The clean-up from Saturday’s snow storm was still underway in Barrington on Monday as public works crews turned their attention from roads to sidewalks.
DPW Director Alan Corvi said workers started clearing sidewalks along town-owned property Monday morning. Crews were also tending to sidewalks in front of properties that have a waiver from a town ordinance that requires property owners to clear the sidewalks in front of their property including the disabled or those with financial hardship.
Removal efforts were set to continue until about 11 a.m., with Monday shortened in advance of New Year’s Eve.
Overall, Mr. Corvi said most people around town were in compliance with the sidewalk ordinance. He said many residents were still shoveling on Monday. He said the DPW and police department try to work with residents, offering a knock on the door and a quick reminder before any potential fine.
Barrington Police Chief John LaCross agreed. He hadn’t heard of any complaints Monday morning and said most sidewalks around town appeared to have been cleared.
The town’s ordinance states that sidewalks must be cleared by 6 p.m. on the day following any snowfall. Failure to comply can result in a $50 fine or, for a first offense, a warning.
The town also has a winter parking ban that is in effect from Dec. 1 through March 31. It states that during this period no vehicles shall be parked on public streets between 11 p.m. and 6 a.m. The ban extends for a period of 12 hours after at least one inch of snow has fallen. Failure to comply with this ordinance can result in the police chief or DPW director directing a vehicle to be towed.
Mr. Corvi said there were only a couple of vehicles in all of Barrington that were parked on the road during the weekend’s snowstorm. Mr. Corvi said DPW workers will beep the horn or knock on the door to ask that these vehicles be moved. In this storm, Mr. Corvi said, plows were able to work around the vehicles.
“It was a very minor issue,” Mr. Corvi said.
Preparation for the storm began with sanding and salting of local roadways at about 3 p.m. on Saturday. Plowing began about four hours later and continued on through mid-Sunday morning.