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Hamden Parking Ban Lifted, Roads Done -- Finally

Twelve days after the blizzard dumped 40" of snow on Hamden, Public Works has finished clearing roads and the parking ban is finally lifted.

 

The town-wide parking ban is lifted as Public Works crews have completed the widening of streets and clearance of roadways, according to Mayor Scott D. Jackson.  

"With the help of private contractors and the National Guard, crews were able to attend to emergency medical calls and worked around the clock to clear roadways from curb-to-curb," he said in a release Wednesday.  

Clearing curb to curb was important because it eliminates potential flooding from rain and melting snow, he said.

  • Parking Ban – As of 4 p.m.  Wednesday, Feb. 20, the parking ban has been lifted.  Vehicles may resume parking on the odd side of the street where legally permitted.
  • Sidewalks – The mayor suspension of the Town's Sidewalk Ordinance, which requires property owners to clear sidewalks within 24 hours of the cessation of a snow event, is now been lifted.  Residents are now responsible for keeping sidewalks passable.  If the amount of snow on your sidewalk creates an extreme burden, call 203-287-7100 for assistance.
  • Fire Hydrants – A reminder that residents are asked to “adopt a hydrant” and ensure that the hydrant closest to their home has been cleared of snow.  If the hydrant cannot be cleared, call the Hamden Fire Department at 203-407-5880.
  • Safe Driving – Drivers are asked to continue to exercise caution, especially at corners and intersections.  Public Works crews are working diligently to reduce the height of snow piled at these spots, but drivers should still exercise greater caution.
  • Storm-Related Property Damages (curbs, driveway aprons, mailboxes) - If you experience damage, visit the town's website at www.hamden.com and click on BLIZZARD 2013 DAMAGE to submit a Service Request for the appropriate category to report any plow-related damage.  This will ensure that the report is entered into the service database and will be added to repair lists for the Spring.

"We would like to take this opportunity to again thank our Public Works crews, Police and Fire personnel and volunteers for their incredible efforts throughout the storm and its aftermath," Jackson said.  "They worked tirelessly to ensure the safety and well-being of our residents.  We would also like to thank our residents and business owners for their understanding, patience and spirit of community in helping neighbors throughout this historic event." 

Bob Caroti February 21, 2013 at 01:05 PM
finished except for the first 100 yards of Thorton Street ... still pretty much one way. Good job otherwise!
cheryl February 21, 2013 at 01:13 PM
ready & planning for the next one? that remains to be seen.
Thomas Alegi February 21, 2013 at 04:13 PM
Mayor Jackson it would be prudent of you to meet with some of your biggest blizzard of 2013 critics, so you can understand first had why I and others have said publicly there was not proper planning for the blizzard of 2013 or any large show storm. I make this above suggestion based on the fact you took the advice of these HamdenPatch blizzard of 2013 critics and implemented their positive suggestions hours after reading there suggestion on the HamdenPatch.
Linda C February 21, 2013 at 06:44 PM
Thomas your willingness to always give the benefit of the doubt is admirable. However, here are a few examples of what you can expect should this sit down ever take place: OK that is one idea to consider. That is a great suggestion and we will bring it up at next meeting. Nooooo this won't result in any tax increase. Yes, I know all Hamden residents have shown utter patience and resourcefulness during this taxing (meant more ways than one) event. Many towns, not just Hamden experienced the same problems. The snow was just to much for us to keep up with, our current machinery isn't meant for such a task. We need to consider possibly purchasing a pay loader or two. This will mean increasing Public Works Budget. We already know where we will get the best price, no need for a bidding process. We will need to send our entire work force for training on the pay loader. We had to sacrifice steady road paving to clear the way for Police and Fire to respond safely. Yes, if all roads were continuously plowed, they all could have responded safely anywhere in town. But Monday morning quarterbacking has never done anyone any good. Thank You all for coming. We appreciate your suggestions, however you have to keep in mind Hamden is a town growing in leaps and bounds and to keep up with this growth we need to operate accordingly. Most Importantly I got some much desired one on one with Governor Malloy and that to me is PRICELESS!
Thomas Alegi February 22, 2013 at 03:25 AM
Linda C, the tragic thing is Hamden is not growing by leaps and bounds. BS (bad strategy) by the mayor and some L/C members is why the quality of life in Hamden has fallen for many Hamden residents. Also, Monday morning quarterbacking has taken losing football teams and made them winning football teams. Winning teams are created by coaches who know how to lead their players to victory in all kinds of adverse weather. With that said, we can now Monday morning quarterback Mayor Jackson’s chose to be an articulate rhetorician mayor, or we can Monday morning quarterback Mayor Jackson’s meager leadership skills? The playbook call is: Historic 40, snowfall, pull hard left. LOL
Linda C February 22, 2013 at 05:58 PM
Bravo Thomas! Well Said.

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