Last winter’s blizzard wreaked havoc on our Westfield streets. This prompted the Town Council to conduct a study into how we can avoid the issues we had with clearing roadways in January. This resulted in a new 2016 Westfield snow policy for residents: off road parking for snow events.
New 2016 Westfield Snow Policy
Earlier this week, the Westfield Town Council amended five separate ordinances. These included a new 2016 Westfield snow policy for the upcoming winter season. Residents must park their cars off the streets when snow levels reach three inches or higher. Before, maneuvering crowded streets inhibits snow plows from doing a proper job. Now, empty streets allow quicker and more efficient clearing.
Another 2016 Westfield snow policy involved shoveling snow off sidewalks and driveways. From now on, residents caught throwing shoveled snow back onto the streets face up to $150 in fines per infraction. Instead, snow must be pushed onto the curb or lawn. In the downtown Westfield area, the City takes responsibility for clearing high snow drifts from public walkways.
Jim Gildea, Westfield Town Administrator, suggested that residents share driveways during any scheduled plowing. Another option would be to park vehicles on the front lawn. Wherever you park your vehicles, they must now be off the streets anytime plowing takes place. Residents may sign up for Nixle or Twitter alerts to receive updated messages on their mobile devices.
Other Issues Discussed at Westfield Council Meeting
The new 2016 Westfield snow policy wasn’t the only issue discussed at the Town Council meeting. Demolition fees for single or two-family homes increased from $120 to $1500. Larger structures now cost $2000 to demolish. Westfield homeowners who wish to demolish an old, outdated garage now pay $120. Also, you won’t have to wait until April to dine al fresco. Area restaurants can now open up their outdoor seating areas on March 1st. Smoking will be prohibited.