City officials remind residents of snow rules

City officials remind residents of snow rules

PAWTUCKET – After an early-season snowstorm last week, Public Works Director Eric Earls is asking residents to get re-acclimated with snow removal operations.

Officials have announced rules for snow ban parking advisories that take effect in the case of a snowstorm, and are reminding residents that they are responsible for clearing snow and ice from their sidewalks intended for pedestrians no later than the first 12 hours of daylight after the end of a storm, according to city ordinance.

Violators are subject to fines, starting at $25 for a first offense. From November 2018 to April 2019, there were 103 violations, according to Wilder Arboleda, spokesman for Mayor Donald Grebien. Officials are most concerned about major business thoroughfares and routes to school where students and parents tend to walk, said Dylan Zelazo, the city’s director of administration. Most residents understand that clearing sidewalks helps them and their neighbors get around, he said.Zelazo said the city has also had success with a program where high school students volunteer to help shovel sidewalks for seniors and people with physical limitations. “We’re always looking to get more snow shoveling volunteers,” he said. “There are certainly more folks who hear about the program every winter.” To volunteer, contact Tom

Hodge at 401-728-0500, ext. 357, or email

As far as parking ban enforcement, Earls said no ban was put in place last week.

The city will typically declare a winter storm emergency if there is a forecast of two or more inches of snow, according to a release, at which time an on-street parking ban will go into effect on all streets and all vehicles must be moved off the street until the ban is lifted.An ordinance approved in 2016 allows city residents to park their vehicles in their yards during a parking ban, adding an alternative to moving a car to a city lot, but officials last week said they haven’t seen a significant number of people doing that.

Under the rules, people must move their cars off their yards within 24 hours of a ban, and residents who are renting need permission from property owners to park in the yard.Here’s a list of public parking locations where residents can park their cars during a parking ban.

West Side parking areas

• Morley Field off Moshassuck Street • Veterans Park field off Smithfield Avenue

• Nathanael Greene School, 285 Smithfield Ave.

• St. Edwards Church lot, Weeden Street

• Baldwin School, 50 Whitman St.

• Slater/Cunningham School, 281 Mineral Spring Ave.

• Marrin and Pine Street lot

• George and Grace Street lot

• Varieur School, 486 Pleasant St.

• Max Read Field off Pleasant Street

• Municipal lot, Dexter at Andrew Ferland Way

• Humes and Broad Street lot

• City Hall • Third level only of parking garage, Park Place

East Side parking areas

• Broadway and Exchange St. lot

• Agnes Little School (Back) Ashburn Street lot

• Henry J. Winters School, 481 Broadway• Curvin-McCabe School, 466 Cottage St.

• Flora Curtis School, 582 Benefit St.

• Sweet andDaggett Avenue lot

• Potter-Burns School, 973 Newport Ave.

• Whittier and Newport Avenue lot

• Littlefield Street and Armistice Boulevard lot

• Fallon Memorial School, 62 Lincoln Ave.

• Newport Avenue lot beside the fire station

• Slater Park field parking lots

After a ban is lifted, people have two hours to move their vehicles out of the municipal lots or face towing and a $100 fine, according to city ordinance.

One lot that may become unavailable to use later in the season is Winters Elementary School during construction, but for now “it’s business as usual,” Earls said.