Winter Tips

Note: Residents can pickup free sand and salt at the entrance of the old Highway Garage on Beacon Street.

During a Snowstorm

Residents can assist the Highway Department during a snowstorm by heeding these suggestions:
  • Trucks are plowing or spreading sand/salt. Stay back from the vehicle 100 feet to avoid problems. Plow trucks often have to back up. There are blind spots in the mirrors. For your safety, do not pull directly behind them. They may not be able to see you.
  • Observe winter parking bans. Cars are likely to be towed at owner's expense.
  • Reduce your speed and drive cautiously.
  • Remain off the road during snowstorms unless absolutely necessary.
  • Please do not plow, shovel or snow blow snow out onto the street. This is prohibited by town bylaw and is subject to a fine.
  • Do not allow children to make snow forts at the edge of the road.
  • Do not place rubbish or recycling bins in the street during snowstorms, as they will interfere with snowplowing.
  • Another area of concern is mailboxes. We do not deliberately knock over or damage mailboxes. The primary cause of mailbox damage is heavy snow discharged from the plow blade. On rare occasions, a mailbox is struck by a plow due to reduced visibility during a snowstorm and or snow banks. Hence, residents are encouraged to place mailboxes at the maximum allowable distance from the pavement.
  • Before final cleanup of your driveway, check the road. If it does not appear to be widened out, a plow will return to plow again, and may push snow back into the entrance of your driveway. Doing this might keep you from clearing your driveway more than once.
  • Finally, please have patience. Snow plowing is a time consuming and laborious job covering approximately 175 miles of road. Some residents will have their roads plowed first and some will be last, but all town roads will be cleared. The Highway Department is devoted to providing the residents with dependable snow removal in the shortest time possible. With your cooperation, we will all benefit during a snowstorm.