I watched with glee as the car of a local miscreant was towed away. During previous snowstorms, this person left his car parked on the street in spite of a citywide parking ban. As a result, plows could not effectively remove snow, narrowing the street so much that emergency vehicles could just barely make it through. Last night, police cruisers rolled down the street several times, stopping along the way to tell residents to move their vehicles into the public school lot located just around the corner. Most vehicle owners immediately heeded the order. Two cruisers parked side-by-side in the widest part of the street, waiting. A bit after the parking ban officially went into effect, a tow truck arrived and hauled away the car responsible for repeatedly narrowing the street. It’s the small things like this that bring a little joy into an otherwise monotonous and irritating season.
Today, Mayor Segarra issued a State of Emergency due to the record snowfall:
(January 27, 2011) — Mayor Pedro E. Segarra issued a State of Emergency today because of the record-shattering amount of snow that has fallen this month in Hartford.
“Storm after storm after storm has hit Hartford and we need State assistance in clearing away the snow and ice so that we can accommodate all the people who live, work, and visit Hartford. Urban areas like Hartford are densely populated and have less open space so there are limited options as to where to put these growing mounds of snow. Connecticut’s Capital City is the job center for the region and state and we must be able to keep pace with the demands that come with this responsibility, We are home to major hospitals and corporations so public safety and safe transportation are essential,” said Mayor Segarra.
Mayor Segarra signed the State of Emergency because of rapidly deteriorating conditions after this most recent storm, on top of the snow and ice accumulations from the storms of the past two weeks.
“The conditions of our streets must not put our residents and properties at risk,” said the Mayor.
The parking ban remains in effect until 8:00 p.m. Thursday, January 27th. If your car is ticketed and towed, information on its location may be obtained by calling the HPD Record’s Division at (860) 757-4150 between the hours of 8:00 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Please have either the VIN (Vehicular Identification Number) or the license plate number available. You will be given the name of the company that towed your vehicle, their telephone number and your tow number. In order to avoid or minimize storage fees, please pick up your vehicle as soon as possible. Storage fees begin to accrue after 24 hours. The tow charge is $108.00.
The $99.00 snow emergency violation ticket is separate and payable to the Hartford Parking Authority.
Once again, Mayor Segarra urges property owners to shovel their walkways, sidewalks, driveways and curb-cuts and clear-away snow from fire hydrants. Please do not shovel the snow back into the street.
“The City can’t do this alone. We need everyone’s help and cooperation from individual residents to large corporations.
Reminder: Regularly scheduled trash/recyclable pick up on Thursday will be delayed until Friday and Friday’s pick-up will now occur on Saturday.
Budget note: Hartford’s snow removal budget for this fiscal year is $730,206. Though figures are still being calculated and monitored, there is less than $300,000 remaining.
Shelter update: Immaculate Conception (860-724-4823) at 560 Park Street is open, as is McKinney Shelter (860-722-6922) at 34 Huyshope Avenue.
The Mayor is reaching out to the business community. Details will be released once those conversations are complete.
We might not be able to control the weather, but we can do something about how we respond to it. Taking responsible actions as community members is part of that.