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Greenfield winter parking ban now in effect

GREENFIELD — The town now has a winter parking ban that will continue through April 1.

The ban prohibits parking on the south and east side of most streets at any time during the day or night until after April 1.

Parking is allowed on both sides of Main and Federal streets, as well as Bank Row and in all metered spots throughout town, except between 1 and 6 a.m. — during those hours, on-street parking is not allowed anywhere in town.

All municipal parking lots may be used during the day and evening hours, but vehicles cannot park in most lots between 1 and 6 a.m.

There are three municipal lots that have overnight parking: the lot behind Green Fields Market, the Hope Street lot and the Chapman-Davis Street lot. Cars must leave those lots between 8 and 10 a.m. so that they may be plowed and maintained.

The town’s Department of Public Works also suggests the following:

Trash and recycling

All trash and recycling must be accessible for collection throughout the winter from the street side of all snow banks. In most cases, a “shelf” can be easily shoveled into the snow bank to provide a suitable spot for containers, bags and bins.

Trash and recycling placed on the sidewalk behind snow banks will not be collected.

Sidewalks

Property owners who abut public sidewalks are responsible for removals of snow from those sidewalks within 24 hours after the end of a snowfall. According to a town ordinance, violators will be fined.

Fire hydrants

Property owners who abut public fire hydrants should remove a 2-foot-wide path to and around the hydrant within 24 hours after the end of a snowfall.

Driveways

When clearing a driveway of snow, the snow should be placed on the right-hand side of the driveway, when facing the road. That way, snow will not be redeposited in the driveway on the town plow’s next pass. Large amounts of snow should not be left in the road, because they present safety risks to plow drivers and the public.

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