It is the town's responsibility (or the state's if a state Highway e.g. Route
3 Maple Street) to clear snow from streets and make them passable for
public use. First the town opens the road, making one swipe down the
middle from each side of the road. Once they've done this throughout the
whole town they then go back and widen the road. Residents shouldn't
clear their driveway aprons until the roads have been widened or the
aprons will fill in with heavy wet snow from the streets.
It is the owners responsibility to clear the snow from the sidewalks within 24 hours after the snow or ice storm ends.
It is the owners responsibility to clear around the fire
hydrant within 24 hours after the snow storm ends. The accumulation
cannot be left more than four inches below the bottom of the lowest
outlet on any fire hydrant. Snow must be cleared within a radius of
three feet from the center of the hydrant, and a path three feet wide
made to the street.
When you or your landscaper clears your driveway they
cannot push the snow across the street and deposit it in front of your
neighbors house. The town must push back snow as far as it can. This
practice can occasionally deposit large quantities of snow on the
driveway apron. This can't be avoided. One thing residents can do to
minimize the snow on their driveway apron is to pile shoveled snow to
the right as you face the street. That way the shoveled snow will be
carried down the street and not pushed back into the driveway.
In order to provide a fair and uniform resolution to
disputes involving mailboxes damaged by town snowplow and snowplows
contracted by the town to plow town roads, the Wethersfield Town Council
established the following policy concerning repair/replacement of
- All mailboxes should be securely fastened to a
sturdy post which is sufficiently anchored in the ground to resist the
impact of plowed snow.
- In accordance with current postal guidelines, the
mailbox should be at least nine (9) inches from the curb or edge of
pavement in order to prevent contact by the snowplow itself. The height
of the bottom of the mailbox should be between 42" and 48" from the road
- If it is determined a mailbox was struck by a town
snowplow, the town will reimburse the owner $25 for the post and $15 for
the box. The town will not repair or replace any mailbox.
No mailbox or post will be considered for the damage reimbursement if the post shows dry rot or is otherwise unstable.
The town will reimburse the owner for damage to the
mailbox and/or post only when the town's snowplow is found to have made
direct contact with the mailbox, not when the box is knocked over by
snow or slush that is pushed by the plow.
Sand is available for residents to use on their sidewalks
and driveways. You can pick it up at two locations, the Transfer
Station at 100 Marsh Street and beyond the tennis courts at Millwoods
Park. Sand is available in the Transfer Station the beginning of
November and in Millwoods Park once we finish picking up leaves from
curbside (normally, the beginning of December).
Putting Snow on the Street
Per Town Ordinance
"No person shall lay, throw, blow, place or plow
or cause to be laid, thrown, blown, placed or plowed on or into any
public street or way any snow or ice from any private property, public
or private sidewalk or public right-of-way. If, in the removal of snow
or ice from any such property , sidewalk or way, it is necessary to
temporarily place snow or ice on any public street or way, such snow or
ice shall immediately be removed from the public street or way by and at
the expense of the person causing such deposit. The penalty for each
violation shall be $50 and each and every 24 hours period of failure or
neglect to comply with the provisions of this section shall be deemed a
separate offense or violation."