Winter Information

Snow on Main Street
Winter Sand for Colchester Residents
This winter the Colchester Public Works Department is again providing a sand pile for use by Colchester residents for private yards and driveways. It is not intended for contractors or any other commercial enterprises. This program was successful last year, but we will continue monitoring usage to ensure the sand is being used as intended. Any misuse may necessitate a reevaluation or elimination of the program.

The sand pile is located just outside the gate of the Town Garage at 711 Blakely Road and will be replenished throughout the winter season. Residents must provide their own containers and tools to load them. The Town will not provide equipment or labor to load the sand.

Winter Parking Ban
The Colchester Public Works Department would like to remind residents of the following winter maintenance ordinance:

Chapter 12, Sec. 12-32 of the Code of Ordinances states that “No automobile shall be parked without authorization on publicly owned land within the Town and including, by way of illustration and not limitation, public and municipal parking lots, drives and ways, including the highways of said Town, between the hours of 10:00 p.m. and 6:00 a.m. from the 15th day of November in each year until the following 15th day of March.”

Violation of this ordinance makes our winter operations more difficult and dangerous. We ask for your assistance in helping us keep this winter’s travel safe for all.

Ice and Snow in Public Places
The Colchester Public Works Department would like to remind residents of the following winter maintenance ordinance:

Chapter 13, Sec. 13-29 of the Colchester Code of Ordinances states that “No person, by their own act, or through their agents or employees, shall throw, put, push or otherwise deposit snow or ice in the following public areas without written permission from the Director of Public Works or his/her designated representatives:
On the paved or traveled portion of any public street
On any Town sidewalk”

Snow and ice pushed into the traveled portion of a public street or sidewalk poses a safety risk to the public, as it impedes the flow of vehicles, including emergency vehicles, and pedestrians. We ask for your assistance in helping us keep this winter’s travel safe for all.

If you have any questions on any of the above, please call Floyd Sheesley, Operations Manager, at 264-5621.

Snow and Ice Removal Plan