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Snow Emergency in Salem Begins at 6 p.m.

The city of Salem has announced that a Snow Emergency will take effect Thursday night at 6 p.m.

Salem Patch file photo.
Salem Patch file photo.

The city of Salem has declared that a snow emergency will take effect at 6 p.m. Thursday. The emergency will remain in effect until further notice.

During the snow emergency a parking ban is in effect, and vehicles must be totally removed from city streets and sidewalks or your vehicle will be ticketed and towed.

Also, please note that vehicles must be removed from public and private parking lots, particularly at schools, immediately following the cancellation of the snow emergency (weekends included).

It is the policy of the DPS that snow removal will not take place in alternative parking areas, particularly at parks, until snow operations on city streets are completed. (Please plan your vehicular needs accordingly.)

SNOW EMERGENCY CANCELLATION INFORMATIONPlease consult the City of Salem's website www.salem.com, or call the non-emergency snow information line at the police station at 978-744-0171 ext. 166 for information when the snow emergency parking ban will end.

For more information regarding Snow Emergency procedures pleaseCLICK HERE for a copy of the City of Salem Snow Brochure.


SIDEWALKS

The removal of the snow and ice from sidewalks is greatly appreciated. This will help school children, the elderly, and the general public from having to walk in the street. The City of Salem clears designated sidewalks following each storm. It takes time to accomplish this task and it is only done after all the roads have been cleared.

There are city ordinances requiring property owners to remove snow and ice from their bordering sidewalks within six hours after the snow ceases to fall or the city's snow emergency lights are turned off, whichever time is later. ~If the snow ceases to fall and the snow emergency lights are turned off in the nighttime, the snow shall be removed before 12:00 noon. If he/she neglects to do so, he/she shall be fined $25 for 1st offense, $75 for 2nd offense and $100 for 3rd and subsequent offenses.

DRIVEWAYS

While the Department of Public Services tries to minimize the amount of snow that gets plowed across driveways and exits, it is unavoidable. Clearing driveway openings is the responsibility of the property owner.Plow blades cannot be lifted as they pass by a driveway.Unfortunately, snow will be plowed into driveways as we perform curb-to-curb plowing.You may wish to clear your driveway several times during the storm or wait until the storm and plowing activities have ended.~Snowplowing, shoveling, or throwing snow back onto the street when clearing driveways and sidewalks is prohibited by City Ordinance and violators can be fined $75 for 1st offense, $150 for 2nd offense and $200 for 3rd and subsequent offenses.

ALTERNATIVE DESIGNATED PARKING AREAS
The City of Salem offers alternative designated parking areas that include the following: Museum Place Parking Garage  - 50 cents per hour,South Harbor Garage - 50 cents per hour, Blaney Street Parking Lot (Salem Ferry Landing), Forest River Park,Gallows Hill lower,Mack Park,Broad Street Playground,Castle Hill Playground, Salem Willows Park, the Bentley School Lot,the Carlton School Lot, the Witchcraft Heights School Lot, the Bates School Lot, the Saltonstall parking area on Salem Street only, and the Collins Middle School - Jackson Street parking area.
RH January 02, 2014 at 12:12 PM
It's never been clear to me when it's ok to move vehicles into the garages. At the time the snow emergency is announced? At the time the parking ban begins? Sometime in between?
Merry Christmas January 21, 2014 at 12:09 AM
theres on guy on a culdesac that puts his snow in the street not only during storms but after then puts it sometimes on other peoples sidewalks or parks on the curb so plows don't plow close. bad enough most street can be impassable with surprise snow. the known house has had problems but police do nothing.

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