Portland’s Director of Public Services Mike Bobinsky answered a barrage of questions at the monthly West End Neighborhood Association meeting on September 10th, some of them having to do with the City’s plans for removing snow from over 120 miles of streets and sidewalks in the city this coming winter.
Bobinsky talked about the City’s revised Parking Ban policy which allows car owners to park on some streets while City crews are still clearing other streets. The policy change opened up a number of parking spaces during storms when it was first instituted last winter. More details on the Parking Ban policy can be found on the City’s website. (www.portlandmaine.gov/429/Winter-Operations)
Bobinsky also discussed the City’s sidewalk-clearing policies. Property owners are required to clear the sidewalk in front of their properties, providing a 4-foot wide, ice-free path for pedestrians. The City imposes stiff penalties for repeated violators (‘frequent fliers’, Bobinsky calls them) of this policy.
“Maybe it won’t snow this winter,” Bobinsky suggested hopefully at the end of the Q&A.