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by Melissa Bailey & Paul Bass | Feb 16, 2014 1:16 pm

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You’ll need to read about all this again to find out when your car might get towed, and when your street might get plowed. That’s because officials worked around the clock this weekend to revise a plan for clearing streets from the past few storms.

Officials Sunday afternoon released new details of their evolving plan to clear out the mounds of ice and snow that continue to plague streets around town. Mayor Toni Harp had department heads spending 48 hours this weekend “breaking through” bureaucratic “silos” to come up with a coordinated plan “to get the city’s transportation system functioning again,” reported Doug Hausladen, the head of transportation, traffic and parking. A series of snowstorms gradually left more than a foot of packed-in snow and ice, compounded by a failure to enforce a neighborhood parking ban to allow plows to do their jobs.

Here’s what is still true under the new plan, as of 1 p.m. Sunday: Technically, no one anywhere in town may park on the odd side of the street this week. Otherwise they may be ticketed and towed. The hours of the ban are now Monday 9 a.m. until Sunday 3 p.m. That way plows can come in and widen travel lanes. School lots will be open for people to park their cars. (Here is a map of open school parking lots.)

Here’s what else is still true: Technically, people living on 37 narrow roads (the list appears later in this article) may not park on the street at all this week. That way payloaders and backhoes can make it in to remove the mountains of white stuff somewhere else.

Here’s what has “evolved”: the plan for when and how to tow people and do the clearing work, and how to let you know about that as the week progresses.

The Odd-Side Ban

The new plan is tied to garbage pick-up.

Each morning, after regular crews pick up your curbside garbage, city traffic department staffers will come ticket cars still parked on the odd side of the street. Then the towing companies will come in to haul away those cars. Then a public-works crew driving two salters and four eight-foot plows will move in to get the street done. Same street. Same day.

That’s the plan. It’s modeled in part on how the city does street-sweeping.

Here’s a catch: Because of President’s Day Monday (a government holiday), the crews won’t start doing this job until Tuesday. If you usually have garbage picked up on Monday—this week it’s Tuesday. If it’s usually Tuesday, this week it’s Wednesday ... on through Saturday.

Starting Monday, traffic, fire, and police department staffers will drive through neighborhoods announcing the upcoming towing over public-address systems on their cars.

Here’s some bad news: The plows will again push huge piles of caked-in ice and snow at the foot of your umpteen-times-shoveled driveway. You’ll need to get out the shovel again.

The parking ban will remain in effect for the week in case the city has more work to do. But officials plan to have a map on the city website which they will update with a “green light” for parts of town where the operation is completed and towing will cease, according to Hausladen. We’ll give you updates on this as the week progresses.

“Hopefully there are no cars” left on odd sides of the street starting Monday “and we get no revenue for this,” Hausladen said. “All we’re trying to do is do what everybody is asking us to do—clear our streets and get us back to work.”

The 37 Streets

The “removal” effort (as opposed to just plowing) on the 37 clogged narrow streets will begin Monday, not Tuesday, according to Hausladen.

People may not park on either side of those streets beginning Monday at 9 a.m.

The public-works department will post notices a day before it hits each of the 37 streets, Hausladen promised. Then crews will tow the cars and bring in the payloaders and backhoes to retrieve and remove the piled-up snow and ice on the same day, he said.

The city has tentatively planned to hit those 37 streets in two batches, two days at a time. But that may change depending on how challenging the ice proves to remove, Hauslden said. Midnight-to-6a.m. removal operations will continue to take place in parts of downtown, including around Gateway Community College and the central business and government district, in coming days. Here’s the revised schedule for the 37 narrow neighborhood streets:


MONDAY/TUESDAY 2/17 & 18

MARVELWOOD
FAIRFIELD
ELLSWORTH
ARGONNE
CARMEL
YORK SQ.
HENRY
HARDING
LILAC
IVY

WEDNESDAY/THURSDAY 2/19 & 20

MAPLE
NORTON ST.
STANLEY
BATTER TER.
HOTCHKISS
SCRANTON
IRVING
KING PL
EDGAR
BUTTON
WILSON
CASSIUS


FRIDAY/SATURDAY 2/21 & 21

SHEFFIELD
EDGEHILL
COTTAGE
AVON
CANNER
CLARK
ACADEMY
HUGHES PL
ST. JOHNS
GREEN
WOLCOTT
SHELTER
CLAY
LLOYD
SALTONSTALL


An earlier version of this story follows:
Thomas MacMillan File Photo (Updated: Sunday 9 a.m.) You won’t be able to park on the odd side of the street for a whole week, as the city scrambles to make up for failing to enforce a neighborhood ban and then clear streets in recent snow storms.

Starting Sunday Monday at 9 a.m., the city will ban parking on the odd side of all residential streets for an entire week, Mayor Toni Harp announced.

The ban will allow the city to dig out from Thursday’s Winter Storm Pax, which dropped 9 to 11 inches of heavy snow on top of a base of 8 inches.

Update: Here’s how the ban will work, according to the city’s director of emergency operations, Rick Fontana: The ban will begin Monday Feb. 16 at 9 a.m. and end Sunday Feb 23 at 3 p.m. During that time, cars are to park only on the even-numbered side of the street, or risk ticketing and towing. School parking lots will be open for use all week, since schools are closed for vacation. Once your street is “plowed to the curb” you can go back to parking on either side of the street.

The city will be targeting 37 narrow streets for more intensive snow removal. Starting Monday at 9 a.m., people shouldn’t park on the odd side of those streets. Additionally, the city will be asking people to remove cars from both sides of those streets to make way for snow removal. The city will post warnings on the 37 streets in advance of the intensive removal operations there.

(The city initially issued the ban starting Sunday at 9 a.m., then moved the start time to Monday at 9 a.m. Here is a map of open school parking lots.)

Town Green Special Services District and Gateway Community College will remove snow in downtown overnight Monday from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m.; areas where parking is banned will be posted with signs.

Harp first announced the ban at a Friday morning briefing at the city’s Emergency Operations Center at 200 Orange St. The announcement capped days of debate reviving the question of whether or not the city should enforce an odd-side residential parking ban during storms. After a series of storms left some streets unplowable in 2011, officials and neighbors agreed the city should start ticketing and towing cars before snow piles up in successive storms. But this year officials abandoned that approach. Because the city did not enforce such a ban in the storms over the past two weeks, hard snow and ice were already mounded up on the even sides of streets when Pax hit town Thursday, making that side impossible to plow without damaging plow equipment. So the city didn’t bother instituting a residential parking ban for Pax.

Melissa Bailey Photo As a result, snow plows had a difficult time navigating them. One 26-year veteran driver dinged several cars trying to make his way through two lanes of parked cars. (Read about that here.)  All of the city streets have been plowed at least once, and are now passable to emergency vehicles, according to city officials.

 

Now the city plans to take advantage of next week’s February school vacation to open up school parking lots so that people can get their cars off the road to make way for snow removal—not just plowing—from the streets. The city plans three operations during that time, according to Fontana:

• Clearing snow on the odd side of residential streets.
• Removing snow from 37 specific narrow streets.
• Plowing to the curb on emergency snow routes.

From 12 a.m. to 6 a.m. Friday, crews from the Town Green Special Services District will also remove snow from downtown, though there will be no parking ban, according to city transit chief Doug Hausladen.

Hausladen said by 5 p.m. Friday, he will unveil a Google Map of available parking lots, including those at city schools. The map will also identify the 37 narrow streets that the city plans to clear within the next week. (Scroll to the bottom of this story for a list.)

The Department of Public Works will post signs on the narrow streets to alert neighbors to move their cars, Hausladen said. He said he will also use electronic means, such as SeeClickFix.com, to notify people. Snow removal is a time-consuming and costly process, he said, but it’s necessary to help people free their cars.

Meanwhile, Hausladen said the city has been ticketing and towing on snow emergency routes. The city towed 241 cars overnight Thursday night, he said.

At Friday’s EOC meeting, U.S. Sen. Dick Blumenthal took note of the city’s operations so far. He said he plans to join the governor in lobbying the federal government for reimbursement and possibly extra resources, such as salt, for the storm response.

Blumenthal sounded an alarm about a national shortage of salt amid “storms of frequency and ferocity unparalleled in recent history.”

Fontana said the city has 500 tons of salt on hand, enough for the next storm that is set to hit Saturday, dropping up to 4 inches of snow. The city buys the salt at $84 per ton from a supplier at New Haven Terminal, which receives the cargo by boat. So far, the supplier is not running out, he said.

Update: The city Sunday released a revised schedule (updated from Saturday’s) for clearing 37 narrow streets. People should move all of the cars on those streets in time before the payloaders arrive:

MONDAY/TUESDAY 2/17 & 18

MARVELWOOD
FAIRFIELD
ELLSWORTH
ARGONNE
CARMEL
YORK SQ.
HENRY
HARDING
LILAC
IVY

WEDNESDAY/THURSDAY 2/19 & 20

MAPLE
NORTON ST.
STANLEY
BATTER TER.
HOTCHKISS
SCRANTON
IRVING
KING PL
EDGAR
BUTTON
WILSON
CASSIUS


FRIDAY/SATURDAY 2/21 & 21

SHEFFIELD
EDGEHILL
COTTAGE
AVON
CANNER
CLARK
ACADEMY
HUGHES PL
ST. JOHNS
GREEN
WOLCOTT
SHELTER
CLAY
LLOYD
SALTONSTALL

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posted by: tootss on February 14, 2014  2:09pm

Seems to me that if the ban was enforced in
the first place the city wouldn’t be banging their heads now.  Where do they think people that don’t live near a school or public parking are going to park for a whole week!  Someone like me that lives on a city street and no where to park is screwed!

posted by: TheLefty on February 14, 2014  2:11pm

So instead of a shorter (24-36 hour?) pre/mid-storm ban we now have a SEVEN day ban?  Ugh…

posted by: Anderson Scooper on February 14, 2014  2:17pm

Will the City be towing, or just ticketing? If they are towing, that is a complete reversal, and will there be any special warnings in advance? (Signage, police bull-horns, etc?)

Also, will residents be able to return their cars to the odd-side, AFTER the snow has been plowed?

Finally, is there any plan to do the even-sides later?

posted by: robn on February 14, 2014  2:29pm

A thumbnail sketch of the problem…

New Haven has 225 miles (1.18M’) of road (NH CAO)
If you parked cars on both sides of every road 25’ on center that would be a capacity of 94,400 cars.
New Haven has 47,000 households. (census)
30% of New Haven Households don’t own a car. (census)
Therefore, there are at least 32,900 cars in New Haven (probably more with multiple car households)
Half are parked off street (wild ass guess) leaving at least 16,000 cars on streets
New Haven has 8000 parking spaces in public garages (NH Parking Authority)

We can solve it if everyone chips in and with punitive measures for those who don’t. I’ve already offered off-street space to neighbors. Will you?

posted by: Ex-NHPD on February 14, 2014  2:57pm

Something has gotten my curiosity/interest over the past couple of days. 

In the photos taken of Rick Fontana during this Snow “Emergency”, he is seen wearing a blue shirt and a white shirt.  Each has a “Badge” embroidered on it.  He is also seen in a picture with an actual Badge, worn on his belt.

Does anyone know what agency this Badge represents?  Is it a Badge/Shield of the Office of Emergency Management?  If so, does anyone else carry such a Badge?  Does it give Fontana (or others) any Enforcement Powers/Authority?  Is this something new under the current Administration, or has it always been around?  Inquiring mind(s) would like to know.

As a bonus, we get Senator Dick “Where are the Cameras?” Blumenthal sounding an alarm about the shortage of salt due to “storms of frequency and ferocity unparalleled in recent history”.  Do these Politicians even think before they unleash their Hyperbole?  I will agree the frequency has been high, but the ferocity?  C’mon man! How many of this winter’s snowfalls can be considered ferocious?  Just after
Blumenthal’s alarm sounding about the scarcity of salt, Fontana stated that the city’s supplier is NOT running out of salt!

The reason the City is requesting $ and resources form the Feds is their negligence and incompetence in doing the job of plowing correctly in the prior snowfalls.

An added note—yesterday, NHPD Officers were ordered to go to a Hardware Store to buy snow shovels.  Officers coming onto duty on the afternoon shift had to dig NHPD Patrol Cars out of the snow to go on duty!!!  You can’t make this stuff up.

posted by: 32knot on February 14, 2014  3:03pm

Could it get any more embassasing??  I hope Senator B is having buyers remorse having endorsed a mayor that can not clean up a mid sized snow storm. We are asking for federal help to clean up 10"of SNOW??  It is not enough to win the race for office, now you have to govern and PROVIDE BASIC SERVICES ( like plowing snow). A previous commenter mentioned Chicago’s Mayor Bilandic, I lived in Chi-town during that time. The Daly Machine broke down with Biladic and then Mayor Jane in charge and didn’t get back on step until Richie Jr took charge. It looks like the NH Democratic Machine is also broken down big time. How can we expect the Machine to get the big things right like economic developement and jobs when it can not get the simple things right.

posted by: DR on February 14, 2014  3:24pm

The week-long parking ban shows little imagination. Here’s another way.
1. Parking ban on the narrow streets first. Get them plowed.
2, Have a lottery for the order in which the odd sides of streets will be done to the curb by their plowing region. When an odd side is plowed, cars can park there.
3. When the odd sides are completed, ban parking on the even sides and get them cleared to the curb.
And when the plows are clearing intersecting streets, have them clean the corners so that drivers can make turns.

posted by: Gauss on February 14, 2014  3:28pm

Dear City of New Haven,

Make up your d**m mind about these parking bans and be consistent! I have just spent two hours digging up my car and moving it (because I’m supposed to move it every 72 hours), and now you tell me that one side of the street is completely off limits and you will be towing or ticketing. How about towing and ticketing BEFORE the storm?

posted by: Shaggybob on February 14, 2014  3:43pm

I for one am glad to see this new administration doing what needs to be done instead of ducking the issue- yes they should have been more proactive, but late is better than never in this case. My biggest gripe has been that snow emergency routes are some of the narrowest roads around.(because of cars not heeding the ban not PW’s fault) It’s too bad they had to burden people with towing costs, but it is what it is.
241 cars- see it can be done ! May have been less if they gave people an alternative place to park. (this is a long term issue to solve)
I wasn’t a Harp supporter, but am slowly changing my tune. Calling in the National Guard with access to heavy equipment and owing up to we need to fix what we “didn’t do” just shows a sense of responsibility to the residents of this town and was/is the best move I have seen made by this city in years- that’s what these resources are there for !!! These narrow streets should be on a permanent TOW EVERY STORM LIST !
@anderson scooper- in the article it says they will post signage-autocall and use click fix. I hope they also heard use police bullhorns making announcements like during/after the blizzard.

I agree neighbors should also help spread the word and help provide temporary parking to help.

Long term we still need to come up with a comprehensive snow removal plan and implement it for EVERY STORM. a KEY ISSUE IS PROVIDING THE LARGE NUMBER OF PEOPLE WHO ONLY HAVE OFF STREET PARKING WITH A PLACE TO PUT THEIR CARS DURING STORMS.  This is a good summer project for us all to work on. Start calling your Alders now and demand action !!

posted by: Pat from Westville on February 14, 2014  3:51pm

Just a few thoughts re snow removal (a repeat, reworked comment to another Independent story).

The problem as I see it is the standard snow “removal” procedures I’ve observed during the last 20 years or so. The streets are plowed, removing snow from the road and pushing it into curbside mountain ranges which are just left. What happened last week is that compacted snow hardened to the point that plow operators trying to clear this week’s snowfall feared damage to plows from last week’s concrete hard snow.

My thought is that the carting away (real “removal”) should become part of standard snow removal. Push the snow curbside, then cart it away while it while it is still reasonably soft.  Obviously, that isn’t feasible for every street in the city, but at least the posted snow routes/main arterials should be done. That would also solve the problem of bus passengers’ access to buses (a particular concern of mine, as people may guess from several of my posts on this), as coincidentally enough most of CT Transit’s buses use these (Whitney, Whalley, Dixwell, Goffe, Kimberly, Elm, Edgewood, etc). Another benefit would be not having drivers’ vision obstructed by intersection corners piled high with snow.

As for costs and possibilities, I would imagine that the construction company that did the carting away with tri-axle trucks and pay loaders in last year’s epic February snowstorm could supply numbers, how much snow was trucked away, how much equipment and personnel were needed, as a base for planning.

posted by: Westville voter on February 14, 2014  4:10pm

Decorum and NHI comment policy do not permit the proper words to described how messed up this is. If the city had done its job after the previous snowfall, we would not have this problem. Instead, now we have yet another plan b, more wasted time and money, and another round of begging for federal help. Does it really require the intervention of a US Senator to get the streets plowed? What an embarrassment!!!! This will end up taking longer and costing more than last year’s actual blizzard did. We cannot afford to continue to ignore constant failure. It snows in New England. Why does the city not have a plan to deal with it instead of going through this every single time? If the current personnel cannot manage this,they must be replaced. If the politicians won’t address this, they must be run out of office. No more!

posted by: cedarhillresident! on February 14, 2014  4:26pm

halfass backwards…who is the brain trust of this? I say DR has it right.

This week long ban comes off as punishment to the residents because the city dropped the ball. Come on! Really a week long ban when the weeks weather is going to be in the 40’s

This is beyond silly it is sad. And a costly mistake that someone should be held responsible for.

posted by: member on February 14, 2014  4:33pm

To Ex NHPD-
Here is the command structure of emergency operations, their authority and job description.

Lieutenant Gary W. Cole NHFD
http://cityofnewhaven.com/Mayor/pdfs/Without Contacts/2.1.B Emergency Management.pdf

posted by: Threefifths on February 14, 2014  4:34pm

I will say it again.The city could have paid for one of these.

SNOW DRAGON® SNOWMELTERS
MELTING SNOW WORLDWIDE


http://www.snowdragonmelters.com/home.asp?ID=2


Geothermal and Solar Heat Used to
Melt Snow on Roads.

http://www.caddet-re.org/assets/no76.pdf

posted by: member on February 14, 2014  4:41pm

And yes Rick position is no different from Mayor Destefano’s administration. Rick does a incredible job and is a more then valuable asset to the city. That EOC runs like a Swiss Clock with him in there.

posted by: member on February 14, 2014  4:52pm

I must ask. What is wrong with Police Officers shoveling out patrol cars? See what happens during an emergency, it’s all hands on deck and ALL pitch in. The Water Authority owns every hydrant in the city, except some private ones. Every major snow fall from 9am-9pm the Fire Department shovels everyone of them, including the private ones. We do this because it’s our sworn responsibility to protect the citizens and their property. I can’t imagine a strong, capable police officer would ever mind living up to his sworn responsibility by complaining about buying a shovel and shoveling his patrol car out to uphold that responsibility. To Serve and Protect I believe would include shoveling your vehicle I’m sorry.

posted by: Joe City on February 14, 2014  5:01pm

There are hardly any parking spaces left that are usable in the neighborhood, and now most of those are off limits for a whole week?That’s unreasonable. How can they expect any compliance with that? They need to pick the bad spots and focus on those. This just gets worse and worse.

posted by: 203kristina on February 14, 2014  6:00pm

Now that we know that there’s an Emergency Operations Center(!) how about shoveling the bus stops!! Things are dangerous as we stand out in the street to catch a bus!!!! Thank you, Mayor Harp!

posted by: Melissa Bailey on February 14, 2014  6:01pm

@Anderson Scooper:

Here’s how the ban will work, according to the city’s director of emergency operations, Rick Fontana: The ban will begin Sunday Feb. 16 at 9 a.m. and end Sunday Feb 23 at 3 p.m. During that time, cars are to park only on the even-numbered side of the street, or risk ticketing and towing. School parking lots will be open for use all week, since schools are closed for vacation. Once your street is “plowed to the curb” you can go back to parking on either side of the street.

The city will be targeting 38 narrow streets for more intensive snow removal. Starting Sunday at 9 a.m., people shouldn’t park on the odd side of those streets. Additionally, the city will be asking people to remove cars from both sides of those streets to make way for snow removal. The city will post warnings on the 38 streets in advance of the intensive removal operations there.

posted by: cp06 on February 14, 2014  6:16pm

Is the city REALLY going to get rid of snow along with this parking ban? Wasn’t it reported that plowed “could not” plow to the curb due to unplowed snow from previous storms turning into heavy and hard blocks of ice that would damage the plowing equipment? What is the city going to use to get rid of the packed, melted and re-frozen snow from other storms during this parking ban?

posted by: anonymous on February 14, 2014  7:01pm

Sidewalks around Yale are pristine. Sidewalks on Whalley and other state roads are nonexistent and families with children are forced to walk in the middle of 50 mile per hour traffic, carrying infants, just to get around. Almost none of the bus stops are clear. Malloy and Harp evidently could care less about poor people who don’t drive.

posted by: ohnonotagain on February 14, 2014  7:08pm

X NHPD I enjoyed your comments and you hit the nail on the head on all counts! 
A bit taken back by the PD and shoveling their squads out with there own store bought shovels which I am sure they will get reimbursed and get to take the shovels home. Just sayin!

posted by: cupojoe on February 14, 2014  7:28pm

Joke Haven. Can’t make this stuff up!!!

posted by: Edward Francis on February 14, 2014  7:43pm

“The Water Authority owns every hydrant in the city, except some private ones.”  Actually Gary Cole the New Haven Fire Department owns all the hydrants in the City of New Haven and as you stated except the private ones.

posted by: Christopher Schaefer on February 14, 2014  8:17pm

“the city did not enforce such a ban in the storms over the past two weeks” or, as Ex-NHPD put it, “The reason the City is requesting $ and resources from the Feds is their negligence and incompetence in doing the job of plowing correctly in the prior snowfalls”. Therefore residents should demand an investigation of Mayor Harp’s entire administration: the unfolding of—“Snowplow Gate”!
As for Senator Dick ‘Where are the Cameras?’ Blumenthal, you don’t get to be the 5th wealthiest member of Congress by avoiding the media…

posted by: Elm City Lifer on February 14, 2014  10:19pm

Fontana wants to take credit for this disaster so be it.  What a mess.  Why is the EOC guy part of making any decisions anyway he should report the weather. Harp better start knowing who knows whats going on in this city to avoid the disaster that we are in now. A job NOT well done.what a mess.

posted by: Ex-NHPD on February 14, 2014  10:20pm

If Gary Cole must ask, I must tell.

NHPD Officers utilize their Police Cars to respond to calls for service, back up other officers, assist the NHFD, initiate MV stops, conduct Field Interviews, interdict in high crime areas, assist the public in many ways, and so forth.  The calls for service are waiting as they start their shifts.  The Officers are expected to go into service as soon as possible when their shift begins. 

They can’t do this when their Police Car is snowed in or stuck because the street was not plowed.

Either Public Works plowed and snowed in the Police Cars or Public Works did not plow and Police Cars were stuck in unplowed snow.  With either scenario, it was a huge bobble by NHPD AND Public Works.

When I was a Shift Commander at the NHPD, we had an action plan to deal with getting W. Water Street and the area surrounding NHPD plowed, with as few Police Cars as possible getting negatively impacted.  It involved coordinating with the Police Garage, on-duty NHPD Supervisors, and Public Works.  No one wins when Police Cars are snowed in and Police are delayed from getting out on the road to do their job.

If NHFD Vehicles were parked on City Streets instead of inside Firehouses, I think there would be an Action Plan to make sure they are not plowed in or not plowed. And well there should be one.

NHPD Radio Cars are EMERGENCY VEHICLES.  Doesn’t it make sense not to incapacitate them during Snowfalls?  It takes the Emergency out of Emergency Vehicle.

Finally, the link you posted to the Command Structure of the Emergency Operations was a dead end.

posted by: Claudia Herrera on February 15, 2014  1:31am

My son found this.

https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=559316694164345&set=vb.100002580585272&type=2&theater;

posted by: member on February 15, 2014  12:10pm

@ exnhpd-Easiest way then would be go to cityofnewhaven.com and in the search bar type emergency management, when the results come up go to fourth one down which says “Emergency Management” that will bring up what you’re looking for right up.

posted by: member on February 15, 2014  1:15pm

Also I just inquired about the shovels purchased. A request was put into the Emergency Ops Center for 25 shovels by the police cheif. A worker was sent to a City Supplier and purchased these shovels. They were requested to put in the squad cars in case they needed them if they were to get stuck. Public Works did the plowing around PD Headquarters they did one side of So. Orange the Squads were moved to that side then the other was done.

posted by: theheights on February 15, 2014  3:10pm

I am so frustrated with all of these changes. I understand what it’s like to live in a city and have a problem with snow plowing. But, please - someone make up your mind with when and if you are going to have a parking ban. Make a decision and stick to it. This is ridiculous.

posted by: robn on February 15, 2014  4:09pm

CLAUDIA, 

That’s the coolest peice of equipment I’ve seen in a long time. I just did a quick search and it looks like the attachment is under 10 grand.

posted by: Claudia Herrera on February 15, 2014  6:54pm

Rob I head you!
Now imagine investing by buying ( not rentals) these equipment and using the Yale’s environmental groups acknowledge?  more than cool I think is realistic. And doable?

posted by: Doug Hausladen on February 16, 2014  2:10am

My apologies on the delay!

Here’s a map of the parking availabilities courtesy of the Board of Education, New Haven Parks Department, and the New Haven Free Public Libraries. Parking is at your own risk, and a special thank you to the Board of Education for making so many parking spaces available in our communities:

https://veoci.com/veoci/p/map/r/dd82fp8zg9u3

posted by: Doug Hausladen on February 16, 2014  2:18am

This is a map of the narrow streets prioritized for removal per NHPD and NHFD. IMPORTANT** due to the snow storm on Saturday, removal has been pushed back a day. So the days may be off by one, but I have listed them below as well: https://veoci.com/veoci/p/map/r/hxrhu2mrvbky

TENTATIVE SCHEDULE for snow removal operations on narrow streets:

Monday & Tuesday

MARVELWOOD
FAIRFIELD
ELLSWORTH
ARGONNE
CARMEL
YORK SQ.
HENRY
HARDING
LILAC
IVY


Wednesday & Thursday

MAPLE
NORTON ST.
STANLEY
BATTER TER.
HOTCHKISS
SCRANTON
IRVING
KING PL
EDGAR
BUTTON
WILSON
CASSIUS


Friday & Saturday

SHEFFIELD
EDGEHILL
COTTAGE
AVON
CANNER
CLARK
ACADEMY
HUGHES PL
ST. JOHNS
GREEN
WOLCOTT
SHELTER
CLAY
LLOYD
SALTONSTALL

posted by: Doug Hausladen on February 16, 2014  2:26am

There has been an update to the Downtown parking bans. These will be limited in area (i.e. not the entire downtown) and will be posted with the normal signs that declare the parking ban.

Overnight on Sunday 12am-6am (technically Monday) DPW & Parks will be removing snow.

Overnight on Sunday 12am-6am (technically Monday) Town Green Special Services District in tandem with Gateway Community College will be removing snow.

Thank you to those crews and especially to Town Green for everyone’s commitment to getting the City of New Haven back to work.

posted by: Lisa on February 16, 2014  12:28pm

Doug Hausladen,  what happened to the rolling bans that you had told me about.  Is that no longer going to happen?  Also, I notice that Pleasant st was on the first list, but it does not appear anywhere in the schedule listed.  What happened there?

posted by: cp06 on February 16, 2014  12:42pm

Thank you, NHI for keeping us informed. Especially since the city stopped sending out EOC updates and there’s no updates on the city website or anything.

posted by: Lisa on February 16, 2014  12:53pm

I just tried to call the Emergency Operations center and I was told that they are closed.  The woman I spoke to said they are only open during snow emergencies and we don’t have a snow emergency.  So who is running the snow removal?  And how do we get clarification on things like the 2 streets missing from the snow removal schedule?  NHI, do you know?

posted by: realitycheck57 on February 16, 2014  1:56pm

If you need a location as to where to dump the snow/ice on removal: The Green. Last time around, we were told it can’t go straight into the Sound, so just put it on the Green. It’s not like we use it for anything during the winter anyway.

posted by: ohnonotagain on February 16, 2014  2:43pm

Update update update! I am so confused I need another update!

posted by: ohnonotagain on February 16, 2014  2:50pm

PS> OOOPS! Dang it! We forgot Monday is a Holiday said no one from the administration until they realized and gave out a new update! Update? Yes, everything is pushed back a day? I think?????? or at least this new update indicates that.

posted by: ohnonotagain on February 16, 2014  2:52pm

PSS Wouldn’t it just be easier to move out of the city for awhile?

posted by: NewHavenTaxTooHigh on February 16, 2014  9:47pm

This is a total joke and waste of taxpayer money. Maple and Argonne are NOT narrow streets. I ran down Maple yesterday and there is NO problem with parking on that street. Hardly anyone parks on that street to begin with because there aren’t many houses on some blocks and the blocks with houses have plenty of driveway space.

posted by: tootss on February 17, 2014  8:46am

Can someone please give me a straight answer? All these changes can make you dizzy. Do we need to stay off the odd side the entire week or just the day your trash is scheduled for pickup?

posted by: cedarhillresident! on February 17, 2014  8:56am

OK I AM SO F-ING CONFUSSED NOW!!!!!!!

ok so the only day I have to worry about is my trashday..(push one day forward because of the holiday) So…..My trash day is Thursday morning…I can not park on the odd side Friday morning???? The other days I can????

If that is the case….that is actually a good plan to use in the future. But I need confirmation so I can call people and let them know.

posted by: ohnonotagain on February 17, 2014  9:57am

Cedarhill, by the time you get confirmation (if you can) that plan will have changed with a new update! Like I said, maybe it would be better to just move out of the city for awhile!

posted by: tootss on February 17, 2014  11:00am

This is what is on the city’s website,looks like the ban is only in effect on the odd side of your street the day of trash pickup, can someone with knowledge PLEASE confirm this!  May people have asked and not a single person with authority has responded!

Parking Ban Will Be Enforced on Trash Pickup Schedule
While the parking ban is in effect for all residential neighborhoods until Sunday, February 23rd at 12am, enforcement will follow the Trash Pickup Schedule which is a day behind due to the holiday Monday, where enforcement will occur downtown.


Enforcement may still occur if you parked blocking the travel lane, within 25 feet of an intersection, 25 feet of a bus stop or 25 feet of a fire hydrant.


To find the trash pickup day for your neighborhood, please check the map - it reflects the current day this week.


Trash Pickup Map

posted by: jhonn_m on February 17, 2014  11:11am

So help me out here:
• Now instead of just parking on the even side of the street, I can’t park AT ALL on my street for the next week!?
• Or rather, I CAN park after the snow is cleared (in this case Monday/Tuesday)?
• Or, I can park on the even side of the street, but I won’t get ticketed/towed?

Can the NHI just put out a new story with the CURRENT plan? Adding “UPDATES” to the existing story is just making it more confusing.

posted by: tootss on February 17, 2014  1:14pm

Not sure if this is helpful to anyone but I just checked with my Alderman, and it is his understanding that there is no parking on the odd side of the streets the entire week.

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