City of Fall River Winter Weather
During a storm, our objective is to keep the roads accessible for police, fire and ambulance services. After the storm, we strive to make the roads safe for the general public.
Removing snow and ice from Fall River’s 40 miles of public roads is a challenging task. It involves coordination of private and city owned plows, and personnel The hours can be very long, with operations conducted during the most severe weather and driving conditions. We realize that an operation of such size and complexity is bound to generate complaints & requests for additional service.
Since it may take several hours for plows to make their way to your street, please be patient and hold off on early calls for service during a storm. If you believe a request for service is warranted and sufficient time has passed for us to have responded, please call 508-324-2600. This number will be staffed or your call will be recorded and the information relayed to staff for action.
Please keep in mind that driving in winter storms should be avoided whenever possible. In every winter storm, there are periods when road conditions are hazardous despite best efforts. Our work to restore safe road conditions is completed more quickly and more efficiently when roads are free of traffic and parked cars.
There are ordinances in place which prohibit throwing shoveled snow into the streets. City Code also addresses clearing sidewalks, parking bans during a Snow Emergency, and other winter weather related notices put in place for the safety of Fall River’s residents and the City Staff.
Sec. 66-32. Duties of abutting property owners regarding snow and ice on sidewalks.
(a) No owner or tenant of any estate abutting on a sidewalk shall place or suffer to remain for more than five hours between sunrise and sunset any snow upon such sidewalk, or any ice upon such sidewalk unless such ice is made reasonably even and covered with sand, salt or other acceptable material to prevent slipping; nor shall any person place any ice or snow in a street outside of the sidewalk unless the ice or snow is made reasonably even at the time of placing. For the purposes of this section, sidewalks shall include wheelchair ramps extending from the sidewalk to the street.
(b) A violation of this section shall be subject to the procedures and fines established for the non-criminal disposition of ordinance violations contained in sections 2-1021 through 2-1025 of the Revised Ordinances.
(Rev. Ords. 1988, § 18-5; Ord. No. 1994-7, 4-26-1994; Ord. No. 2008-17, 5-13-2008)
State law reference— Removal of snow from sidewalks, etc., M.G.L.A. c. 85, § 5.
Sec. 66-33. Placing snow or ice on cleared sidewalk or driveway.
No person shall deposit or cause to be deposited any snow or ice on any cleared sidewalk or driveway. This section shall not apply to vehicles under the control or jurisdiction of the department of community maintenance in the performance of its duties.
(Rev. Ords. 1988, § 18-5.1; Ord. No. 2008-40, § 9(66-33), 7-15-2008)
Sec. 70-314. Emergency parking prohibitions due to weather conditions.
(a) Whenever impending weather conditions threaten to constitute a traffic hazard impairing transportation, the movement of food and fuel supplies, medical care, fire, health or police protection or other vital facilities of the city, the mayor or the director of community maintenance shall be empowered to declare that an emergency exists and to issue an order prohibiting parking on public streets as set forth in this section. Such parking prohibition shall become effective at such time as specified by the director of community maintenance or the mayor after such prohibition is placed in effect and announced on both public radio stations in the city. The director or mayor shall, if time permits, also give such other notice as he deems advisable through newspapers and television stations. Failure to do so shall not stay the imposition of the prohibition.
(b) When such prohibition becomes effective, no person shall park or allow, permit or suffer a vehicle registered in his name to be parked on the hydrant side of all public streets.
(c) Unless otherwise prohibited by this chapter, parking shall be allowed on both sides of any street or portion thereof that is divided by a traffic median. Parking against the median is prohibited.
(d) Such prohibition shall remain in effect until rescinded by the mayor or director of community maintenance.
(e) This section shall only be effective during such times as official traffic signs are posted and maintained at or near the city line on all ways entering the city.
(f) Emergency parking prohibitions due to weather conditions:
(1) On the east side of the street for streets that travel north-south.
(2) On the south side of the street for streets that travel east-west.
(Rev. Ords. 1988, § 14-224; Ord. No. 2004-5, § 2, 4-23-2004; Ord. No. 2008-40, § 11(70-314), 7-15-2008)
Sec. 70-315. Tow-away zone regulations.
(a) Generally. In accordance with the provisions of M.G.L.A. c. 40, § 22D, the city council hereby enacts the following regulations authorizing the removal to a convenient place of vehicles parked or standing in such manner or in such areas as are described in this section on any way under the control of the city. Vehicles specifically exempt by state law shall not, however, be subject to such removal.
(b) Authority of police. The moving or towing of any vehicle under the provisions of this section shall be by and at the direction of the chief of police or such other officer of the rank of sergeant or higher as he may from time to time designate.
(c) Fees. The city council hereby imposes upon the owner of any vehicle moved or towed or towed to a convenient place under the provisions of this section the following fees:
(1) Removal or towing fees not to exceed those provided in or as authorized by statute law.
(2) Storage fees not to exceed those provided in or as authorized by statute law.
(d) Liability for damage during removal or storage. The contractor shall be liable to the owner for any damage arising out of negligence caused to a vehicle in the course of removal and storage.
(e) Vehicles subject to towing. Vehicles found in violation of the provisions of this section, except those specifically exempt by law, shall be removed to a convenient place under the direction of an officer of the police department, and the owner of the vehicle so removed or towed away shall be liable for the cost of such removal and storage, if any, as set forth in subsection (c) of this section. The owner of any vehicle removed or towed away under the provisions of this section shall also be subject to the penalties provided in M.G.L.A. c.
90, § 20A. No person shall stand or park or allow, permit or suffer any vehicle registered in his name to stand or park in any of the following places:
(1) Upon any way in such a manner as to impede the removal of snow or ice or upon any way in violation of emergency parking prohibitions contained in section 70-314
(2) Upon any sidewalk.
(3) Upon any crosswalk.
(4) Upon any way within 20 feet of an intersecting way except alleys.
(5) Upon any way within ten feet of a fire hydrant.
(6) On the roadway side of any vehicle stopped or parked at the edge or curb of the way.
(7) In front of a public or private driveway.
(8) Upon any way where the parking of a vehicle will not leave a clear and unobstructed lane at least ten feet wide for passing traffic.
(f) Records of towed vehicles.The police department shall keep a record of all vehicles towed or removed under the provisions of this article. Such record shall be retained for one year and shall contain the following information:
(1) The registration of the vehicle.
(2) The location from which it was towed and time and date of the tow order.
(3) The location to which it was moved.
(4) The fee charged for towing.
(5) The name of the towing contractor, if any.
(6) The name and rank of the officer who authorized towing.
(Rev. Ords. 1988, § 14-225)
Parking is not allowed within 20 feet of a corner to allow access for snow removing vehicles. Parking is allowed, unless posted, on both sides of any street that is divided by a traffic median but parking against the median is prohibited.
If any vehicle is in violation of the parking ban and must be towed to clear streets for plows or emergency vehicles, the owner must call the Police Department at 508-324-2801 for the location of the towed vehicle. All towing fees must be paid to the respective tow company prior to release of the stored vehicle.
Resident are also reminded that reserving parking spaces on public streets is prohibited by law as is shoveling or blowing snow into a public street. Property owners should make sidewalks passable to pedestrians by sundown on the day of a snowstorm.
Where to put the Snow?
Residents and businesses should not shovel, blow, plow or throw snow onto the streets or pile it so as to block sidewalks. City Ordinance section 66, chapter 32 prohibits this and could result in a fine.
Snow Storms & Extreme Cold
Where Do I Park?
Motorists are reminded that when a parking ban is in effect, parking is allowed on the north side of all city streets that run east and west and that parking is allowed on the west side of all streets that run north and south. In most cases this means no parking on the fire hydrant side.
During a parking ban, please call the Fall River Police Station at 508-324-2801 for the location of the towed vehicle. All towing fees must be paid to the respective tow company prior to the release of stored vehicles.
Alternative Designated Parking Areas
The City of Fall River offers alternative designated parking areas.
The locations are:
Flint Municipal Parking Lot on Cash at Pleasant Street
There are many Fire Hydrants in the City of Fall River. Help us Keep Fall River Safe by shoveling around the hydrant near your home.
City ordinance Section 66, Chapter 32 Duties of abutting property owners regarding Snow and ice on sidewalks.
(a) No owner or tenant of any estate abut ting on a sidewalk shall place or suffer to remain for more than five (5) hours between sunrise and sunset any snow upon such sidewalk, or any ice upon such sidewalk unless such ice is made reasonably even and covered with sand, salt or other acceptable material to prevent slipping; nor shall any person place any ice or snow in a street outside of the sidewalk unless the ice or snow is made reasonable even at the time of placing. For the purpose of this section, sidewalks shall include wheelchair ramps extending from the sidewalk to the street.
(b) Whoever violates the provisions of this section shall be punished by a fine not exceeding $50.00 for each offense, and not only the person actually doing the prohibited thing, but also his employer and every other person concerned in so doing, shall be punished by such fine.
How Can I Help...
Ahead of the snow falling
Listen to weather forecasts.
Familiarize yourself with snow emergency information and parking rules.
Find a location to move your vehicle.
Check the city’s website for current information and local TV and Radio stations
While the snow is falling
Monitor snow accumulation.
Check the city’s website and/or phone numbers for a snow emergency declaration.
Move your vehicle according to snow emergency parking rules.
Visit, phone, or email your neighbors to remind them of parking rules.
After the snow falls
Remove snow and ice from your sidewalk within 24 hours of snowfall.
Remove snow near fire hydrants.
Check on elderly or disabled neighbors.
Be sure trash and recycling containers are visible; not buried under snow.
Coping with Snow Storms
Pile snow to the right of the driveway to reduce the potential of having it re-deposited in your driveway entrance.
Snow should be kept on the owners’ property or in the gutter. (not on the street)
Wait to shovel your driveway until after the storm to avoid doing it twice.
If trash pick-ups are suspended due to a storm, remove all bins to prevent being buried in snow.
Help prevent flooding by clearing storm drains near your residence this will allow rain/melting snow to enter the drainage system.
Older residents or persons with health problems should consult their physician before shoveling snow.
Police/Fire/Medical Emergencies - 911
Mayor’s Office (Storm Central) 508-324-2600
Police Department 508- 324-2801 **
Community Maintenance 508-324-2760
The cost of a parking violation during a ban is $40 not including towing and storage fees. During a major snow storm, towing and storage fees will vary dependent on the towing company.
** All parking issues should be directed to the Police department. Please call 508-324-2801 **
Trash & Recycle Pick-up
Due to inclement weather conditions the routes may be canceled for safety reasons.
If this occurs your trash and recycling will not be picked up until road conditions are considered safe. If you have experienced a missed pick-up by E-Z Disposal you will need to contact them directly. Please make a note on the site that whether you call or email you should always include the city with your message.
T: 781-233-2211E: firstname.lastname@example.org