Snow brings school delays, 256 parking tickets in New Britain on Monday

Published on Monday, 2 December 2019 14:39
Written by Catherine Shen


Students in the Hardware City hoping for a snow day had a delayed start to classes instead on Monday. The first significant snowfall of the season caused a two-hour delay. There were also no morning classes for pre-kindergarten students in New Britain. Berlin schools had a two-hour delay as did Newington and Southington. Bristol and Plainville closed its schools for the day.

After school activities for the Consolidated School District of New Britain were cancelled on Monday. The YMCA daycare program was open until 6 p.m. Monday. Due to the cancelation of afterschool programming, the site of tonight’s regularly scheduled Board of Education meeting has changed from DiLoreto Elementary and Middle School to the New Britain Educational Administration Center at 6 p.m.

City Hall was open for regular hours Monday from 8:15 a.m. to 3:45 p.m.

Mayor Erin Stewart ordered a parking ban that became effective at 12 a.m. today in anticipation of the snow and will likely continue through the afternoon, depending on the safety needs of the city. Parking will be prohibited on all city streets while the ban is in effect.

All vehicles parked on city streets while the ban is in effect are subject to a $100 parking ticket and will be towed at the owner’s expense, according to the city. Residents are urged to cooperate with the parking ban so as to facilitate the removal of snow from city streets.

Crews have been out in full force since 10 a.m. yesterday, according to David Huck, New Britain’s public affairs specialist. In addition to the street crews, there is a sidewalks crew doing snow clearing downtown. Another crew doing streets started at noon and a fourth shift is expected to be brought in at midnight.

“We remind residents and contractors not to plow and snow blow back into the streets,” Huck added.

As of early Monday morning, the city reported two motor vehicle crashes; 256 parking tickets, and 19 towed vehicles.

Free parking is available at the following locations: Osgood Park, Stanley Golf Course, Quonset hut parking lot at 655 Slater Road, city parking lot at Wildwood Street and Linden Street, Washington Park, Martha Hart Park, city parking garages (Bank Street, Chestnut Street, and Columbus Boulevard, at the corner of Washington Street.)

Newington Police responded to 13 motor vehicle accidents Monday morning with property damage only and no injuries, Sgt. Christopher Perry reported around 11 a.m.

Schools were delayed two hours and all buses delivered kids safely, he added.

“As of right now all roads are open and there were no disabled vehicles reported,” Perry said. “We’re doing pretty well considering the snow is starting to pick up a bit.”

Intersections with traffic signals that are blinking or out should be treated as stop signs, he added, and a parking ban will remain in effect through Tuesday evening in order for plows to get through.

“Drive safely,” Sgt. Perry said. “Give yourself enough time to get to your destination. If you do see any disabled vehicles be sure to call police.”

The town of Plainville also instituted a parking ban starting Saturday at 8 a.m. that will run until Tuesday at 10 a.m., according to the Plainville Police Department.

A Southington parking ban was implemented on all streets effective at 2 p.m. Sunday.

Gov. Ned Lamont said Monday that state offices will remain open for regular business hours as an ongoing winter storm continues to impact the state. Early Monday morning, the governor held a unified command call with the leadership of several state agencies, the Connecticut National Guard, and utility companies to assess the situation, according to the state.

“It is slick in some spots but still manageable, so we are advising everyone that if you need to travel you should give yourself extra time and take it slow,” Lamont said. “Leadership from state offices will remain in enhanced monitoring status throughout the day today as some additional snow, sleet, and freezing rain are expected to impact the state during the Monday afternoon and evening hours. I will stay in close contact with them throughout the day and will provide additional updates as necessary.”

A parking ban in Berlin went into effect just before noon Monday, according to Public Works Director Mike Ahern.

All activities at the Berlin Senior Center were cancelled Monday.

The Berlin Economic Development Commission meeting Monday night was cancelled.

Snow was falling at a steady clip Monday morning, with a more significant snowfall expected overnight Monday and into Tuesday. According to WFSB, the area could see 3 to 5 more inches of snow before the storm pulls away Tuesday afternoon. As of noon Monday, Granby had 9.5 inches with Wethersfield reporting 1.5 inches and New Britain seeing 2 inches of heavy, wet snow. So far, it is unclear if schools will be closed or delayed Tuesday, but school, city and town officials are monitoring the storm with any delays or cancellations expected to be announced Tuesday morning.

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Posted in New Britain Herald, Berlin, New Britain on Monday, 2 December 2019 14:39. Updated: Monday, 2 December 2019 14:41.