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March 5, 2014

Council looks for better way to clear snow

HAVERHILL — The city’s winter parking rules aren’t working for inner city neighborhoods, several city councilors said.

The rules, which begin in November, allow parking on one side of the street only for one month, then switch to allow parking only on the opposite side of the street in the following month, and so forth until spring.

But councilors said those rules don’t work in a winter with a lot of snow storms such as this one.

“We’ve had an extraordinary amount of snow this winter and the inner city is a mess,” Councilor Mary Ellen Daly O’Brien said. “The curbside snowbanks are hazardous, especially in our congested neighborhoods. We have to find a better way to handle snow in the inner city.”

The council agreed to send a letter to Mayor James Fiorentini and Public Works Director Michael Stankovich asking them to develop better plans for handling snow in “a really bad winter.”

Options that were discussed at last night’s council meeting included switching back and forth to allow parking on one side of the street than the other for shorter periods of time while plows clear snow from each side of the street; allowing parking on the same side of the street all winter; and conducting more aggressive removal of snow from streets and sidewalks in inner city neighborhoods.

The council asked the mayor and Stankovich to report back to them on the matter at a future meeting.

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