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Melrose snow emergency plan posted

Posted by Travis Andersen  December 11, 2009 11:00 AM

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Melrosians beware: as in prior winters, residents who park their vehicles on the street during an officially declared snow emergency will be subject to tickets and possible towing, according to regulations posted this week on the city’s website.

Snow emergency announcements will air on MMTV, the city's cable access station. And if residents are unsure if Mayor Robert Dolan has declared an emergency, they can call the City Yard at 781-665-0142 from 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, or the police main line at 781-665-1212 for updates during off hours.

Bob Beshara, the city’s public works superintendent, said in an e-mail that Melrose declared about four emergencies last year, adding that residents who violate the street
parking rule can expect a ticket but probably not a tow.

“We don’t really tow much like other communities do. We only request tows if absolutely necessary,” Beshara said. “Police make every effort to notify the vehicle owner
before they tow.”

He added that a parking job would have to severely imperil public safety to prompt a tow.

“We make a judgment based on access issues for fire, ambulance and police, the severity of the storm, the anticipated duration yet to come, the location of the vehicle, and the anticipated problems we will have should we not tow," Beshara said.

Plowing and sanding will occur during all emergencies. Plowing will commence when the roads accumulate more than three inches of the flaky stuff.


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