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Our building's usual plow operator seems to have vanished (website is gone and email is bouncing), so I suddenly find myself looking for somebody to handle it this year. Recommendations highly welcomed.

This is a three-unit condo building with a relatively narrow driveway (fair-sized lot in the back, but big trucks are often too wide to get there), so operators who have some experience with tight quarters especially sought.

We're near Ball/Magoun Squares (Murdock St), if that's relevant.

Thanks for any and all ideas!

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[personal profile] redbird
[copied from email]

This is a message from the Somerville, MA Community Alert System.

Hello, this is Jackie Rossetti with important snow emergency information for Wednesday, March 21. There are some changes to parking regulations for school lots for this storm, so please read/listen to this entire message carefully.

The City is declaring a snow emergency to go into effect at noon on Wednesday. Beginning at noon, cars will have 4 hours to move to the ODD side of the street (unless signage on your street says otherwise). Residents may park in any metered or City parking lot starting at noon, HOWEVER, elementary school lots will not be available for snow emergency parking until 1 p.m. Wednesday as school will be in session for a half day. Somerville High School parking lots will be available after 3 p.m. If you do plan to park in a school lot, please use caution as students, parents and staff may still be exiting schools and lots. Somerville Police officers will be stationed at all schools during pickup time on Wednesday to assist with safety and traffic flow. All other metered and municipal lots will be available at the start of the snow emergency at noon.

Also please note that if you park in a school or City lot, you must be able to move your car from the lot within 2 hours of the end of the snow emergency. So please do not park in a lot unless your schedule is flexible.

Again, as a reminder, this winter season cars must park on the ODD SIDE of the street (unless otherwise posted). Ticketing and towing will begin at 4 p.m. on Wednesday for cars that are not moved to the correct side of the street or to an off-street parking lot.

On Wednesday, Somerville Public Schools will operate on their normal schedules, but all afterschool activities are canceled. All City offices will be open Wednesday, and trash pickup is currently on a normal schedule.

For more information, please visit www.somervillema.gov/snow or contact 311.

Thank you as always for your cooperation and patience during this winter season.

(posting this because [personal profile] ron_newman didn't get there first)
[personal profile] ron_newman
Hello, this is Jackie Rossetti with important snow emergency information for Tuesday, March 13.

The snow emergency will be lifted effective at 7 a.m. on Wednesday, March 14. Beginning at 7 a.m., vehicles parked in any city or school lot will have two hours to move out of the lot. Vehicles not moved from lots by 9 a.m. Wednesday will be ticketed and towed so that City crews can safely plow. Parking meters will go into effect at 9 a.m. Wednesday. Once the snow emergency has been lifted, parking permit stickers must be visible within 24 hours, and cars must be cleared and shoveled out within 48 hours.

Property owners are also reminded that sidewalks not shoveled within 6 daylight hours of the end of snowfall are subject to ticketing each day until the sidewalk is clear. By 1 p.m. Wednesday, sidewalks must be cleared to a 3-foot-wide path down to the pavement, and snow may not be shoveled into the street. We encourage you to also pre-treat sidewalks to prevent ice from forming overnight due to melting snow.

DPW makes every effort to clear bike lanes citywide, but please be advised that conditions could be hazardous and lanes subject to drifting and icing. Please proceed with caution and consider using the main travel lanes or alternate transit.

On Wednesday, March 14, all Somerville Public Schools will be closed. City offices will be open for normal business hours. Somerville Public Libraries will open at 11 a.m. Somerville Recreation will host public skating at the Veterans’ Memorial Rink on Somerville Ave. from noon to 3 p.m., and Open Gym in the Somerville High School gymnasium from noon to 4 p.m. for all interested children and families.

While our crews will also work to shovel out fire hydrants and catch basins, if you are able, we greatly appreciate any help with this as well.

As a reminder, trash pickup continues and is delayed by one day for the rest of the week. Trash and recycling on Wednesday morning will be for the regular Tuesday route.

If you have a non-emergency question, please call 311 (or 617-666-3311 from outside the city).
[personal profile] ron_newman
Hello, this is Jackie Rossetti from the City of Somerville with important snow emergency information for Monday, March 12.

The City is declaring a snow emergency to go into effect at 5 p.m. on Monday evening. Beginning at 5 p.m., cars will have 4 hours to move to the ODD side of the street (unless signage on your street says otherwise). Residents may also park in a municipal or school parking lot. Note that if you park in a school lot, you must be able to move your car from the lot within 2 hours of the end of the snow emergency. So please do not park in a lot unless your schedule is flexible.

Again, as a reminder, this winter season cars must park on the ODD SIDE of the street (unless otherwise posted). Ticketing and towing will begin at 9 p.m. tonight for cars that are not moved to the correct side of the street or to an off-street parking lot.

On Tuesday, March 13, Somerville Public Schools, Public Libraries, and all public city offices will be closed, as the City will be operating with emergency personnel only. Starting Tuesday, trash pickup will be delayed by one day for the remainder of the week.

Due to expected potential blizzard conditions on Tuesday, we strongly encourage all drivers and bicyclists to remain off the roads during the storm. Also, as you are able, please consider checking in on neighbors who may need assistance before, during, and after the storm.
[personal profile] ron_newman
Move all cars to the ODD side of the street, or into municipal or school lots, by midnight tonight.

Somerville schools, libraries, and city offices will be closed tomorrow.

Link to official announcement
[personal profile] ron_newman
Hello, this is Jackie Rossetti with important snow emergency information for Wednesday, March 15.

The City will lift the current snow emergency at 7 a.m. Wednesday morning. Beginning at 7:00, vehicles parked in any municipal or school lot will have two hours to move out of the lot. Any vehicles not moved by 9 a.m. Wednesday will be ticketed and towed so that City crews can safely plow and treat the lots. Please note that while snow is expected to switch over to rain this evening, City crews will continue snow removal operations with large equipment throughout the night tonight, so cars must remain parked according to the snow emergency regulations until tomorrow morning.

Somerville Public Schools will remain closed on Wednesday. Somerville Public Libraries will open at noon, and Somerville Recreation has arranged for Open Gym in the Somerville High School gym, and public skating at Veterans’ Memorial Rink, both from noon to 3 p.m. tomorrow. City buildings will be open at 8:30 a.m. for all other business. As a reminder, trash is delayed by one day for the rest of the week.

Property owners are also reminded that you will have six daylight hours tomorrow to clear sidewalks abutting your property of snow and ice. Sidewalks not cleared by 1 p.m. on Wednesday may result in tickets each day until the sidewalk is clear. However, because we expect rain to move in and temperatures will drop well below freezing overnight, we urge property owners to clear sidewalks as soon as possible to prevent dangerous conditions.

As crews continue to work to clear snow and ice from streets, sidewalks, and lots, they will also work to shovel out fire hydrants and catch basins. If you are willing and able, we greatly appreciate any assistance from residents in shoveling hydrants and catch basins in your area.

If you have a non-emergency question, please call 311 (or 617-666-3311 from outside the city).
[personal profile] ron_newman
Hello, this is Jackie Rossetti with important snow emergency information for Tuesday, March 14.

Based on weather forecasts for a strong Nor’Easter that could bring up to 18 inches of snow along with heavy winds, Somerville is declaring a snow emergency to go into effect 12 a.m. Tuesday morning, however residents may begin moving cars to the even side of the street (unless otherwise posted) immediately, and into designated municipal and school lots after 8 p.m. tonight. Residents must move cars to the EVEN numbered side of the street (unless signage on your street says otherwise), by 4 a.m. Tuesday morning, or will be ticketed and towed. Again, anyone unable to find parking on the correct side of the street may park in any municipal or school parking lot beginning at 8 p.m. Monday evening. Full snow emergency and snow removal policies may be found on the City’s website at http://www.somervillema.gov/snow.

Additionally, please note that trash pickup will be delayed by one day for the remainder of this week, and that there will be NO TRASH PICKUP ON TUESDAY. Somerville Public Schools and all branches of the Somerville Public Library will be closed Tuesday, and all City events have been canceled. City offices will be closed Tuesday, however 311 will remain open, and the City’s social media feeds will be available for questions and concerns.

If you have a non-emergency question or service request, please call 311 (or 617-666-3311 from cell phones or from outside the city). In case of emergency, dial 911.

Thank you as always for your cooperation and patience during this winter season.

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[personal profile] ron_newman
Hello, this is Jackie Rossetti with important snow emergency information for Monday, February 13.

The City will lift the current snow emergency at 9 a.m. Monday morning. Beginning at 9 a.m., vehicles parked in any municipal or school lot will have two hours to move out of the lot. Any vehicles not moved by 11 a.m. will be ticketed and towed so that City crews can safely plow and treat the lots.

Property owners are also reminded that you will have six daylight hours tomorrow to clear sidewalks abutting your property of snow and ice. Sidewalks not cleared by 1 p.m. may result in tickets each day until the sidewalk is clear.

If you have a non-emergency question, please call 311 (or 617-666-3311 from outside the city).

Thank you.
[personal profile] ron_newman
Hello, this is Jackie Rossetti with important snow emergency information for Sunday, February 12.

Based on current weather forecasts, Somerville is declaring a snow emergency to go into effect at 4 p.m. on Sunday afternoon, February 12. Because meters are not in effect on Sundays, residents may begin moving their cars now to the EVEN-numbered side of the street (unless posted signage states otherwise) or into municipal or school parking lots.

Ticketing and towing will begin at 8 p.m. Sunday for cars not moved to the correct side of the street or to a municipal or school lot. Full snow emergency and snow removal policies may be found on the City’s website at www.somervillema.gov/snow.When parking in a lot, please remember that cars must be moved from all lots within two hours of the end of the emergency.

Again, since this is a #ParkEVEN snow season, cars must park on the even side of the street (unless otherwise posted) during snow emergencies.

Somerville Public Schools will be closed on Monday, February 13. As of this time, library, recreation and school activities planned for Monday are to be determined. Some City offices will be open on Monday, however please call before visiting any office to confirm they are open. Trash pickup will continue as usual.

If you have a non-emergency question or service request, please call 311 (or 617-666-3311 from cellphones or from outside the city). In case of emergency dial 911.

Thank you as always for your cooperation and patience during this winter season.
[personal profile] ron_newman
Hello, this is Jackie Rossetti with important snow emergency information for Friday, February 10.

The City will lift the current snow emergency at 6 a.m. Friday morning. Beginning at 6 a.m., vehicles parked in any municipal or school lot will have two hours to move out of the lot. Any vehicles not moved by 8 a.m. will be ticketed and towed so that City crews can safely plow and treat the lots.

Property owners are also reminded that you will have six daylight hours tomorrow to clear sidewalks abutting your property of snow and ice. Sidewalks not cleared by 1 p.m. may result in tickets each day until the sidewalk is clear.

Somerville Public Schools will remain closed on Friday, however all City offices will be open and public libraries will be open with a morning delay. Trash pickup will remain on a normal schedule.

If you have a non-emergency question, please call 311 (or 617-666-3311 from outside the city).
[personal profile] ron_newman
Hello, this is Jackie Rossetti with important snow emergency information for Thursday, February 9.

Based on weather forecasts for up to 12 to 14 inches of snow, Somerville is declaring a snow emergency to go into effect at 12 a.m. on Thursday morning, February 9. Residents can begin moving their cars now to the EVEN-numbered side of the street (unless posted signage states otherwise). Those unable to find parking on the correct side of the street may park in any municipal or school parking lot beginning at 8 p.m. Wednesday. Please note, however, that cars must be moved from all lots within two hours of the end of the emergency. Ticketing and towing will begin at 4 a.m. Thursday for cars not moved to the correct side of the street or to a municipal or school lot. Full snow emergency and snow removal policies may be found on the City’s website at www.somervillema.gov/snow.

Again, because this is a #ParkEven snow season, cars must be moved to the EVEN-side of the street (unless posted street signage says otherwise) during emergencies.

Somerville Public Schools, all Somerville Public Libraries, and City offices will be closed on Thursday. Trash pickup will continue as usual.

If you have a non-emergency question or service request, please call 311 (or 617-666-3311 from cellphones or from outside the city). In case of emergency dial 911.
Thank you as always for your cooperation and patience during this winter season.
[identity profile] dahdahdahdancer.livejournal.com
Now that many of us are scrambling to find help shoveling snow, I just wanted to send a warning about how I got scammed last winter by a "service" run by a guy named Jared Wright. He offered a contract for the season and wanted the entire amount up front. I signed, I paid. And I never saw him again. If you are approached by him, run away as fast as you can.
[personal profile] ron_newman
Hello, this is [Somerville] Mayor Joe Curtatone with important snow emergency information for Saturday, January 7.

Based on current weather forecasts, the City is declaring a snow emergency to go into effect at 10 a.m. on Saturday morning, January 7th. Beginning at 10 a.m., cars will have 4 hours to move to the EVEN side of the street (unless signage on your streets says otherwise), or into a municipal or school parking lot. Again, as a reminder, this is the first winter season where cars must park on the EVEN SIDE of the street (unless otherwise posted). Ticketing and towing will begin at approximately 2 p.m. on Saturday for cars who are not moved to the correct side of the street. Please review posted signage on your street in advance. For more information, please visit http://somervillema.gov/snow or contact 311.

At this time, all recreation and school programming planned for Saturday will continue as planned, and all three branches of the library will remain open. Trash pickup scheduled for Saturday due to this week’s holiday delay will continue as normal.

Thank you as always for your cooperation and patience during this winter season.
[identity profile] secretlyironic.livejournal.com
We're a 2-family looking for snow removal for this winter. Any advice from the group?
[personal profile] ron_newman
Hello, this is Meghann Ackerman from the City of Somerville with important snow-related information. A snow emergency has been declared effective starting at 7 p.m. on Sun., March 20. To avoid getting a ticket or being towed, vehicles must be moved to the odd-side of the street (unless otherwise posted), or to a city or school parking lot by 11 p.m. on Sunday. Because parking is not enforced on Sundays, you can begin parking in these lots immediately tonight, and may remain there until the emergency is over. If possible, please consider sharing driveways with neighbors to create additional parking spots for those without driveways.

Somerville Public Schools will be closed on Monday. Public libraries will be open and Recreation activities will go on as planned. Trash and recycling pickup will remain on a normal schedule.

For more information about Somerville’s snow policies, please visit http://www.somervillema.gov/snow. If you have a non-emergency question or service request, please call 311 (or 617-666-3311 from cellphones or from outside the city). In case of emergency dial 911.
[personal profile] ron_newman
Just got this email from Somerville Community Alert system:

Weekend Storm Predicted. Please Plan Ahead.

We wish we were writing to simply say, “Happy Spring!” Unfortunately, Mother Nature isn’t quite finished with winter. So, as much as it pains us to say it, please prepare for the possibility of a snow emergency for this weekend’s storm. At this time, there is NO snow emergency in effect, however, because an emergency declaration is possible, if you are planning to go out of town for the weekend, please plan ahead and move any cars left behind to the odd side of the street (unless otherwise posted) before you depart. If and when the decision is made to declare an emergency, we will notify you via our usual channels, so stay tuned. In the meantime, think happy thoughts of spring!

(The email didn't include that link; I added it because it currently shows a 76% probability of more than 8 inches of snow)
[personal profile] ron_newman
Hello, this is Jackie Rossetti from the City of Somerville with snow-related information for Mon., Feb. 8.

Somerville's snow emergency will end as of 7 p.m. this evening, and normal parking rules will go back into effect. Vehicles parked in school and City lots MUST be moved within 2 hours of the end of the snow emergency. Cars not moved from these lots by 9 p.m. tonight may be subject to ticketing and towing.

Additionally, permit enforcement will resume at 9 p.m. Tuesday, so please make sure your parking permit is visible.

Property owners are reminded that they have 6 daylight hours after snow ends to clear sidewalks of snow and ice or you may be ticketed.

We appreciate your patience and cooperation during this storm. For more information on post-snow policies, please visit http://www.somervillema.gov/snow. For more information or to submit a non-emergency service request, please dial 311 or 617-666-3311 from cellphones or outside Somerville.
[personal profile] ron_newman
Hello, this is Jackie Rossetti from the City of Somerville with important snow-related information. A snow emergency has been declared effective starting at 5 a.m. on Mon., Feb. 8. To avoid getting a ticket or being towed, vehicles must be moved to the odd-side of the street (unless otherwise posted), or to a city or school parking lot by 9 a.m. on Monday. Because parking is not enforced on Sundays, you can begin parking in these lots immediately tonight, and may remain there until the emergency is over. If possible, please consider sharing driveways with neighbors to create additional parking spots for those without driveways.

Somerville Public Schools and all public libraries will be closed on Monday, and all recreation activities are cancelled. Trash and recycling pickup will remain on a normal schedule.

For more information about Somerville’s snow policies, please visit http://www.somervillema.gov/snow. If you have a non-emergency question or service request, please call 311 (or 617-666-3311 from cellphones or from outside the city). In case of emergency dial 911.
[personal profile] ron_newman
Hello, this is Meghann Ackerman from the City of Somerville with information about the end of the snow emergency. Somerville's snow emergency will end, and normal parking rules will go back into effect, today at 9 p.m.

Due to the late hour, owners of vehicles parked in city and school lots will have extra time to move their cars from the lots. Normally cars must be moved within two hours of the end of the emergency. This time only, vehicles may be left overnight, but must be moved by 8 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 6, so that the lots can be safely cleared of snow. Permit enforcement will resume at 9 p.m. on Saturday, so make sure your parking permit is visible by then.

Property owners are reminded that they have 6 daylight hours tomorrow to clear sidewalks of snow and ice.

We appreciate your patience and cooperation during this storm. For more information on post-snow policies, please visit http://www.somervillema.gov/snow. For more information or to submit a non-emergency service request, please dial 311 or 617-666-3311 from cellphones or outside Somerville.
[personal profile] ron_newman
(I don't know why the city is doing all of this for a minor little storm, but here it is)

Hello, this is Meghann Ackerman from the City of Somerville with important snow-related information that we suspect everyone was hoping to never hear again. A snow emergency has been declared effective starting at midnight tonight, Friday, Feb. 5. To avoid getting a ticket or towed, please move your vehicle to the odd-side of the street or a city or school parking lot by 4 a.m., unless otherwise posted. You may begin parking in municipal lots immediately.

Property owners are also reminded that snow and ice must be cleared from sidewalks, to a width of 36 inches, within 6 daylight hours after snowfall ends.

Somerville Public Schools will be closed on Friday, Feb. 5, and all Recreation Dept. programming will be canceled. Libraries will remain open and trash and recycling collection remains on a normal schedule.

For more information about Somerville’s snow policies and a map of snow parking lots, please visit http://www.somervillema.gov/snow. If you have a non-emergency question or service request, please call 311 (or 617-666-3311 from cellphones or from outside the city). In case of emergency dial 911.

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