Update: Stratford Parking Ban to Be Lifted 6 p.m. Friday

Mayor makes announcement on his official Facebook page.

Stratford Mayor John A. Harkins Credit: Patch File Photo
Stratford Mayor John A. Harkins Credit: Patch File Photo
Updated 4:30 p.m.

The town-wide parking ban will be lifted at 6 p.m. Friday, according to a recent post on the mayor's official Facebook page.


Mayor: Stratford Plows Moving Onto Secondary Streets

Posted 11 a.m. Friday

Stratford Mayor John A. Harkins gave the following winter storm update Friday morning on his official Facebook page:

Here is the latest update on the winter storm:

  • Snow removal operations will continue throughout the day. With the snow having stopped falling, public works crews have moved off of the main roads and on to secondary and side streets.
  • An alternate side of the street parking ban remains in effect. Residents are asked to move their vehicles off the road completely, or to move them to the “odd” side of the street to allow for crews to clear the roadways throughout town.
  • There were no power outages overnight in Stratford. At the town’s request, UI did have personnel at the EOC in the event outages did occur.
  • The Emergency Operations Center will be shut down as of noon today.
  • With bitter cold temperatures forecast over the next 48 hours, residents are asked to check on any elderly neighbors or those with special needs. Also, remember to keep pets indoors in the extreme cold.
  • Town buildings can be used a temporary warming centers throughout the business day.
Stay safe (and warm!), Stratford.

Russell January 03, 2014 at 01:00 PM
I believe my town officials do their job well, but I need to voice my opinion on one issue that has plagued my area for the last 7 years. I commend anyone who does snow removal as a job. It has really long hours and can be 24 hours a day so I very much respect the work. However somebody somewhere is not managing it correctly. These comments are not directed at any one official, it is a general statement. I think our elected officials work hard but as a citizen of Stratford I have a right to state a grievance. I realize that Stratford has main streets, national interstates, state roads, town roads, Cul de Sacs and all sorts of different roads titles. Can we just get consistent service; every road should have been cleared once during peak snow accumulation and at the end of a storm. So that emergency crews can get to the sick or elderly if needed. This is peak time for heart attacks and slips and falls. Has anyone done a calculation on how much snow can be moved over a given paved surface for a given truck size? I have personally seen two town scout trucks that have driven on my road with a plow attached, like to know why it was not being used. What is the volume of snow moved per labor hour for the department of public works? People have to go to work, most people don’t get paid if they can’t make it to work. Less income hurts the Stratford economy because they will be less likely to spend their reduced pay check in town. Please enforce the alternate side rules, NYC seems to have minimal issue with this. People don’t respond well to lassie faire law enforcement. If this is the reason why the plowing job is deplorable in my area so be it, please change it! I will probably be the first to get a ticket but at least I can drive somewhere. Somebody needs to enforce the rules. Stratford is not Miami; it is New England, it snows here every winter and the response is always so poor. I have immediate family members who live in the Berkshires and New Hampshire on dirt roads who are always plowed out before my section of town, sometimes by days. I realize snow removal is probably one of the greatest expenditures for the town but really it snows every year. Does anyone in town planning put a 10% cushion into the budget for this kind routine maintenance or is it just shifted to look like Stratford has more cash on hand? It is January, only the beginning of a long winter. Snow removal may be labor resourcing issue, however it is likely a management issue as well. Last night a large town plow made 6 passes down my street; this occurred when we didn’t even have an inch of snow, this is commendable but not efficient. Try clearing the roads during snow storm and then in 12 hour increments to maximize access to roads. Unlike most Fire, EMS, or Police we don’t have or can’t afford steel chains on our tires, not to mention it’s illegal for average people to have to get to work. Thank you for your effort in advance!
max January 03, 2014 at 01:30 PM
I totally agree. After living here for 25+ years, the plowing of my street is dismal at best. I attribute it to the fact that no politician or town board member lives on my street, so there's no "need" to plow out us average taxpayers.
Yooper January 03, 2014 at 03:41 PM
I used to live in Stratford and now live nearby. The last few years the plowing hasn't always been slow or fast...it's usually half-fast.
Walt January 05, 2014 at 03:12 PM
Go slow = more OT


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