Winter Hints

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Following these town ordinances, safety rules and suggestions will help ensure a safe winter season. Please check the Public Works page at for more information.
Trash Barrels: During a winter storm, it is imperative that trash and recycling barrels are placed at the end of the driveway – not in the street! Barrels in the street pose a danger for drivers and do not allow safe snow removal operations. Paine’s rarely cancels trash services due to inclement weather so please have your barrels out by 6 a.m. on your designated trash day.

Driveways: The frustration of watching the plow fill the end of a freshly-shoveled driveway may be alleviated if you shovel or plow snow to the right side of your driveway, as you face the street. Do not shovel or plow snow into the street as it creates a hazard and you may be liable in the case of an accident.

Mailboxes: Your mailbox takes a serious beating from the weather, especially in the winter. The postal service suggests a yearly mailbox check-up. Guidelines for the installation and care of your mailbox can be found at the USPS website or by checking with your local post office.
In accordance with Granby Town Ordinance, the Town of Granby will take responsibility for the repair of a mailbox damaged as the result of direct contact with a snow plow. Mailboxes that are damaged from the force of the snow that is thrown against them or damaged due to improper installation are the responsibility of the resident.

Parking: Granby Town Ordinance prohibits the parking of any vehicle on a town road from the start of a snow or ice storm until 12 hours after the storm ends. Vehicles that violate the parking ban may be towed at the owner’s expense.

Sidewalks: Granby Town Ordinance require a homeowner whose property abuts a sidewalk to keep it clean of snow and ice. In the event of a snow or ice storm, residents have up to eight hours after the end of the storm to clear the sidewalk. If the storm occurs overnight, residents have up to eight hours after sunrise to clear the sidewalk
Sand: Sand mixed with salt will be available at 166 Salmon Brook Street (Granby Animal Shelter), opposite McLean Game Refuge. Residents of Granby may take one five-gallon bucket only for use on private walkways.

Child Safety: Children love to make snow forts but building them along the edge of the roads is very dangerous as drivers and snow plow operators may not see the children. Visibility is difficult even in the best conditions, so please keep your children away from the roads during snow removal.