Winter Hints

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Winter storms and snow removal can be a challenge. Public Works employees do their best to keep the roads passable and safe. Please note the following suggestions, ordinances and rules to ensure a safe winter season for all:

Trash and recycling

Unless the roads are closed, Paine’s will collect trash/recycling on its regular schedule. You must have your barrels out by 6 a.m. If you choose not to put your trash/recycling out due to a storm, your barrels will not be emptied until your next scheduled pickup day.

Barrels should be placed at the end of your driveway in a location accessible to the trash hauler and at least two feet from the roadway. Barrels should not be placed in the street or on top of a snowbank.

Sign up at to be included in Paine’s e-mail alert system for notifications of any changes to your service schedule due to a holiday or inclement weather.


Before your final cleanup, check to see if the street has been plowed all the way to the curb. If it has, you should be safe to clean the end of your driveway. If it hasn’t, be assured the plow will be back to make another pass and fill up the end of your driveway. You can reduce the amount of snow deposited in your driveway by shoveling or plowing snow to the right side of your driveway as you face the street.

Do not shovel or plow snow into the street. It creates a hazard and you may be held liable in the case of an accident.


It is inevitable that some mailboxes will fall victim to winter’s forces. In accordance with Granby Town Ordinance, the town will repair or replace a mailbox that is damaged as the result of direct contact with a town snow plow. Mailboxes damaged from the force of snow thrown against them or mailboxes located closer than 9-inches to the road are not eligible for repair. If your mailbox is damaged, you may report it to Public Works and a department employee will investigate the damage, determine the cause and schedule repairs if applicable.


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


Granby Town Ordinance requires a homeowner whose property abuts a sidewalk to keep the walk clean of snow and ice. 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 mixed with salt is available at 166 Salmon Brook Street (Granby Animal Shelter), opposite McLean Game Refuge. Residents of Granby may take one five-gallon bucket at a time.

Child Safety

Do not allow children to play on snowbanks along the side of the road. The plow may return to push back snowbanks. Even in good conditions, it is difficult for a driver to see the children.