Highway boss looks to restrict parking during snowstorms

12/18/2010 4:26 PM |

BARBARAELLEN KOCH FILE PHOTO | Snow shoveling brigade tackles a driveway on Marcy Avenue in Polish Town after last December's monster blizzard.

Riverhead Highway Superintendent George Woodson on Thursday asked the Town Board to pass a law prohibiting people from parking their cars on the roadside from 1-6 a.m. when snow is in the forecast, noting that Southampton Town already has such a prohibition.

The department’s job of keeping the roads navigable is only made harder with cars parked along the roads, he said during a Town Board work session.

As an example, he pointed to the monster snow storm that hit the area last Christmas shopping season and dumped over two feet of snow over eastern Long Island. Some roads didn’t get plowed for days after that blizzard, during which Riverhead workers had to tow about 200 cars, he said.

Having cars parked on the road during snowstorms also opens the highway department up to liability if the snow plows damage those cars, Mr. Woodson said.

“I’m trying to save us from getting sued,” he said.

“I can’t say I’m going to support ‘no parking’ on the road,” Supervisor Sean Walter said in response. “It’s almost unenforceable.”

Mr. Woodson said there are some roads in the town where cars are parked on both sides of the street and the snow plows can’t get through at all.

Mr. Woodson didn’t get any support from the rest of the board either.

“The house across the street from me has three cars parked on the street because they don’t have enough parking,” Councilman Jim Wooten said.

Board members also shot down Mr. Woodson’s suggestions about prohibiting rocks or pillars, as well as political signs, in the town right of way.

“We don’t want a police state,” Mr. Walter said.

The highway department had been prepared for any snowfall this weekend, Mr. Woodson said, unlike the unexpected dusting that occurred Tuesday morning. At that time, most of the trucks were being used for leaf pickup.

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  • THIS BOARD IS A JOKE..I CAN’T BELIEVE THEY WONT SUPPORT THIS.
    WHEN THERE IS A STATE OF EMERGENCY DURING A BAD SNOW STORM ALL THE CARS ARE NOT TO BE ON THE ROAD ANYWAY.SO WHAT IS THE BIG DEAL DOING THIS JUST FOR THE SNOW STORMS…DON’T THEY REALIZE IT TAKES LONGER TO PLOW WHEN THE CARS ARE ON THE SAID OF THE ROAD?THEN THEY ARE THE FIRST TO SAY THE ROADS ARE BEING PLOWED TO SLOW NOT FAST ENOUGH FOR THEM..HUMM THEY HAVE BE REMINDED OF THIS WHEN THEY START COMPLAINING

  • If the trains don’t go ther… then there should be no MTA tax to those residents and businesses. If there’s a cut in services, then a proportionate reduction in the taxes…

    Damn! We have to pay for everyone’s mistakes… at least try and be “somehow” fair about it!

    PROPOSAL: Taxpayer referendum

    Let’s give elected officials that pass tax REDUCTIONS and automatic raise or “bonus” in wages and all benefits for the rate of reduction we can “induce them” to create!

    I guess they want “incentives?”

  • Get a life, times they are a changing!!!!

  • Complaining is easy. Solving the problem is not.

    As you are complaining, I invite you to help solve the problem:
    Please provide two examples of various town codes from anywhere in the northeast which prohibit chain stores from a locality, with links to the codes.
    Maybe our town board is missing something, or maybe not.

  • At what point will the Southold Town Planning Board, and more importantly, Mattituck residents, realize that the village of Mattituck should not be the “dumping ground” for everything not “desired” elsewhere in Southold? Capt. Pete exemplifies the lack of intelligence and Fred the personal apathy where matters of community and rural character directly affect our community. When will the people of Mattitick finally stand up against the prevailing belief that Mattituck is the commercial holding area for Southold Town? When will the Town and it’s Supervisor realize that what is allowed outside of their “personal” boundaries will soon affect their personal lives? Let us not allow the shallow minds such as that of Capt. Pete, Fred and those on the Town Planning Board (a defining term with which to be reckoned) allow our beautiful hamlet be destroyed for the benefit of others at our expense. This travesty should be the defining line in our defense of Mattituck. Perhaps we should be raising the Gadsden flag on our own behalf?

  • This is the best comment I have read so far. I commend you!

    Southold Town Elected Officials, are you LISTENING??????????????????????/

  • Southold Town Planning Board – enjoy your last term, we may have to get some people in there who ACTUALLY CARE about the quality of life in Southold Town…..

  • I am not complaining, I am stating facts. Solving a problem in a political environment means getting independent knowledge, and not relying on others, who might not have your interests at heart, or are just lazy.

    In the last few years The Group for the East End has published newsletters documenting preservation strategies in our region. I read about the successful programs of other towns in those newsletters, which are available on-line.

    I suggest you do a little work on your own.

    Our Town Board, and by extension we, ARE missing something.

  • So then you have nothing to add but some general political quips and a referral to the Group for the East End. Okay, thanks. I thought you might want to suggest some actual qualitative information. My mistake.

  • Your mistake is that you are obnoxious. I’m not your errand boy…do your own homework.

  • Yawn. And here I was expecting you to add something substantive.
    Never mind, and have a good day.
    PS – Enjoy the 7-11.

  • Marc W, I don’t what the town laws are off hand, But East Hampton Town has a law against chain stores, although it has allowed a Starbucks in, so go figure ? East Hampton Town has many little laws that prohibit certain types of displays as well. ( ie Neon lights, Beer signs etc..) I remember a few years back when Jerry Della Femina ( Madison Ave. Ad Man) and local East Hampton business man, put a pumpkin out in front of his with a sign on it that went against town code, now you want talk ridiculous or what ? There’s nothing wrong with letting a 7-11 go up in Mattituck, if 7-11 doesn’t up in that spot something else surely will.

  • Absolutely, Captain Pete !

  • You small people with your small towns and minds,why do you think old buildings should remain?Greenport is a good example,downtown consists of old delapidated buildings that old people want to preserve.To me Greenport looks run down,put new modern buildings up,NOW!!!

  • just what we dont need more traffic on that already shity corner

  • Bobby, what makes you think that there’s going more traffic than there already is ? Don’t you think the two new banks going up within a 1/2 mile of that intersection will have just as much of an impact on traffic there, if not more ?

  • hav u drove by a 7 11 lately always pack this town is at the end not enought police an 2 many cheifs

  • Well, I was out in my Hometown, Mattituck just the other day and it would appear that progress won out in the END ! I see that the construction for the new 7/11 is underway and all I can say, It’s about damn time ! If you’re so upset about the 7/11 construction take a ride through the village (Love Lane) to be specific, no one seem to be complaining about that eye-sore right in middle of town.

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