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New Bedford parking ban extended, state of emergency remains in effect

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Mayor Jon Mitchell held a press conference today to update city residents on the status of New Bedford’s recovery from the crippling and historic blizzard of January 26-27, 2015. The Mayor announced at a press conference in City Hall this morning that a State of Emergency remains in effect in the City of New Bedford. Over the last two days, blizzard conditions were experienced at many locations in Southern New England including in New Bedford. The National Weather Service has reported that the storm dumped a total of nearly two feet of snow on New Bedford. Drifts on city streets reach as high as six feet in some places.

The National Weather Service defines a blizzard as a snowstorm that reduces visibility to below ¼ mile along with winds that frequently guest to 35mph or more and that these conditions are the predominant reported condition for at least three consecutive hours.

Mayor Mitchell discouraged residents from all unnecessary travel for the remainder of the day to allow city crews to continue to clear the roadways of snow. Residents are being encouraged to report snow removal issues on city streets to the Department of Public Infrastructure (DPI) at (508) 991-6150. The City has also activated a second phone number at (508) 979-1520 to report snow issues. And, residents may report their snow removal issues directly to DPI by emailing Stormcentral@newbedford-ma.gov.

Citywide Snow Emergency Parking Ban Extended to 6 P.M.

Thursday, January 29, 2015 The City of New Bedford has announced a citywide snow emergency parking ban has been extended and will remain in effect until 6 P.M. on Thursday. The parking ban will be strictly enforced. The parking ban is designed to allow City workers to efficiently remove snow from New Bedford roadways to allow public safety vehicles and residents to travel safely.

While the snow emergency parking ban is in effect, parking is permitted on the side of the street that is opposite the fire hydrants. No vehicle should be parked on the same side of the street as a fire hydrant, except on streets that are regularly posted for parking on one side of the street only. In posted areas, residents are to obey the signs as usual.

The citywide parking ban will be double-sided in both the Acushnet Avenue Business District and the Downtown Business District. Downtown parking is available at no charge in the Elm Street and the Zeiterion Parking Garages.

Violations of this parking regulation will be subject to ticketing at $50 per ticket and towing at full cost to the owner of the vehicle towed. The vehicle owner is also responsible for the full cost of storage for any towed vehicle.

The City of New Bedford has designated the following areas as preferred parking areas for those residents in need of off-street parking while the emergency snow parking ban is in effect:

· Victory Park – Brock Avenue
· Hazelwood Park – Brock Avenue
· Roosevelt Middle School – Brock Avenue and Dennis Street
· Cove Street Parking Lot – Cove Street and Morton Court
· Orchard Street at Camara Soccer Field
· Congdon School – Thompson and Hemlock Street
· Buttonwood Park Parking Area – Hawthorn Street Side and Lake Street Side
· Former St. Mary’s Home – Entrance on Mill Street
· Coggeshall Street Parking Lot – Coggeshall Street and Acushnet Avenue
· Sawyer Street Parking Lot – Between Sawyer Street and Beetle Street
· Brooklawn Park Parking Area – Brooklawn Street (South Side)
· Normandin Middle School – Tarkiln Hill Road
· Jireh Swift School – Tarkiln Hill Road
· Campbell School – Phillips Road
· Riverside Park Lot – Coffin Avenue
· Coffin Avenue Lot- Across from Taber Mills Apartments
· Alma del Mar Charter School (former Ottiwell School) – 26 Madeira Avenue
· Former AVX site on Bellville Avenue at Hadley Street
· Philips Avenue School – 249 Phillips Avenue
· DeValles School – 120 Katherine Street
· Parker School – 705 County Street
· Elm Street Garage
· Zeiterion Garage – 688 Purchase Street

New Bedford Public Schools Remain Closed Today, Wednesday, January 28, and Thursday, January 29th 2015
All New Bedford Public Schools and administrative offices are closed today, Wednesday, January 28, 2015.   Superintendent Pia Durkin has CLOSED all New Bedford Public schools for Thursday, 1/29, due to safety considerations and road conditions.

New Bedford City Offices Remain Closed Today, Wednesday, January 28, 2015
City offices will be closed today Wednesday, January 28, 2015 including City Hall, the public libraries, senior centers and the Buttonwood Park Zoo. Only City employees designated as essential should report to work. A decision will be made later today regarding the status of city offices for tomorrow, Thursday, January 29, 2015.

New Bedford Regional Airport will reopen tomorrow as of 7AM Thursday, January 29, 2015. Passengers should contact their air carriers directly to confirm their flight status.

Two-Day Delay in Residential Trash Collection/City Suspends Enforcement of Trash Violations
As previously announced, ABC Disposal will operate trash collection this week on a two-day delay. If your trash is normally collected on Tuesday it will be collected on Thursday, if normally collected on Wednesday it should be set curbside on Friday, if normally collected on Thursday it will be collected on Saturday, if normally collected on Friday it should be set curbside on Sunday.

In addition, the City is temporarily suspending normal enforcement of trash violations through Sunday to provide flexibility for residents regarding trash set outs. The City recognizes it may be difficult for many persons, particularly the elderly, to use their carts this week. Residents are encouraged to use the carts if at all possible; however, residents may set out trash in a bag on their designated collection schedule if necessary.

City Extends Deadline for Payment of Quarterly Tax Bill
Property owners attempting to pay quarterly tax bills are being granted additional time to submit payments. Payments that were previously due on Monday, February 2, 2015 are now due by Friday, February 6, 2015.

Pilgrim United Church Remains Open for Residents in Need of Shelter
Pilgrim United Church (634 Purchase Street) will remain open unsheltered residents. The church is equipped with staff, food and cots.

City Closes Keith Middle School Mass Care Shelter
The Keith Middle School (225 Hathaway Boulevard) which served as the “mass care shelter” for the City of New Bedford has been closed.

SRTA Services Suspended Today, Wednesday, January 28, 2015
The Southeastern Regional Transit Authority has announced that service has been suspended for today, Wednesday, January 28, 2015. A decision will be made later today regarding the status of service for tomorrow. Riders should call (508) 999-5211 for information about the status of SRTA services. For more details visit www.srtabus.com.

Sand Available to City Residents at Various Locations
The Department of Public Infrastructure has made sand available to city residents at many locations throughout the city. Residents are advised to bring their own small container to collect the sand at any of the following locations:

  • Norfolk St & Acushnet Ave
  • Toby St & Acushnet Ave
  • Manila St & Acushnet Ave
  • Fire Station #5 –Acushnet Ave
  • Phillips Rd & Pine Hill Dr
  • Welby Rd, North Side, Between Two Buildings
  • Essex St & Phillips Rd, Campbell School
  • Saint Theresa’s Church – Acushnet Ave
  • Balls Corner, Mill Rd & Belleville Ave
  • Saint Mary’s School/Church –Illinois St
  • Tarkiln Hill Rd & Acushnet Ave
  • Police Station #3 – Ashley Blvd
  • Wilks Library –Acushnet Ave & Princeton St
  • Ashley Blvd & Princeton St
  • Belleville Rd & Hope St
  • Mount Pleasant St on Nash Rd Side (in place)
  • Fire Station –Davis St & Acushnet Ave
  • Deane St & Ashley Blvd
  • Bullard St & Acushnet Ave
  • Shawmut Diner, Between the Driveways
  • Acushnet Ave & Sawyer St
  • Sawyer St & Mount Pleasant St
  • Beetle St & North Front St
  • Beetle St & N. Front St
  • Coggeshall St & Ashley Blvd
  • Coggeshall & Purchase St
  • 10 Kilburn St
  • Purchase St & Logan St
  • Rockdale Ave & Granit St
  • Linden St & County St, South Side of Linden St
  • Fire Station #7 –Durfee St & Cottage St
  • Durfee St & Shawmut Ave
  • Red Cross, Rockdale Ave & Durfee St
  • Purchase St & Wamsutta Ave
  • Sacred Heart Nursing Home, Studley St & Summer St, On West Side
  • Merrimac St & County St
  • 1554 Purchase St, Fire Repair
  • Pleasant St & Pope St
  • Parker St & County St, East Side of County St
  • Parker St & Rockdale Ave
  • Pleasant St & Pearl St
  • Purchase St & Campbell St
  • Cottage St & Campbell St
  • Sycamore St & State St
  • County St & Sycamore St
  • Pleasant St, Rear Lot of Fire Prevention
  • Maxfield St & Pleasant St
  • E.M.T.S. Chancery St, Inside Parking Area
  • S.E.C. Summer St & Hillman St
  • Ash St & Hillman St
  • Fire Station #2 –Pleasant St
  • County St & North St
  • Pope’s Island Marina
  • Third District Court, North Side of Kempton St
  • Liberty St & Kempton St
  • Pleasant St & Middle St
  • South Sixth St & Middle St
  • County St & Middle St
  • Elm St Garage, On Acushnet Ave
  • Buttonwood Library
  • Pier 3 –Visitors Center
  • South Water & Hamilton St
  • William St & Acushnet Ave, Custom House Square
  • City Hall, Pleasant St Side
  • Centre St & Front St
  • Market St & Sixth St
  • Second St & Union St
  • Union St & Acushnet Ave
  • Purchase St & Union St
  • Eighth St and Union St
  • County St & Union St
  • Spring St & Pleasant St
  • Zeiterion Garage, Acushnet Ave Entrance
  • School St & Purchase St
  • School St & Sixth St
  • School St & County St
  • Walnut St & Acushnet Ave
  • Maple St & Atlantic St
  • Maple St & Reed St
  • Madison St & County St
  • Fire Museum, Bedford St & Sixth St
  • Page St & Bedford St
  • Wing St & Acushnet Ave
  • Wing St & County St
  • Fair St & County St
  • Fire Station #6, Purchase St
  • Thompson St & Crapo St
  • County St & Rivet St
  • Bonney St & Rivet St
  • Bolton St & Rivet St
  • Delano St & South First St
  • Jouvette St & Bonney St
  • Howland Green Library, Driveway, Rodney French Blvd
  • Rockdale Ave & Dartmouth St
  • Fire Station #11, Brock Ave & Mott St
  • Willard St & West Rodney French Blvd
  • Clegg Field, Brock Ave
  • Brock Ave & Portland St
  • Wastewater Treatment Plant, Community Center
  • South Rodney French Blvd, Cable Access Building

New Bedford Harbor Hurricane Barrier Navigation Gate
The New Bedford Hurricane Barrier navigation gate is open to marine traffic and no closures are anticipated.

Important Emergency Contact Numbers
· To report a downed power line, medical, fire or other emergencies please dial 911.
· NSTAR is prepared to address and damage and outages resulting from the storm and encourages customers whose electric service is affected to call 1-800-592-2000. NSTAR strongly urges people to stay away from all down wires and to report them immediately.
· To report snow removal issues on city streets, residents may contact the Department of Public Infrastructure at (508) 991-6150. The City has also activated a second phone number at (508) 979-1520 to report snow issues. And, residents may report their snow removal issues directly to DPI at Stormcentral@newbedford-ma.gov.
· New Bedford Police Department may also be reached on its Non-emergency line at (508) 991-6350
· Please visit the City’s website at www.newbedford-ma.gov for more information and
updates from the City of New Bedford regarding the snowstorm.

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