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Select Board adopts snow removal ordinance to help keep roads clear and safe

Little input at public hearing last week

LYNDEBOROUGH — The Select Board is putting the weight of a town ordinance behind an effort to keep town roadways clear and safe for winter snowplowing.

During its Aug. 20 meeting, the board voted to establish an ordinance that could result in fines of up to $1,000 for residents who don’t comply, according to the ordinance’s wording. The town has never had such an ordinance, but Select Board Chair Fred Douglas said he felt the need to enact one after multiple instances of residents leaving snow cleared off their property on roads for the plows to clean up.

“The town has struggled over the years with certain individuals leaving snow in the roadway, that freezes and causes consternation,” said Douglas.

“It’s like hitting a rock,” added Select Board member Lee Mayhew.

Lyndeborough’s Road Agent Kent Perry told the board that on at least one occasion such a frozen snow protrusion had caused damage to a town vehicle while plowing was going on, when it hit the blade, flew up, and dented the door.

Douglas said snow in the roadway can also cause road hazards, as drivers may have to enter the opposite lane of travel to get around it. The town regulation in place is expected to assist with enforcing residents to properly remove the snow, and not put it into the roadway.

The new ordinance makes it unlawful for any person, organization or corporation to put snow or ice upon town roadways. It also addresses placement of obstructions, making it unlawful in Lyndeborough for anyone to leave objects, including cars, upon the roadways between Nov. 1 and April 30, when it might interfere with plowing. If the ordinance is violated, the obstruction may be removed, without prior notice by the Lyndeborough Highway Department, at the expense of the owner. Violation of the ordinance can also lead to fines not to exceed $1,000, as determined by the court, the ordinance reads. The ordinance will be in effect this winter.

Only one resident and Perry attended the hearing of the ordinance. Perry said he was in favor of adopting the regulation. “It looks great,” he told the board. “I’m very happy with it. I’m very sure it will assist me.”

With Perry being the only resident offering input on the ordinance, the board decided to close the public hearing and voted to adopt the ordinance 2-0.

The Lyndeborough Select Board is expected to meet next on Sept. 3 in the Center Hall, for a celebration and appreciation for town employees, with a Select Board meeting to follow immediately after.

Ashley Saari can be reached at 924-7172 ex. 244, or She’s on Twitter @AshleySaari.

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