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Posted on: December 14, 2023

Reminder to Residents Regarding the Discharge of Water onto Public Ways

Property owners are reminded that the discharge of water onto Public Ways is a violation of Town Bylaws. The release of water onto streets, sidewalks, etc., can create a nuisance or dangerous condition, such as icing or standing water. Property owners may be held liable for any accidents resulting from the discharge onto a Public Way.

If you are currently discharging water onto a Public Way, please cease this discharge immediately. If you would like to discuss options for relocating the discharge, please contact the DPW. Penalties of $300 per day per offense for the violation of this bylaw are enforced by the Board of Public Works.

The Town’s Bylaws, Article XI, Streets and Ways Is as Follows:

Section 4.

a.    No person shall permit water from eaves or leader pipes of any building owned or cared for by him to be discharged upon any sidewalk or public way in the Town. Between the hours of 9:00 AM and 9:00 PM, and at any time of day or night during freezing temperature, no persons shall wash any window or wall of a building in such manner as to cause the discharge of water upon any public sidewalk or walk devoted to public use.

b.    No person, as owner or one in control of the premises, shall pump, drain, or otherwise discharge water upon any sidewalk, public way or way open to the public use without written approval of the Board of Public Works, which may deny the request if the activity may obstruct or impede travel or cause injury to person.

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