As we are all aware we have built up a substantial amount of snow over the past few snowstorms. The end of snow accumulation doesn’t appear to be in sight yet so members of Southwick Police and Fire Departments are asking for your help.
As we all know, in an emergency, Police and Fire personnel depend on house numbers to locate you as quick as possible. Under normal conditions finding your home especially at night can be challenging if the address numbers are unreadable, hidden, unlighted or have missing numbers. With the amount of snow we have received as of late locating certain houses has made this task more difficult. We have found the snow is blocking the numbers on many mailboxes. So with that being said we are requesting that you assist us by clearing the snow away from your mailbox so we can read the numbers. If you don’t have numbers on your mailbox we ask that you ensure that your house numbers are visible.
Topic: Education and Enforcement of Town By-Laws related to snow removal and Winter Recreational vehicles, etc.
Summary: The snow is on the horizon and in-turn so will the citizen complaints
pertaining to a number of issues related to snow removal and winter recreation. This “training bulletin” will serve as a guide and education tool for the Officers to use when dealing with those issues and complaints. Below you will find some of the Town by-laws that were adopted by the Town in-order to address snow removal and winter recreation issues. If the Officer chooses to issue an infraction it can be written on a Town of Southwick Notice of Violation of Town By-Law or Regulation ticket.
Chapter 157, Streets and Sidewalks
Article II – Snow and Ice Removal
Chapter 157, Section 4: Residents on property or owners of property abutting the sidewalks within the Town, which now is or may hereafter be established or set apart as such, shall clear said sidewalk of ice and snow within twenty-four (24) hours after the snow ceases to fall. Should said sidewalk become covered with ice that cannot be readily removed, the said abutter or residents shall be required to place sand or some other suitable substance thereon within twenty-four (24) hours after such said side walk shall have become so encumbered to render said walk unsafe for pedestrians.
Fine: $ 25.00
Chapter 157, Section 5: No Person shall plow or cause to be plowed, snow or ice from private property into or onto a public way.
Fine: $ 25.00
Chapter 75, Boats and Other Recreational Vehicles
Article II – Winter Recreational Vehicles
Chapter 75, Section 12: No person shall operate or abandon a motor vehicle on the ice of the Congamond Lakes except for the purpose of plowing.
Fine: $ 50.00
Chapter 75, Section 13: Winter recreational vehicles and ice boats may be operated from December 1st to March 1st , from sunrise to 11 P.M..
Fine: $ 50.00
Chapter 75, Section 14: No person shall operate a winter recreational vehicle or ice boat on the ice having a thickness of less than six (6) inches.
Fine: $ 50.00
Chapter 75, Section 15: No person shall operate winter recreational vehicles or snow vehicles on the Congamond Lakes, within one hundred & fifty (150) feet of an occupied residence without permission of the owner or when directly departing from or returning to such residence.
Fine: $ 50.00
Chapter 75, Section 16: No recovery or salvage operation shall be authorized except under the expressed approval of the Police Department and under their direction and control.
Chapter 172, Section 6: Any vehicle located or parked within the limits of any way in the Town of Southwick which is interfering with the prompt and orderly removal or plowing of snow or the removal of ice from said way may be removed or caused to be removed by the Superintendent of Streets at the sole expense of the owner of said vehicle to some convenient place, including a public garage, by means or towing or otherwise. Before the owner shall be permitted to remove a vehicle which has been towed or removed, he must:
(A). Furnish satisfactory evidence to the Superintendent of Streets, or any
other person in charge of place or public garage, of his identity and ownership.
(B). Pay all charges for towing or removing said car and all storage
charges, if any,
(C). Sign a written receipt acknowledging delivery of said vehicle.
Fine: $ 25.00
Chapter 172, Section 7: If any vehicle found upon and street or highway in violation of any provisions of this Article or its location is deemed to be a hazard to the flow of traffic of such street or highway, it shall be moved under the direction of a Police Officer, and the person in whose name such vehicle is registered shall be held prima facie responsible for such violation.
All of the members of the Southwick Police Department and I would like to wish the citizens of Southwick and our visitors a Happy and Safe Holiday Season. We wish you good health and happiness in the upcoming year.
The Executive Office of Public Safety and Security’s Highway Safety Division is launching a public awareness campaign to discourage citizens of the Commonwealth from driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol, particularly during the holidays.
We appreciate the important work of Massachusetts police departments to keeping citizens safe. In order to reach as many people as possible, the Highway Safety Division requests that you post this PSA to your town or police website and social media outlets to promote the message of “Keep the Holidays Happy. Drive Sober.”
17th Citizen Police Academy Class Graduates
Congratulations to all of those who graduated last evening from our 17th Citizen Police Academy Class. We thank the graduates for their commitment to the program and the enthusiasm they displayed. After reading the class evaluations and listening to the speeches given by some of the graduates it was apparent that our Citizen Police Academy Program proved to be a huge success. It is apparent that the graduates of the 17th Citizen Police Academy class now have an understanding about the everyday operation of their Police Department and how hard all of members of this Department work to keep the entire Town of Southwick safe and provide its citizens and quests with a better quality of life. We are pleased to know that the recent graduates now have accurate knowledge pertaining to all of the responsibilities and functions that go into protecting the citizens of this community.
Again, Congratulations to the entire 17th Citizen Police Academy Class. We are looking forward to kicking off our 18th Citizen Police Academy in the spring of 2015. Hope to see you there.
Chief Dave Ricardi
On behalf of our K-9 Officer, Thomas L. Krutka, his K-9 partner – Jax, and the entire Southwick Police Department I would like to express our gratitude for the generous donation of $500.00 that the members of the Southwick VFW – Post 872 contributed to our K-9 unit.
This donation will go a long way with helping us being able to maintain this valuable resource for our community.
Saturday, November 15th and Saturday, November 22nd
In the interest of safety we are posting this notice to inform the citizens of Southwick that our local Boy Scouts organizations will be out canvassing our neighborhoods during the next 2 Saturdays in an effort to support their annual food drive for the Southwick Food Pantry.
The Scouts will be distributing the bags on the 15th from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and collecting them on the 22nd during the same hours. We are asking for the next 2 Saturdays that you be alert for Scouters and slow moving vehicles.
We are appealing to the members of the public for witnesses or anyone who may have information pertaining to some manhole covers being removed overnight between Monday, October 27th and Tuesday, October 28th. This wasn’t a typical Halloween prank involving smashing pumpkins or throwing eggs. This was an intentional malicious act which caused a considerable amount of damage to a vehicle. Thankfully it was a vehicle and not a person who could have fell into the open manhole resulting in the injury or death of the innocent person.
Anyone with information is asked to call the Police Department business line at 569-5348 and use the directory menu to reach our Anonymous Tip line (#9).
Chief Dave Ricardi
Beginning Monday October 27, 2014 there will be construction on Powdermill Road beginning at 7:00 am. Southwick DPW will begin a storm drain replacement project. This project is expected to take approximately 4 weeks to complete. THERE WILL BE TRAFFIC DELAYS DURING THIS PERIOD. Please seek alternative travel routes during this period. thank you for your co-operation….
Fall is upon us and as you know it is that time of year where many people both young and old put on their best costumes to head out to celebrate Halloween. To ensure that this Halloween is a day of fun-filled event the members of the Southwick Police Department would like to offer our residents some tips on how to make this a safe holiday.
• Before children start out on their ‘trick or treat’ rounds, parents should:
• Make sure an adult or an older responsible youth will be supervising the outing for children under age 12.
• It’s best to take the little ones out early.
• Plan and discuss the route trick-or-treaters intend to follow and know the names of older children’s companions.
• Instruct your children to travel only in familiar areas and along established routes.
• Cross only at corners; never dart out between parked cars.
• Cover one side of the street at a time, no crisscrossing.
• Never accept a ride in a car.
• Teach your children to stop only at houses or apartment buildings that are well-lit and NEVER to enter a stranger’s home.
• NEVER allow your children to go through a backyard to get to a home.
• NEVER allow your children go to a back door at a house.
• Establish a return time. Know the neighborhoods they will be visiting. Have the children stay in groups.
• Tell your youngsters not to eat any treat until they return home and the treats are checked by an adult.
• Review all appropriate trick-or-treat safety rules & precautions, including pedestrian & traffic safety rules.
• Pin a slip of paper with the child’s name, address & phone number inside a pocket in case the youngster gets separated from the group.
• Make sure your own home is well lit and that there is a clear path to the door. Items such as bicycles, lawn furniture, electrical cords and Halloween decorations can trip Trick-or-Treaters walking in the dark.
• Only fire-retardant materials should be used for costumes.
• Costumes should be loose so warm clothes can be worn underneath.
• Costumes should not be so long that they are a tripping hazard. Falls are the leading cause of unintentional Halloween injuries.
• If children are allowed out after dark, outfits should be made with light colored materials. Strips of reflective tape should be used to make children visible. Use flashlights for extra visibility.
• Children should wear sturdy footwear and temperature appropriate clothing under their costumes.
ON THE WAY
• Children should understand and follow these rules:
• DO NOT enter homes or apartments without adult supervision.
• WALK, do not run, from house to house. DO NOT cross yards and lawns where unseen objects or the uneven terrain can present tripping hazards.
• WALK on sidewalks, not in the street. WALK on the left side of the road, facing traffic in areas where there are no sidewalks.
• Watch for children and adults darting from between parked cars.
• Watch for children and adults walking in roadways, along sidewalks and in parking areas.
• Enter & exit driveways, side streets and alleys carefully.
• At twilight & later in the evening, watch for pedestrians in dark clothing.
• Masks can obstruct a child’s vision. Use facial make-up instead.
• When buying special Halloween make-up, check for packages containing ingredients that are labeled “Made with U.S. Approved Additives”, “Laboratory Tested”, “Meets Federal Standards for Cosmetics”, or “Non-Toxic”. Follow manufacturer’s instruction for application.
• If masks are worn, they should have nose and mouth openings and large eye holes.
• Knives, swords and other accessories should be made from cardboard or flexible materials. Do not allow children to carry sharp objects.
• Bags or sacks carried by youngsters should be light-colored or trimmed with reflective tape if children are allowed out after dark.
• Carrying flashlights will help children see better and be seen more clearly.
• To ensure a safe Trick-or-Treat outing, parents are urged to:
• Give children an early meal before going out.
• Insist that treats be brought home for inspection before anything is eaten.
• Throw out anything that appears tampered with, homemade or home-packaged foods unless you are certain of the source.
• Inspect fruit closely and take away treats that may not be age appropriate. Young children may choke on things like hard candy or peanuts.