A New Message from the First Selectman Regarding the Snow

Parking ban is still in effect; elderly or disabled who need assistance plowing their driveway, please contact the selectman's office.


A message from the Clinton First Selectman:

Good afternoon this is First Selectman Willie Fritz with an update on winter storm Charlotte. At this time crews are continuing cleanup efforts. With the help of local contractors we are clearing intersections, creating better site lines and trying to widen the roads.  Please stay off the roads if possible. It makes our job much more difficult if our crews encounter vehicles while plowing.

A growing concern is the weight of the snow on roofs, heavy to begin with and the addition of today’s rain increases the potential for failures. Commercial structures with flat or low pitched roofs should be evaluated. Look for cracks in ceilings and expansion of grids on hung ceilings. Homeowners should also pay attention, listen for unusual noises and look for cracks. DO NOT venture onto roofs to clear snow. If you think you have a problem, leave the building and call our dispatch center at 860-669-0451.

If you are elderly or disabled and have not been able to clear your driveway please contact my office at 860-669-9333 and we send a crew to assist you.

A parking ban remains in effect until further notice.

Crews will be in the Town center this evening once again removing snow beginning at 8PM. Please do not drive into this area after 8PM. Our dispatch center is always open and can be reached for non-emergencies by calling 860-669-0451, if it is an emergency dial 911.

Thank You.

Idiocracy February 11, 2013 at 08:49 PM
Let me get this straight. So those guys that have been working non-stop long hours just got more work thrown on them? Like they don't have enough to do already? I think they should just concentrate their efforts on the town roads & not peoples' personal properties. They haven't even been able to plow their own driveways, let alone get a good nights sleep for Christ sake.
Teresa Little Smith February 11, 2013 at 09:00 PM
Personally, I'm really glad that Mr. Fritz has taken the initiative to look out for our elderly. There is a couple on Fairy Dell, he is 86 and his wife is not too much younger, their oil tank is dry, their house is freezing, and they have an incredibly long driveway that they can't do a blessed thing to clear it themselves. And they are pretty desperate for help, I'm not sure if they have received any yet but I pray they have. Thank you, Mr. Fritz, it is so nice to know that our First Selectman cares enough about ALL his citizens and has designated some services to their safety and well-being. Kudos to our DPW crews for being as selfless as they have been; I can't honestly believe that anyone of them would say "no" to anyone who desperately needs their assistance.
Teresa Little Smith February 11, 2013 at 09:03 PM
Mr. Fritz, I just found the woman's post. Her name is Marion Richman, and she and her husband are on Fairy Dell. She posted under "Clinton Road Crews & Contractors Continue Plowing Sunday Morning."
Idiocracy February 11, 2013 at 09:14 PM
I'm all for helping the elderly & disabled, but what happens when lazy people start complaining & wanting ther driveways done, too? I'm sorry that those people you mentioned are having a hard time, but people need to be better prepared. We had a section of our roof collapse on Saturday while my husband was out plowing & he wasn't even able to come home to assess it. He still hasn't been able to see the extent of the damage & has barely slept. These guys have their own problems to deal with & shouldn't be expected to do this. And I assure you they are not happy about it.
TrueClinton February 11, 2013 at 09:51 PM
Teresa, Marion is fine....she posted later in the day that she was dug out and the oil company was on there way.
Teresa Little Smith February 11, 2013 at 10:01 PM
TrueClinton, thank you for letting me know, that was incredibly kind of you. Last night, as my husband was finishing off our own driveway at 9pm (after two days of trying to shovel it all-I can't shovel, for too many reasons to list here), and an angel stopped on his way home with his payloader and finished off the last five or six feet of packed snow and ice that always ends up at the end (and I could kiss the plow drivers, this is NOT a criticism at all!). I don't even know his name, but he helped my husband out of his selflessness and pure kindness of his heart. God bless him he is an angel without wings, and we sure appreciate him more than he knows. I'm sure Marion and her husband feel the same way.
Idiocracy February 11, 2013 at 10:14 PM
People all over town are coming out of their homes & insisting that the DPW plow their driveways because of this announcement. Nice work, Willy. It needs to be enforced that ONLY elderly & disabled people get their driveways done! The longer these guys are out, the more money that is being spent. these guys are tired. Send them home!
Teresa Little Smith February 11, 2013 at 10:16 PM
Sincerely, Idiocracy, if you are looking to get the last word in, fine. I just wish it could have been a tad more positive.
Idiocracy February 11, 2013 at 10:22 PM
Teresa, i am hearing first-hand the frustration these guys are feeling. They just want to go home. People need to have a little consideration for them, too.
Teresa Little Smith February 11, 2013 at 10:34 PM
Absolutely, I understand that completely. Ask anyone of my colleagues at Yale and St. Raph's who have been at the hospital in the ICU's for up to three days, sleeping in catnaps. I could tell you a few stories about storms in which I did the same, and managed to sleep one three hour stretch in a recliner chair, then went back to care for patients. Believe me, I get it. But I will NOT believe that anyone of those DPW workers would pass up the chance to be someone's saving grace. If people are abusing them, then I imagine the appropriate response would be, "No." God bless every single one of them.
gina wohlke February 11, 2013 at 10:37 PM
Thank you to all the town crews. They are doing a wonderful job. Willie a special thanks for looking out for elderly and disabled. We did have plans in place for my mom a double amputee but we couldn't get out until today to shovel her ramp. I appreciate that the crews would help her. No person in Clinton would take advantage of the town crews.
Sea Lady February 12, 2013 at 02:26 AM
My husband, who normally would use our snow blower to clear our driveway, recently had his right leg amputated. He cannot use his prosthetic leg yet because he is still healing. I would also like to note that we are both in our 60's. I desperately started shoveling Fri. every 2 hrs to stay ahead of the snow but could not. My husband carefully climbed out a window on Sat. morning to clear out the doorway so we could get out. We watched all our young neighbors shovel their driveways for many hours and wouldn't dare think of asking any of them for help. We called several contractors to plow but only two returned our call. One contractor said it would be a minimum of $300. Our next door neighbors helped shovel out our back door entry and my husband's car. We were able to hire a contractor but his plow broke when he started plowing. This morning everything turned to ice! My husband went online and saw the message from the 1st Selectman's office with the phone number to call if you were handicapped and needed assistance with plowing. We thought it was worth a try. My husband already had to cancel and reschedule 2 very necessary medical appointments. Around 3:30 pm as my husband sat on a chair in the driveway chipping away at the ice, our knight in shining white "payloader" showed up and in a matter of minutes cleared a path in our driveway so we can get both of our cars out! We didn't even get a change to thank him.... Thank you, Town of Clinton, for helping us today!


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