Winter Plow Operations / Snow Removal

During the cold weather months, our work focuses heavily on snow removal.  Undertaking a job of this scale requires the cooperation of all of our residents.  Please help us help you by moving your parked vehicle out of the way when your street requires plowing.   

When snow begins to fall, we monitor conditions throughout the city and treat busy arterial and collector streets, working around the clock to keep them safe and passable. As the snow amounts start to accumulate we transition to full plow operations, in general when snow depth reaches 3”.  Our work continues after the storm ends with snow removal and sanding/salting as needed.

For a comprehensive look at our winter operations, and further information on how you can help us during these tough Maine winters, please download our Winter Operations brochure.

 

Plow Damage

Our street and sidewalk plow operators make every effort to prevent damage to curbing, lawns and property; despite our best intentions, occasionally such damage may occur.   Public Works devotes time each spring to plow damage repair such as loaming and seeding lawns and esplanades, and curbing repair.  Once the snow melts, if you determine your property has sustained damage from a city plow, please call us to be placed on the repair list. 

If the damage involves property other than mentioned above, please call our office as soon as possible to report the incident.  Additional information about plow damage specifically addressing the placement of fences and mailboxes can be found here.

 

SAND BUCKETS FOR SENIORS

Winter means snow and ice and, invariably, an increased risk of falling. A new program for 2019 from South Portland Public Works and Age Friendly South Portland hopes to make winter a little safer. Seniors (aged 65+) and any other residents with mobility challenges can receive a five gallon bucket of sand/salt mix, delivered to their home, to help maintain their steps and walkways. To order your Sand Bucket, please call Public Works (207) 767-7635, or email publicworks@southportland.org. Sand Buckets for Seniors is a free service, with costs being underwritten by the Senior Steering Implementation Committee, South Portland Public Works, and South Portland Professional Firefighters Local 1476. Stay safe!

 

Sec. 23-12. Prohibited placement of snow and ice. (Effective December 3, 2019)

No person shall remove, or cause to be removed, any snow or ice from any private property and place, or cause to be placed, the same on any public street or sidewalk. No person shall remove, or cause to be removed, any snow or ice from any private property and place, or cause to be placed, the same on any public or private property located across the street from that person’s lot or parcel of land. A property owner utilizing an agent or contractor for snow and/or ice removal is liable for the actions of the property owner’s agent or contractor.

Notwithstanding any other provision of the Code of Ordinances to the contrary, every person adjudicated in a court of law to be in violation of this section shall be punished by a fine of not more than $500 for the first violation, $750 for the second violation committed within one calendar year after a previous violation, and $1,000 for the third and subsequent violations committed within two calendar years after a previous violation.A person may elect, in lieu of such penalty, to waive his/her right to a court appearance by paying the applicable waiver fee of $150 for the first violation, $250 for the second violation without regard to the date of the first violation, and $450 for the third violation without regard to the date of the prior violations. The waiver fee shall be paid to the City via the City’s Public Works Department. Payment of this waiver fee must be received at the Public Works Department within 15 calendar days of the date of the Public Works Department’s notice of the violation. If the waiver fee is not received within 15 calendar days of the date of the Public Works Department’s notice of the violation, the stated waiver fee shall be doubled.