Police Chief: Adopt a Fire Hydrant; Remove All Vehicles From Roadway

Chief David C. Wayman warns residents that parking along the roadway inhibits the plows and is prohibited in certain cases.

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The Westfield Police Dept. issued this alert at 3:23 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 13

Advisory: Due to the significant snow accumulations, please assist the Fire Dept. by clearing snow away from fire hydrants.


Due to the significant snow accumulations, Chief David C. Wayman of the Westfield Police Department requests that residents assist the Westfield Fire Department by clearing snow away from fire hydrants. 

The Westfield Police Dept. issued this alert at 12:40 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 13

A Winter Storm Warning is in effect until 6 a.m. Friday morning. 

Travel will be extremely dangerous. 

Due to the significant snow accumulations, Chief David C. Wayman of the Westfield Police Department requests that residents remove all vehicles from the roadway. 

Chief Wayman also advises that parking on the following streets, or the identified portions thereof, is prohibited whenever snow has fallen: 

- Central Ave (entire length); 
- Clark St (between W Dudley Ave & Edgewood Ave); 
- E Broad St (between Mountain Ave & N Euclid Ave); 
- Prospect St (between E Broad St & E Dudley Ave); 
- W South Ave (between Westfield Ave & Central Ave); 
- W Broad St (entire length). 

Parking is prohibited on these streets, or the identified portions thereof, until after the snow has ceased falling and the roads have been sufficiently plowed. 

The Westfield Police Department will continue to enforce these parking restrictions. 

Thank you for your anticipated cooperation.

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Westfield Resident February 14, 2014 at 09:26 AM
Will somebody tell the police chief that it's the fire departments job to shovel out hydrants from their ice encrusted snow plowed tomb. What's next, adopt a municipal sidewalk to shovel?
NR9 February 14, 2014 at 02:11 PM
@Westfield Resident. I think you are right in pointing out that it's the fire department's responsibility. However, I've actually watched firefighters driving around in fire trucks digging out fire hydrants. Given the amount of fire hydrants in our town, they can certainly use the help. That being said, I have to think there is a much better way than (1) firefighters driving hydrant to hydrant and (2) relying on home/business owners to clear the hydrants. Could be a great job for high school kids looking to make some money. I have to think it would be MUCH cheaper for the town to pay kids for the job than to have a huge gas guzzling firetruck, with highly paid firefighters, going hydrant to hydrant.
Wally Westfield February 14, 2014 at 03:45 PM
or even better yet, have kids work off detention hours
Westfield Resident February 14, 2014 at 05:13 PM
How about "adopt a ticket". Will someone get the police to enforce the shoveling of sidewalks. They are hell bent on enforcing no parking on specific streets when it snows but look the other way when they pass by kids walking in the street because a property owner didn't shovel the sidewalk.
slk2003 February 17, 2014 at 11:29 AM
I live on a street that is NOT one on which parking is prohibited. Yet at midnight on Friday a police officer rang our doorbell and told us to move our car off the street or he would have it towed. He said it was not safe for approaching cars. Sure if they're going 40 miles an hour but if they slow down as they should in those driving conditions it should not be an issue. In any event either parking is prohibited or NOT prohibited and it is NOT prohibited they should not threaten to tow.


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