Winter Information

Annual Winter Parking Ban (Nov. 15 - Mar. 15):

It will be unlawful for the operator or owner to cause, allow, or permit any vehicle to be parked on any street within the City of Bath for a period of time longer than 30 minutes between the hours of 12:00 a.m. (Midnight) and 6:00 a.m. of any day, from November 15 through March 15 (Bona Fide emergency calls exempt). 

Municipal Parking Lots

It shall be unlawful to cause, allow, or permit any vehicle to be parked in any Municipal Parking Lot overnight between November 15 and March 15.

Penalties:

A notice of illegal parking shall be issued with fines ranging from $30 to $50 plus the cost of towing and impoundment.

Please contact the Bath Police Department with any questions at (207) 443-5563.

Sand:

Bath residents are allowed two (2) 5-gallon buckets of sand per storm. Our sand bin is located at the south entrance to the public works garage (450 Oak Grove Avenue). Sand is only for residents and not for contractors spreading sand for their customers. 

Reminders when Clearing Snow:

  • For residents who park vehicles in driveways, please keep sidewalks clear so our sidewalk machines are not restricted in doing their job.
  • Please do not push snow into sidewalks or public streets as this is not only against Maine state law, it is also costly and time-consuming for the Public Works Department to send vehicles and manpower out to go back to clean up a street or sidewalk.

Downtown Sidewalk Snow Removal:

Owners and/or occupants of properties in the downtown area are responsible for removing snow and ice from the sidewalks adjacent to their sites after a storm, and icicles that overhang streets or sidewalks.

The streets ordinance requires that snow be removed within 4 hours of the end of a storm during the day, or before 10 AM of the next day if the storm ends after dark, excluding Sundays. It is not necessary to do snow removal during the night or on Sundays. It’s sometimes not possible to clear the entire width of the sidewalk. In those instances, a clear path at least 4’ wide is acceptable. The ordinance also requires that owners and/or occupants keep the sidewalk safe by removing ice that may form, or treating it with salt/sand so that the footing is secure, and seeing that there are no dangerous icicles hanging from their buildings over the sidewalk. The purpose of the ordinance is to help keep the sidewalks safe and convenient for those using them.

The Ordinance is available on the City’s website at https://www.cityofbath.com/city-ordinances - Chapter 15, Sec. 15-20 - or from the Codes Enforcement Office.  Anyone with questions is encouraged to contact the Bath Codes Enforcement Office at (207) 443-8334.

Winter Plowing:

The Public Works Department maintains 52 miles of city roads during the winter. We divide this mileage into 12 plow routes.

WHEN A STORM BEGINS:
For night time and weekend storms we rely on the Sagadahoc Communications Center to call our Foreman when road conditions deteriorate. When a snow storm begins (or freezing rain) 6 of our plow units also have sanders and we start work by first salting the major arteries (High St, Washington St, Congress Ave, Old Brunswick Rd) as well as hills and intersections. Our goal is to keep the roads as safe as possible and try to keep the snow or ice from bonding and packing to the pavement.

AS THE STORM CONTINUES:
When two to three inches of snow accumulates we call the sander trucks back in and hook up their plows along with mobilizing the rest of our plow units and then begin plowing the roads. Again, we concentrate on the main arteries followed by the side streets and our goal is to keep the travel lanes open. We will continue plowing the routes until the storm subsides and then will go back over all routes to widen the roadways out and clean up and push back at the intersections. We must widen and wing back to maintain the road width. The City has -- dead end roads which we must plow out and this adds to our plow time. It will take us 3 to 4 hours to complete a typical plow route so for intense storms a significant accumulation can develop in the roadways while we are plowing - be prepared.

If you have concerns that a piece of your property was damaged by City snow removal equipment, please call the Public Works Department at (207) 443-8357. 

Winter Slidewalk Plowing:

Sidewalks in Bath are given one of three priorities for clearing after/during a storm. Please view this map for more information.