A snow emergency has been declared for the purposes of parking restrictions effective 7 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 25, through 7 a.m. Friday, Jan. 27.

Trash and recycling pickup will begin at 6 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 25, servicing Tuesday’s routes. Pickup for the remainder of the week is still on a scheduled one-day delay.

For the duration of the snow emergency, residents are asked to use off-street parking.

If off-street parking is not available, residents may park on the street observing the following alternate side parking regulations:

• Between 7 a.m. Wednesday and 7 a.m. Thursday: parking is allowed on the odd side of the street 

• Between 7 a.m. Thursday and 7 a.m. Friday: parking is allowed on the even side of the street 

• Residents in and around downtown Pittsfield are encouraged to use the McKay Street parking garage for overnight parking which will be open to the public free of charge starting Wednesday through the duration of the emergency.

All other existing and signed parking regulations remain active. Non-permitted vehicles are prohibited from parking or standing in any open municipal parking lot between the hours of midnight and 7 a.m.

Vehicles found in violation of the above parking regulations may be towed at the vehicle owner’s expense.

City residents are further advised that sidewalks and ramps abutting their property must be cleared of snow within 24-hours of the storm’s end.

As a reminder, it is a violation of city ordinance to plow or otherwise dispose of snow from their property onto city streets and sidewalks. Residents are also encouraged to clear snow from around fire hydrants located near their properties.

Jeannie Maschino can be reached at 413-496-6256 or jmaschino@berkshireeagle.com.

Community News Editor / Librarian

Jeannie Maschino is community news editor and librarian for The Berkshire Eagle. She has worked for the newspaper in various capacities since 1982 and joined the newsroom in 1989.