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Dear Residents,

City emergency management staff are continually monitoring the storm.  As needed, public announcements will be posted on the City website at, on Channel 22, on the following radio stations – 101.5, 106.1, 92.7, 96.9, 97.7, 94.3, 97.3, and on the following additional websites –,,, and and BCN (of course).  Please check any of these sources for updated storm information.

Thank you,

Steve Gold

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Comment by Birdy on December 30, 2010 at 8:04am
What I don't understand is how the owners of these stores park right in front of their store and leave their car there all day. You would think they would park a block or two a way to leave spaces for customers.
Comment by Pam W on December 30, 2010 at 7:20am

Andy - that is a great idea to allow for municipal parking there, even if only during snow storms.  Years ago I lived over there and during snow it would have been nice to pull my car into that parking lot, when it is empty all the time, other than the Christmas tree sales, even then there is plenty of room.


I did see the sidewalks got cleared yesterday morning at the old high school, now who else is still negligent - Autozone was still not clear yesterday.  It is so dangerous for people to walk in the streets these property owners need to clear their sidewalks.

Comment by Andy Brown on December 29, 2010 at 6:40pm
Why can't the city use the parking lot that fire dept owns on east main and liberty?  This part of the city really needs a parking lot and will need one even more when the roundhouse development is complete.  It's also poorly maintained.
Comment by Gage on December 29, 2010 at 5:14pm

Thanks it is very kind for you extend that offer to those who find themselves stranded.  I've lived in Beacon, on Main, for years now and have happily parked and hiked home many times and you’re right its not that bad... it's just the "race" to lot has become more difficult with the influx of residents... We always do our best to plan but with the crazy work schedules we've been caught out there a few times... As for the safety of the city, I usually feel safe as well, but I have seen some unsavory stuff over the years, even recently and know people who have been victims of violence on our streets. I know it can happen anywhere, but better safe than sorry.

Comment by Kristen Cronin on December 29, 2010 at 4:36pm

DG: We lived on East Main Street when we first moved to town and weathered a few situations like the one you mentioned. After our first Beacon snow storm (and ticket), we learned to just plan in advance to park in one of the municipal lots off of Main Street and hike home. It's really not bad. I've never felt unsafe walking in Beacon, no matter the hour.

With that said, we have a long driveway now and can happily accommodate a few cars during snow storms! Next time, if anyone is in need of a place to park, drop me a line.

Comment by Gage on December 29, 2010 at 4:24pm

Agree about people plowing into the streets, not cool, very dangerous. My point about the parking is that there isn’t adequate parking. I realize the streets are too narrow and parking on them will delay clean up. There is not enough parking for the amount of people living in the city when this happens. I know it's not the end of the world and there are many other pressing issues, but as we continue to grow there has to be some planning for additional lots, or a garage... We can’t change our work schedules based on the fact that we will end up with nowhere to park. A business that has a certain occupancy capacity is required by a zoning board to have adequate parking for its customers. Running the city of Beacon is running a business. Not to mention walking 4 or 5 blocks down main street late at night isn’t the safest, it’s not Cold Spring.

Comment by Birdy on December 29, 2010 at 4:00pm

The streets are too narrow to let cars stay on them. She needs to plan ahead and park the car someplace early.


Next, time to attack the idiots who put all their snow on the street--after it is plowed. What is the fine for that and how do we get them ticketed. It is very dangerous to come off 9 onto Barrett cause an stupid jerk puts his snow in the street right by the curb. It is all the snow blower people who do it.

Comment by Gage on December 29, 2010 at 12:29pm
There isn’t enough available parking in the city when the winter storm parking restriction is in effect. The city needs to look at the number of dwellings in correlation to the number of parking spots.  We live on the east end of  Main. Last year my wife came home from work around 11 pm, during a storm. She had nowhere to park. She called the police to ask what would happen if she parked on the street. They told her she would get a ticket and to go park at friends house. I got in her car, drove around for awhile and ended up in the lot across from the DMV.  As the population of the city grows, especially in specific areas, so should the amount of parking within reasonable distance to those areas. This is true no matter what time of year it is. Maybe the city should look into implementing a permit parking system, similar to Hoboken
Comment by Pam W on December 29, 2010 at 7:43am
what happens when people don't clear sidewalks?  old high school sidewalk is completely covered, people can't even get to the traffic control button or fire hydrant without stepping in snow. 
Comment by Ben Royce on December 28, 2010 at 11:42am
thanks steve

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