Storm Update: NO SCHOOL and City Hall Closed

unnamed-3Another storm due tomorrow

  • Parking ban goes into effect at 11 p.m.

  • Schools, City Hall are closed tomorrow

  • Provisions for payment of taxes and filing of abatements due tomorrow are outlined

Dear friends:

The mayor has issued the following statement in anticipation of the coming snowstorm:

Effective at 11 p.m. today, Sunday, Feb. 1, the city has declared a snow emergency and parking ban on all city streets due to the arriving snow storm.

From 11 p.m. on Sunday until 6 a.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 3, all vehicles are banned from parking on city streets.

Violators of this emergency declaration are subject to ticketing and towing at the owner’s expense. Residents may park in all municipal and school parking lots.

All residents are reminded that they are responsible for clearing snow from sidewalks adjacent to their property. Your cooperation during this parking ban is necessary for efficient and safe snow removal efforts. Please make every effort to shovel out hydrants at or near your homes.

During times of high tide, expect coastal flooding on various streets along the coast. In addition, bitterly cold wind chills of 15 to 25 below zero are expected making it extremely dangerous to be outside. Please make every effort to check on your elderly neighbors.

Gloucester Public Schools will be closed on Monday, Feb. 2.

City offices will be closed on Monday, Feb. 2.

At this time (5 p.m. Sunday), it is anticipated that trash collection will be on a regular schedule.

Updates will be forthcoming as the storm progresses. Please check the City of Gloucester website for further updates at www.gloucester-ma.gov

How to make tax payments and file abatement applications in light of tomorrow’s predicted storm

Despite the fact that City Hall will be closed tomorrow,there are ways to pay your tax bills or file for abatements–both of which are due tomorrow.

Timely filing of abatement applications or payments can be accomplished any of the following ways:

• Hand delivery to City Hall, by 4 p.m. Monday.  Even though City Hall will be closed, abatement applications or tax payments can be placed in the Parking Ticket Dropbox located to the right of the entrance facing Warren Street.

• US Postal Service. (Payments or applications must be postmarked by Monday.)

Abatement applications may be faxed to 978-282-4113, by 4 p.m. Monday. The Abatement Application can be found here: http://gloucester-ma.gov/DocumentView.aspx?DID=372

• Payments can be made online. For more information and instructions please consult the City Website’s Online Services page here: http://gloucester-ma.gov/index.aspx?NID=459

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