No more parking boat trailers in the street

Residents will no longer be able to park boats, jet skis or campers on city streets long-term, after Milford’s aldermen closed a loophole that allowed those types of vehicles to be stored on roadways in Milford.

At their March board meeting, the Milford Board of Aldermen adopted an ordinance that bans long-term parking of those vehicles, as well as semi-truck trailers, recreational vehicles and non-motorized vehicles, unless the vehicle is temporarily disabled for a period of not more than 24 hours.

The ordinance does not apply to commercial vehicles parked on a city or state highway to load or unload during the course of normal business.

In presenting the ordinance to the full board, Alderman Frank Smith explained that the creation of the new ordinance was triggered by several complaints throughout the city about people parking registered trailers and jet ski trailers indefinitely on city streets.

“Many local municipalities have ordinances restricting that,” Smith said. “This only covers registered vehicles; the state bans unregistered vehicles.”

Rivercliff area resident Kevin Collins brought the matter to the aldermen several months ago and asked the city leaders to look into the matter. He said a boat trailer with a jet ski on it was regularly parked on Housatonic Drive, and he said it was a hazard and an eyesore for neighbors.

“People almost ram into it in the dark,” Collins said.

“Milford is a waterfront community,” he said when he spoke to the aldermen in January, but he added that full time storage of a boat on a city street shows disregard for the city.

Alderman Susan Shaw said in January that she was surprised to hear the city didn’t already have a regulation addressing the parking of boat trailers. “It seems natural we would have one,” she said after Collins raised the issue. She added that it says good things about Milford boat owners since, as far as she knows, it hasn’t been a big problem.

Mayor Ben Blake said he believes similar issues have arisen on East Broadway in the past, along Silver Sands Beach. City Attorney Jonathan Berchem said the new ordinance applies to East Broadway too, even though it is a state road.

The board voted unanimously to adopt the new ordinance.