AYER -- A winter parking ban is in effect as of Thursday, Nov. 15, through April 15.

The winter parking ban prohibits the parking of any motor vehicle on the street or sidewalk throughout the town of Ayer overnight and during snow storms (12:01 a.m. to 6 a.m.).

The purpose of the parking ban is to assist the town Ayer's Department of Public Works with snow and ice removal operations.

The Ayer Police Department has been charged with the responsibility of enforcing the winter parking ban.

The Board of Selectman also wishes to remind residents and businesses of their responsibility to keep walkways/sidewalks safe from the natural and unnatural accumulation of snow and ice to prevent injuries from slips and falls on snow and ice and so that people will not be forced to walk in the roadway.