Bethel officials have issued a reminder about a new ordinance that will affect residents this winter. The town passed an ordinance last fall making it illegal to push snow from private property onto any public roadway. Officials say highway crews came across a few instances where contract snowplow operators have left very large mounds of heavily compacted snow in travel lanes. While it may not look serious, the town says this snow is heavy and once compacted--is strong enough to snap the plow blade from its frame. Under the ordinance, property owners could be subject to fines and are encouraged to supervise their contract plow operators.