Nobody wants a repeat of last winter’s road conditions, so Council and Transportation Services continue to work toward cost effective policy changes that will improve city response times after major snow storms. We have already purchased more equipment that will allow us to remove windrows faster and more plow trucks to service residential streets.
I’ve had a number of inquiries about the specifics of the proposed changes to the city’s Snow and Ice Control Policy. For those who wish to delve into all the details, the reports were released early and are available for download via the several links below.
The proposed new Snow and Ice Control Policy builds on the recommendations of the peer review and proposes increased service for residential streets after normal snowfalls, as well as new guidance for how to deal with ‘severe snowfalls’ and ‘snow emergencies.’
There are some recommendations about limiting parking to speed up snow removal – some of these the Transportation Department appears to be moving ahead with like seasonal elimination of parking along bus routes. I expect there will be discussion about whether this or a snow route ban around the snowfalls would be more appropriate. I am receiving a lot of concerns about the signs already going up.
There was also significant discussion about both citizens and the city’s obligations to clean sidewalks within 48 hours after a snowfall – this report speaks to that.
There are two other reports: one about the design of newer neigbourhoods and the extent to which they are more costly and difficult to serve; the other is about the capacity of our snow storage sites.
I’m happy to receive your feedback here or by email, or citizens can come to speak at the Transportation & Infrastructure Committee meeting September 6th at 9:30 am at City Hall where these reports will be debated.
I’ll provide another post after the debates.