In Calgary, this is what we call a miracle!
A shovelled street! Yes…. A shovelled street!
That street is 10 Street NW. Actually, it’s near my apartment. Also, my apartment has been consistent in shovelling the snow. Like most citizens in Calgary, who have taken the time to clean their streets.
Except well… the City of Calgary.
One of the discussions over the Christmas Holiday in Calgary is the City of Calgary’s ability… or actually lack of ability of shovelling and cleaning city streets. People have been stuck. They have been unable to get out. Snow has piled up.
It has gotten so bad that the Calgary Herald actually has a contest. They want photos of the worst street in Calgary.
Here’s the link to the story http://www.calgaryherald.com/Wild+weather+Photos+worst+street+Calgary+Share+yours/9246959/story.html
Here also is the link to the City of Calgary website on the City’s on policy on snow removal.
Here is something interesting. Look at question 1.
1. Who is responsible for clearing snow and ice from Calgary sidewalks?
Under Street Bylaw 20M88, the owner or occupant of any private property adjacent to a sidewalk is deemed responsible for the removal of ice and snow from that portion of the sidewalk within 24 hours after the ice or snow has been deposited.
I find this interesting because according to City’s Snow and Ice Control program, this is the City’s policy.
Responding to snowfall
The City sands, salts, and plows roads and sidewalks based on a Council-approved priority system called Snow and Ice Control (SNIC). During winter months, crews are available around the clock to react to a snow event. Once the last snow flake falls the seven day plan begins.
So, we have 24 hours to clean our streets, but the City has 7 days from the “last snow flake” to clean theirs? By the way, who determines what the “last snowflake is? Is there someone who watches for it and calls “LAST SNOWFLAKE”? Is there a debate?
Also is this inconsistent? We have 24 hours, the City until the very last snowflake!
You can look at your own street if the City has actually followed their policy.
You can look and see by the pile of snow that it is time for the City of Calgary to develop a better snow removal policy.
Not a miracle.