Comment 96247

By Foolishness (anonymous) | Posted December 21, 2013 at 07:47:45 in reply to Comment 96180

So, I was walking downtown yesterday and found numerous sidewalks not plowed, as well as lanes on the street that were not plowed (north lane on Main between John and Catherine was not plowed, causing cars to park out into cleared lanes, sidewalks at Catherine, John, King not fully cleared, and icing over with nothing to get rid of the ice) and was donering, are you OK if I use your letter as a template to send to the councillors?

Something like this, maybe?

Hello Councillors,

I am emailing to inform you of snow that is yet to be removed from street lanes and sidewalkson the length of Main at John to Catherine and beyond; as well as snow that has been cleared for single-file walking all over downtown.

I understand it takes time to remove snow and I have been patient. It has now been over 100 hours since the snow has stopped falling. Most vehicle lanes on these streets are clear as are parking spaces, but other drivers and walkers have been forced out into traffic along these routes and left with nowhere to secure their vehicles upon reaching their destinations. In contrast as a home owner, I am required to remove snow from the sidewalks in front of my property within 24 hours under threat of a fine from the city. Street lanes and sidewalks are not snow-storage areas and both should be clear of snow as soon as possible after the snow stops falling.

While the numbers of drivers and pedestrians on the road and sidewalks may be lower during winter months, I am afraid that not accommodating them at all (and in fact, insulting them with this type of preferential treatment) will create a self-fulfilling prophesy.

Please let me know when I can expect these lanes to be clear of snow.


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