Town helps se­niors by of­fer­ing free snow clear­ing

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - PROVINCE - BY STEVE SHAR­RATT THE GUARDIAN

Not much is free th­ese days un­less you’re a se­nior liv­ing in P.E.I.’s most east­erly town.

The port town has ini­ti­ated a pub­lic ser­vice to aid the old­est town res­i­dents by blow­ing the snow out of their drive­way — en­tirely free.

“We like to think we do a few things dif­fer­ently around here,’’ laughs Mayor David MacDon­ald. “We all think that’s a good thing to do.”

MacDon­ald says any se­nior over 65 is el­i­gi­ble as long as they ap­ply to the town for the ser­vice and are pa­tient.

“The town plow has to do a few things first af­ter a storm, like clear out the fire hy­drants in case of an emer­gency, but if a se­nior ci­ti­zen doesn’t mind wait­ing a bit, we then come and clear you out.”

Low-in­come se­niors will­ing to share their an­nual in­come con­fi­den­tially with the town ad­min­is­tra­tor could be el­i­gi­ble for a re­bate.

“If you’re el­i­gi­ble, we will knock 100 bucks off your wa­ter and sewer bill,’’ said MacDon­ald.

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