Feeling snowed in
Some Charlottetown councillors feel the city could be doing a better job of communicating snow and ice removal plans with the public.
While snow hasn’t really been an issue lately, the city did get 103 centimetres of it in December, and more is expected this weekend. Coun. Mitchell Tweel says he’s concerned about the fact public works pushed the snow to the side of some streets in the area of the city he represents, Ward 4, and left it there.
The city’s first priority is opening the streets by pushing snow to the side. Machinery comes back later and pulls the snow back into the middle of the street where blowers transfer it into dump trucks.
Tweel said there were cases in December where that didn’t happen quickly enough.
He also raised concerns about the overnight parking ban. While overnight parking is prohibited on city streets from Nov. 15 to April 15 each year, enforcement has been relaxed from a zero tolerance basis.
Still, Tweel said residents have been complaining to him that they are being issued tickets when snow removal operations weren’t being carried out.
Coun. Terry Bernard, chairman of the public works committee, said there are times when de-icing needs to happen.