Feel­ing snowed in

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - NEWS - BY DAVE STE­WART THE GUARDIAN

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.

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