Thornhill’s win­ter plan­ning list

Valerie Burke Markham Ward 1 Coun­cil­lor

Thornhill Post - - News -

Win­ter will soon be here. I hope you and your fam­ily have an en­joy­able and safe sea­son by tak­ing the time to be in­formed about ser­vices avail­able in the area of Thornhill-Markham, as well as emer­gency pre­pared­ness.

The ice storm of 2013 re­minded ev­ery­one that be­ing pre­pared for an emer­gency is ex­tremely im­por­tant. It is our re­spon­si­bil­ity to take the nec­es­sary steps of emer­gency pre­pared­ness. Hav­ing a fam­ily emer­gency plan and an emer­gency pre­pared­ness kit will save time and make real sit­u­a­tions less stress­ful. Please look out for your neigh­bours, es­pe­cially the el­derly, peo­ple with dis­abil­i­ties and pets.

Dur­ing snow­storms, the win­ter main­te­nance app en­ables you to fol­low snow-clearing op­er­a­tions. Snow re­moval ser­vice be­gins on lo­cal roads when snow reaches a depth of 7.5 cen­time­tres or more and from side­walks when snow reaches five cen­time­tres. Park­ing on both sides of all city streets is pro­hib­ited dur­ing snow clearing. Clearing com­mences within eight hours af­ter the road has been plowed.

Se­niors and res­i­dents with dis­abil­i­ties may qual­ify for the city’s windrow re­moval as­sis­tance pro­gram, which pro­vides el­i­gi­ble res­i­dents with the re­moval of a car width of snow from the ac­cu­mu­la­tion at the end of the drive­way.

Snow clearing, lit­ter con­trol and general up­keep of all mail­boxes and their im­me­di­ate sur­round­ing area is the re­spon­si­bil­ity of Canada Post. Please re­port any is­sue, so we can en­sure that res­i­dents are safe walk­ing in our neigh­bour­hoods.

Coun­cil­lor Valerie Burke shows off the Ac­cess Markham app

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