By Jane Hobson
At the Dec. 6 Physical Environment Committee meeting, Carleton Place councillors approved the staff recommendation that public works staff move forward with the revised sidewalk winter maintenance policy on a trial basis for the 2016/2017 winter season.
The public works department sidewalk winter maintenance policy will now include sidewalks in residential areas. This means routes within residential areas that join major streets will be cleared within 48 hours after a snowstorm. Other sidewalks adjacent to residential streets will be cleared 72 hours after a storm. These sidewalks are considered priority two and priority three categories, respectively.
Currently, sidewalks on collector streets and streets that lead to public institutions are cleared 24 hours after a storm, putting them in a priority one category.
Staff feels that adding this increase is achievable with minimal financial implications by using the three levels of priority. The policy may continue next winter, if successful.
“Probably close to about 70 per cent of sidewalks will be cleared,” said Dave Young, director of public works with Carleton Place. The old policy only cleared about 40 per cent of sidewalks in town.
“That’s a significant increase,” said Mayor Louis Antonakos. “I think that’s a great thing for our residents.”