Cranbrook, BC (January 6, 2022) – It has been an exceptional few weeks for snowfall amounts around the region, which is creating issues for residents and major property owners around where to put it all.
“With all of this snow, we are finding many locations across the City where significant piles of snow are being pushed back into the street blocking sightlines for drivers, and hindering pedestrians at street corners,” says Paul Heywood, Manager of Building and Bylaw Services. “I am asking residents, property managers and business owners to stop pushing snow back into City streets, and please ensure your sidewalks are kept clear for the mobility of everyone.”
Finding places to pile the snow on your own property is recommended.
It is important that residents, business owners and property managers remember that you are required to remove ice and snow from all sidewalks bordering their properties within 24 hours of a snow event. Many residents and business owners already faithfully clear their sidewalks after it snows and it is very appreciated.
“It has been a tough few weeks with more snow forecast by the weekend. We are finding areas where people just aren’t able to clear snow themselves,” Heywood says. “We need neighbours to help neighbours wherever possible to help keep sidewalks clean and access to properties open.”
The City continues to work in partnership with the Canadian Mental Health Association Kootenays (CMHA) to help find volunteers to be part of their Snow Angels program. The program helps identify those who need assistance with snow clearing with volunteers who can do the work for them.
If you are interested in volunteering or getting more information about the program, we encourage you to sign up soon. Visit our website www.cranbrook.ca, and search ‘Winter Road Maintenance’ to find out more or to volunteer. You can also call CMHA Kootenays at 250-426-5222.