Monday, December 17, 2007

“Don’t be slow… Clear Your snow”

Good Morning Podunk, and as you gaze out your window this morning give a quick thought as to where you left your snow shovel, for there’s a bit of work to be done.

An anticipated Sunday night snowfall was supposed to drop about five or so centimeters of the white stuff on the streets of Podunk, making navigation of city streets and hills an interesting experience for a good portion of Sunday night.

The sudden snowfall came in a timely manner as the City of Prince Rupert published their Public Works Department Notice regarding snow removal in Friday’s Daily News.

Business owners and residential dwellers alike can do their part, though for the business owner it’s a tad more expensive if they choose to let the snow sit where it falls. In the city’s guidelines, a minimum charge of $100 dollars could be made to recalcitrant business owners, not to mention a couple of fines under municipal bylaws that could be issued. Showing that in the white stuff there may be a little green for the city as well.

One wonders though if they took their own slogan to heart when it came to getting the city fleet of snow removal units out on the streets.
You can look over the city's policy on priorities for snow removal from their e-rupert newsletter for December, scroll down to the bottom for the details.

For those wondering just what they city expects from us, below are their recommendations to the city’s residents:
Then again, maybe the rains will come fast and spare everyone the effort!


Don’t Be Slow... Clear Your Snow

The Public Works Department requests the cooperation of all occupants and owners of buildings, vacant lots or businesses in the Downtown/Cow Bay – Commercial area of the City of Prince Rupert, in the removal of snow and ice from sidewalks abutting their property. Commercial owners/occupants have until 12 noon on any day except Sunday or a Statutory holiday to clear their sidewalks. Failure to comply may result in a ticket under Municipal Ticketing Bylaw #2783 as well as a penalty under traffic bylaw #2740.

The City of Prince Rupert is also asking for the cooperation of all owners/occupants in the residential areas in the removal of snow and ice from the city sidewalks fronting their property.

NOTE: If it becomes necessary for City forces to do the work in the Downtown/Cow Bay – Commercial area, a work order will be issued and a minimum of $100.00 will be charged. For further information please call the Public Works Department at 624-6795.

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