Charlottetown councillor says residents feeling snowed in

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FILE PHOTO: Woody White clears the mound of snow from his driveway.

Mitchell Tweel says public works pushed snow to side of some streets in Ward 4, left it there

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 that 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.

"These are narrow streets,'' Tweel said. "It makes it hard when the snow is piled to the side.''

Tweel 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 even though snow plowing may not be taking place there are times when de-icing needs to happen.

Bernard said the city does its best to communicate when snow clearing and de-icing procedures are taking place. The city issues public service announcements through the media and publishes the information on its website.

Coun. Eddie Rice, who represents the downtown area, said the relaxed policy has been a great help, but he still gets a lot of calls from the public wondering when it's safe to leave vehicles on the street and when it's not.

Rice said many residents don't have access to the Internet to monitor the city's website.

Geographic location: Charlottetown

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  • GR
    January 30, 2016 - 02:24

    As a resident and taxpayer of Charlottetown I have no sympathy for you. Streets are plowed using my tax money & I demand that they be cleared as cost-effectively as possible. As for parking on side streets, I wish the entire area south of Euston was on parking meters so cheapskates like you were forced to pay for parking downtown. Either pay at a meter or pay in a parking garage. Or walk or carpool.

  • This Person
    January 29, 2016 - 23:08

    I see a lot of cars in the morning covered in snow there all night. It's the same people doing it each time too and obviously they're not being ticketed or they wouldn't keep leaving their vehicles parked on the street. Some even have two wheels up on the sidewalk which really should attract the attention of police or a bylaw officer.

  • RG
    January 29, 2016 - 15:21

    Even in downtown they were slow at doing this. I park on side streets when going to work and after the last so called storm it was about 3 days later before any side street parking was cleared. I'm sure they're in no rush since the only other option that leaves is the parkade where the city makes extra money.