Editor: Letter writer David Steeves suggests, “downtown businesses and residents could help out when city crews get behind (in snow removal). They could clear off the sidewalks in front of their residence or place of business to help out because every cubic foot of snow has to be trucked out of the downtown area.”
Sounds like he thinks they should haul the snow away instead of the city trucks. In what? The trunk of their car? Rent a pickup truck? Or should they hide it under the rug? That makes about as much sense as forcing people to park 10 feet from a parking meter and block one lane of a busy street for a week after a storm.
My guess is the city of Charlottetown (and perhaps other municipalities) simply didn’t replace aging snow removal equipment in recent years due to milder winters. We see more frequent extreme weather events and it’s not likely to change for a while. Instead of spending on getting more tourists here, they may have to cough up money for more plows and snowblowers. Tourism is important but, sorry folks, not as important as the residents and shoppers in our fair city.
Hmm, I could start selling a plastic liner for grocery carts and we could all take a turn hauling a bit of snow away.