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Winter Walking and Cycling
An update on the sidewalk outside the train station:

   

While the weather has improved the sidewalk, it is still impassable.  However, I spoke with bylaw today and it has been sent to a contractor for clearing, which means it might actually get cleared before the end of winter.

I also spoke with the manager at bylaw and asked them about the report that is going to council, and suggested that one of the metrics they include is the amount of time between a complaint and actual clearing (in this case several months), and suggested that this particular performance metric was important, I didn't go so far as to say it was important because it demonstrated that your entire department is pointless, but I hope council will get that message.
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Did bylaw tell you the date on which this was inspected and found not to be passable?

Last week, bylaw claimed to be "caught up" on complaints. I assumed that it meant this and a number of other properties I had reported were deemed to be good enough by the City.

I'm hoping that wasn't the case, but if it wasn't, it means that it takes well over a week between the time bylaw sees and a property, and a contractor clears it. And this at the end of the season, weeks after snowfall, when complaint volume would be down.
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(03-13-2019, 01:23 PM)MidTowner Wrote: Did bylaw tell you the date on which this was inspected and found not to be passable?

Last week, bylaw claimed to be "caught up" on complaints. I assumed that it meant this and a number of other properties I had reported were deemed to be good enough by the City.

I'm hoping that wasn't the case, but if it wasn't, it means that it takes well over a week between the time bylaw sees and a property, and a contractor clears it. And this at the end of the season, weeks after snowfall, when complaint volume would be down.

Bylaw did say their work crews (contractor) was very very delayed due to the ice.

So yes, it could easily be a week apparently.
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We're expecting +13C and 10mm+ of rain tomorrow, so nature might just save them the trouble.
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I think this is a big part of the City's sidewalk clearing strategy: wait until the weather changes, and does it for them.
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Is their contractor the sun?
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The Record published my letter on this subject recently. https://www.therecord.com/opinion-story/...-the-snow/

I remember as a child growing up in the Town of Greenfield Park on Montreal's south shore, now a part of the City of Longueuil, that after a snow storm at least one sidewalk on my residential street would be plowed within a day after the storm. What's more, a snowblower truck would eventually come by and blow all of the snow left at the side of the road by the snow plows onto the front lawns of the houses along the street. Do any of the communities in Waterloo Region even own a snowblower? I don't know what the state of snow clearing is in Longueuil these days, but I am sure that my town was not as rich as Waterloo Region when I was growing up.


Gary Walsh
Kitchener
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I know we had a snowblower blow banks back on our street last winter, but I don't know if it was a contractor or not.
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(03-17-2019, 01:11 PM)Acitta Wrote: The Record published my letter on this subject recently. https://www.therecord.com/opinion-story/...-the-snow/

I remember as a child growing up in the Town of Greenfield Park on Montreal's south shore, now a part of the City of Longueuil, that after a snow storm at least one sidewalk on my residential street would be plowed within a day after the storm. What's more, a snowblower truck would eventually come by and blow all of the snow left at the side of the road by the snow plows onto the front lawns of the houses along the street. Do any of the communities in Waterloo Region even own a snowblower? I don't know what the state of snow clearing is in Longueuil these days, but I am sure that my town was not as rich as Waterloo Region when I was growing up.


Gary Walsh
Kitchener

We do have the giant snowblowers -- you only see them when the banks get too high, and they usually only work through late hours due to the amount of equipment that is used. You might see them on side roads during the day though, but I haven't seen one lately.

True story; some kids decided to plant some watermelons into a snowbank a while back. Needless to say, scared the crap out of the snowblower operator, as red juicy stuff started flowing everywhere.

Now kids, don't get any bright ideas. This is type of thing is not cool.
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