City Ready for First Major Snowfall
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Prince George, B.C.-With Environment Canada predicting more snow in the forecast for today and the weekend, the City of Prince George is prepared for winter’s arrival.
The snow removal reserve fund still has a healthy balance, with $4.3 million available to pay the costs of cleaning up whatever Mother Nature decides to send our way between now and the end of December. Council you will recall had bumped up the snow removal levy by $700 thousand for 2016 so the total collected would hit the $7 million mark.
With the average clean up cost per major winter storm pegged in the half a million dollar range, the snow reserve should have enough to carry the City through to the end of 2016.
The City has the following equipment to handle snow events:
- 4 MT Sidewalk Plow Machines
- 8 Tandem Truck Plow/Sander
- 4 Loaders for Alley clearing, driveway opening, load out of windrows
- 5 City owned grader
- 2 Leased grader
- 4 Contracted grader (on retainer)
- 1 Loader with blower attachment
- 2 Rubber tire backhoe for ditch clearing in times of melt
City snow and ice control fleet can be expanded by contracted equipment as needed.
The snow and ice control policy adopted by the City of Prince George calls for roads and sidewalks to be passable within 5 days of a single snow event, however, back to back events could extend that time frame.
Just a reminder that as of October 15th, and lasting through to April 15th, the Annual Snow Routes Bylaw comes into effect to allow City crews to effectively plow the roads.
Under that bylaw , there is to be no parking from 10 pm to 7 am on a number of streets in the City including those considered “priority one” , hills and the hospital district. In the downtown area, there is to be no on street parking from midnight to 7 a.m.
The bylaw also restricts parking in residential areas with no on street parking from 8:00 am to 6 pm during the day, and parking on the odd side of the road only from 6pm to 8 a.m.
Those who violate the rules, could be subject to a $50 fine per offence, and may have their vehicle towed.