WINNIPEG – The City’s top bureaucrat admits clearing snow from sidewalks this winter has been a struggle.
Chief Administrative Officer Doug McNeil briefed councillors on plowing operations Tuesday morning.
He says street plowing operations have gone well but sidewalk clearing is taking longer than expected.
“With the amount of snow, we switch from blades to snow blower attachments on the sidewalk equipment,” says McNeil. “While they move more snow, they do move more slowly.”
McNeil calls the amount of snow we got in December “unprecedented”.
Earlier in the meeting, Councillor Janice Lukes said the city is failing to meet its own policy of clearing sidewalks within 36 hours.
Other city councillors can propose solutions to get the sidewalks cleared more quickly.
All the plowing done so far this winter will likely wind up costing the city several million dollars.