Winter is on the way, which means snow clearing is as well.
 
To efficiently clear the snow in residential areas, Strathcona County asked that all curb ramps, basketball nets and any other on-street obstructions be removed from the roadway starting Friday (Nov.1).
 
The county tries to be proactive and get residents to take care of them before the snow falls and creates issues.
 
Letters and notices have been sent out, reminding residents of the removal. Failing to deal with the curb ramps can result in a $100 fine. For repeat offenders, their second fine is $500 and the fine for any following offense is $1,000.
 
"We just really want people to comply and get them off the roads," said Ryan Wilson, manager of transportation operations. "If we can work together, when the snow happens, we want to get the snow off the road as quickly as we can without delay."
 
According to the county's traffic bylaw, curb ramps are not permitted until Apr.15, as they slow down the clearing process and can damage the equipment, leading to delays and expensive repairs.
 
In Fort Saskatchewan, the city requests those items be removed before the first snowfall of the year.