Redwater council has turned down a citizen’s request to have the town expand its snow clearing services.
Earlier this year, a resident asked council to consider the possibility of making it the town’s job to clear all local sidewalks, removing the responsibility from citizens. In a March 7 letter to council, the resident argued the change would make life easier for seniors and for people who have to leave town for work, and that it would keep sidewalks in better shape and keep fire hydrants accessible.
After hearing back from staff about costs of the expanded snow clearing at a July 3 meeting, council decided the idea wasn’t financially possible.
“The costs were brought forward to us at the meeting,” said Redwater mayor Mel Smith. “And they were certainly substantially higher than either he or us expected them to be.”
The town currently takes care of snow and ice removal from about 4.5 km of Redwater’s 25 km of sidewalks.