According to enforcement services, people cooperated this winter when asked to shovel their sidewalks.
From Nov.1, 2017, to Mar.29, 2018, Fort Saskatchewan municipal enforcement dealt with 104 cases of residents failing to comply with the snow removal bylaw. Residents came into compliance in 100 of the cases. Violation tags were issued only four times.
Municipal enforcement supervisor Matt Lowther said the city works with property owners who haven't kept up with their shoveling.
"In most cases it involved just letting them know that they needed to look after the snow and ice removal."
The city's snow removal bylaw gives property owners 48 hours after a snowfall to clear adjacent sidewalks. The cost of noncompliance is a $100 fine.
"When people do call in, we take complaints seriously. We don't want anyone getting hurt. So we go and address that right away," Lowther said.
Lowther was pleased with the level of cooperation he saw this winter.
“What's really good about that is that it tells me that residents are more than willing to help keep the sidewalks safe,” he said. "We don't want our kids or seniors slipping and falling. And so it's really important that we look after keeping the snow and ice cleared from the sidewalks."
Residents who have conditions or disabilities preventing them from clearing their own snow can use the city's Snow Angels program. Information about the program is on the city's website.