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Kitchener to get 'proactive' with sidewalk snow clearing this winter

Not clearing a sidewalk within 24 hours of a snowfall could cost the homeowner around $400 if the city has to step in
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The City of Kitchener has released more details on how it plans to tackle winter sidewalk maintenance.

It says the program will now include proactive inspections by bylaw officers.

Under the current bylaw, homeowners have 24 hours to clear their sidewalks after a snowfall.

The city says not doing so creates barriers for anyone with a walker, wheelchair, stroller or other mobility device. 

This winter if a sidewalk is not cleared, the property owner will be issued a one-time notice and if the sidewalk is not cleared in 24 hours, the city will move in and clear it, which will cost the homeowner around $400.

"Our current data suggests bylaw enforcement has a positive impact on sidewalk maintenance. When infraction notices are issued, over 90 per cent of Kitchener property owners respond by clearing adjacent sidewalks within 24 hours of receiving the notice." said City of Kitchener Transportation Planning Project Manager, Aaron McCrimmon-Jones.

Data on sidewalk conditions will be collected throughout the winter to assess the effectiveness of the program.

A report will be presented to council in May.

The city will also to gather feedback from residents through online surveys in the new year.

The proactive approach, which was agreed to back in June, will cost $170,000.




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