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Snow clearing pilot program for Kitchener set for upcoming winter

Council has approved the expansion of pilot programs for snow clearing on sidewalks
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Another year is set to be spent on gathering data and running pilot programs to determine the best course of action for snow clearing on sidewalks in Kitchener.

The decision was made during a committee meeting on Monday, but it was meet with disagreement from some councillors. 

Scott Davey is the Ward 1 Councillor. He told Kitchener Today with Brian Bourke on 570 NEWS that no one has been able to effectively solve the issue of clearing snow and ice off sidewalks. 

"The problem I have here is that we are not piloting something that has never been done, there are several other muncipalties that have the different levels of service already in existence that we are looking at."

He added he has some worries with continuing these pilot programs. "I am just concerned that we are going to go down a road that costs a whole bunch of money, damages the environment and doesn't end up being a whole lot better then the system we currently have."

Through the new pilot program, city crews responsible for clearing the snow off sidewalks within a 40 kilometre test area if a snow event is declared.

If there is less than 8 cm of snow, residents will be responsible for their own snow removal. 

The city will also be reassessing if the requirement for residents to have sidewalks cleared to bare pavement within 24 hours of a major snowfall is reasonable.

A city map is also expected to be created, which seeks to determine priority sidewalks.


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