August 3, 2015


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Councillor wants plowing operations reviewed

St. Vital Coun. Brian Mayes wants Winnipeg to review how well its snow-zone program is working.

The city implemented its new snow-zone program in November and crews have 12 hours to complete plowing in a designated snow zone. The city tickets or tows residents who do not move their vehicles during the scheduled zone cleanup.

Mayes said plows missed streets or the quality of the snow-removal was 'terrible.' Mimi Raglan checks out damage to a tree on Balfour Avenue in Riverview which residents say was damaged by snowplowing.

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Mayes said plows missed streets or the quality of the snow-removal was 'terrible.' Mimi Raglan checks out damage to a tree on Balfour Avenue in Riverview which residents say was damaged by snowplowing.

Mayes said his office received about 50 complaints following the city's plow operation earlier this month. He said some residents who moved their cars complained plows never showed up during the designated 12-hour time slot. Residents moved their cars back and received a ticket when plows cleared the street 48 hours later, he said.

In other cases, Mayes said plows missed streets or the quality of the snow-removal was "terrible."

He wants Winnipeg to review how often crews are able to clear snow from a designated zone in a 12-hour period.

"The main thing is are we overpromising here?" Mayes said this morning. "What's our batting average?"

Winnipeg has budgeted about $26 million for snow-clearing this year. City officials have said it will cost the city about $1 million to clear streets from this week's snowstorm.

 

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