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Residential plowing to begin Tuesday night

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A complete residential street snow plowing gets underway Tuesday night -- but that's not soon enough for one city councillor.

North Kildonan's Jeff Browaty, a member of Mayor Katz's powerful executive policy committee (EPC), said he doesn't understand why it took so long to clear residential streets.

"I’m surprised and frankly a bit disappointed it took them this long to initiate a full residential plowing operation," Browaty said. "In my own experiences I’ve found navigating residential streets in North Kildonan -- even at very slow speeds -- to be challenging due to the ruts and slick nature of the compacted snow."

The city announced Monday afternoon that a full residential street plowing will begin at 7 p.m. Tuesday, with an accompanying ban on residential street parking.

Brad Sacher, public works director, said the city could have tackled residential streets last week but held off until now because more snow was in the forecast.

"We didn't want to start a plow if more snowfall was coming," Sacher said, adding that the city believed most street were passable and the decision was to use the weekend to assess the situation.

With nothing but sunny skies in the forecast, Sacher said, residential streets will now be done.

Not all councillors agree with Browaty. Russ Wyatt, finance chair and also a member of EPC, said he found residential streets were rutted but driveable.

"We must all slow down a bit when driving," Wyatt (Transcona) said. "We live in Winnipeg -- not Waco, Texas.

"Most any other city hit with last Thursday's storm would have been shut down for a week."

Wyatt said the residential plow will exhaust city's 2013 snow clearing budget, adding he's concerned another snowstorm this month will push the city into a deficit for this year.

"I think we should have waited," Wyatt said. "The streets were passable."

Wyatt said council delegated the decision on when to plow to the public works director.

A survey of city councillors found driving conditions varied across the city.

Brian Mayes (St. Vital) said parts of his ward were clear but he did receive complaints from residents living near St. George School and River Pointe.

John Orlikow (River Heights -Fort Garry) said he believed driving conditions were "dangerous" in parts of his ward.

Grant Nordman (St. Charles), another member of EPC, said motorists need to relax.

"Was driving good? No; Was it passable? Yes," Nordman said. "It's Winnipeg, it's winter -- leave earlier, take your time, relax."

aldo.santin@freepress.mb.ca

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Updated on Monday, December 9, 2013 at 6:17 PM CST: Adds comment from Wyatt.

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