Snow & Ice Control
Council has approved a Snow and Ice Control Policy to clearly define the objectives and standards by which snow removal is to be undertaken in the city.
While the city has always had high standards for the control of snow and ice, the policy provides more efficient procedures, and distinct priority areas in the city. It also provides residents a defined set of objectives the city is committed to achieving.
In order to make the best use of resources and respond to public feedback, Municipal Services personnel and equipment will be prioritizing removal of snow on sidewalks along institutional routes and in handicap parking spaces. This will mean sidewalk plowing will continue to be performed along major hospital and school bus routes, but will no longer be done on some side streets. It is anticipated that snow removal will now take one day following a snowfall.
As per Good Neighbour Bylaw No. 2194 (2014), and before it, Snow Removal Bylaw No. 1739 (2000), every owner or occupier of any building or premises including any vacant lot within the City, is to clear the sidewalk of snow and ice adjacent to the property within 24 hours following a snow event.
The bylaw also states that “No person shall deposit snow or ice on any public sidewalk or other public place intended for pedestrian traffic. This includes pushing snow across streets onto the City’s boulevards.” Pushing snow out onto the traveled portion of the road surface creates a potentially dangerous situation for motorists and you could be held liable if an accident was caused by the buildup of snow. With the assistance of our Bylaw Department, the City will be enforcing compliance of this bylaw.
By removing snow and ice on the sidewalk adjacent to your property, you are assisting in creating a clear route for your neighbours and other pedestrians.
We thank you for helping to keep Williams Lake safe and accessible.
- What kind of equipment for snow and ice control does the city own?
- Does the city hire contractors for hauling snow?
- What is the city’s snow budget?
- Does the city reduce service when the budget is spent?
- How does the city determine the level of snow removal service?
- Why can’t the sand particles be smaller or larger?
- Can we request not to have sanding or salting in our neighborhood?
- Why can’t the city remove the snow they put in front of my driveway entrance from the plow truck?
- Why does the city spray liquid on the roads?
- Why does the city blow snow on my boulevard? Can’t it be hauled away? Do I have to clean up the sand in the spring?
- Who is responsible for removing snow from sidewalks?
- May I place the snow from my driveway onto the traveled portion of the street?
- I am a business owner. What am I supposed to do with snow that has fallen on my property?
- Why is the snow downtown plowed to the center of the street?
- I have a question or concern regarding snow and ice control. Who should I contact?
- What is the city’s winter schedule?
- Where do I place my solid waste and recycling carts during winter months?