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Yes. The city registers contractors every fall for the winter season for hauling snow. Contractors must register and fill out a contract agreement. For further details including hourly rates, please contact the Municipal Services Department 250-392-8481.
City Council has a Snow and Ice Control policy which outlines the level of snow removal service the city will provide during snow and ice events. The document details all aspects of snow and ice control including street priorities, clean up of the downtown core, residential plowing, parking lots and sidewalk plowing.
In order for sand to be effective it must be large enough to provide tire traction. If sand is too fine it will blow off the road surface before it has a chance to become embedded in the snow and ice. If the grains of sand are too large, they can cause considerable damage to vehicles and windshields. To help the sand stick to ice, the city pre-wets the sand as it comes off the back of the sand truck with Calcium Chloride.
The city owns the boulevard portion of the road in front of your property and needs to blow snow onto the boulevard in order to keep the streets and drains clear. It is not cost effective to haul snow from these areas. Yes, it is the responsibility of the property owner to clean and maintain their boulevard in front of their property. In the spring property owners can rake the winter sand off the boulevard into the gutter. The city street sweeper will be around to clean up the streets and winter sand in the spring.
The city’s Good Neighbour Bylaw requires the owners or occupiers of real property to remove snow and ice from the sidewalk(s) bordering their property within 24 hours of the end of a snow event. Refer to the City's snow removal maps at https://www.williamslake.ca/282/Snow-Ice-Control.
For all after hour calls including weekends, please contact the city’s emergency answering service at 250-392-5255.
For the City's Garbage Collection Schedule visit: https://www.williamslake.ca/988/Garbage-Collection-Schedule