Encouraging a "good neighbour" policy with snow removal

Lisa Goudy
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Moose Jaw resident Jaelynn Carter works to clear snow in front of her family's home Wednesday. Mayor Deb Higgins said no sidewalk-clearing legislation will be pushed yet, as the city is working to encourage a "good neighbour" policy.

With several more centimeters of snow on the ground comes more concerns with snow removal.

While there is a snow removal bylaw, there is no snow removal bylaw to force people to shovel the public sidewalks in front of their homes when it snows. Mayor Deb Higgins said at this time, there is no consideration of instituting a bylaw to force residents to shovel public sidewalks.

“I know we’ve received a couple of calls, especially since all of the snowfall in early November,” said Higgins. “But what we’ve been doing is encouraging more of what we’d call a good neighbour policy — that people remember it’s important to get out and shovel their front sidewalks and people walking on the streets can do so easily without any type of concern for their safety.”

She added she hasn’t spoken to any of the other councillors about the possibility and she didn’t expect anything like that to occur in the near future.

However, she said “you never know” if a possible bylaw might come up at some point.

For more information, see an upcoming edition of the Times-Herald.

Organizations: Times-Herald

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