The City of Armstrong is getting its residents ready for snowfall events this winter.
The city has issued a notice outlining its snow removal policy and what role residents have to play.
“The City of Armstrong snow and ice control crews take great pride in the service they provide. The crews make a point of getting to know neighbourhoods and facilitating the safe and efficient movement of people and goods,” says a City news release.
Residents are reminded to remove all parked vehicles from city streets during snow removal activities.
“Vehicles parked on any street within the City create unsafe conditions and will cause interference with plowing, hauling, sanding and the maintenance required for our snow removal program. Pursuant to the Traffic and Parking Regulations bylaw no. 1788 section 5.2 and the motor vehicle act, the City has the authority to tow vehicles at the owners’ expense.”
The city says crews will strive to plow the snow off the travelled portion of the road to the edge of the road.
“Unfortunately, the reality is that snow may accumulate at the ends of driveways, especially during a very heavy snowfall. It is the responsibility of homeowners to clear the windrow of snow off end of their driveway onto their own property. The City may open the driveway end when the accumulation during one snowfall is greater than 40cm high and after all priority routes have been cleared.”
As for what gets done first after snow events, crews will work on the priority routes first.
“Residential areas will be plowed after the priority routes have been attended to during a snow event.”
Residents are also reminded it’s an offence to throw, blow or push snow onto a highway or street, or across a street or into creeks.
“The City does its best to clean all sidewalks and walkways after a snow event but we ask our residence to assist us in this area. It is the responsibility of property owners to keep adjacent areas clean at all other times.”
Snow and ice is to be removed from any roof section or overhanging building or awning that is adjacent to a street, sidewalk or highway and poses a hazard.
For more information on our snow removal please go to wwww.cityofarmstrong.bc.ca to find our Winter Maintenance Policy.