City of Kimberley reviews Snow and Ice Management Plan for 2019/20

The City of Kimberley is gearing up for another winter and preparing for the inevitable snow with their annual Snow and Ice Management plan.

Council reviewed the plan at a regular meeting on Monday, December 9, 2019. Chief Administrative Officer Scott Sommerville explained that each year, the City’s Operations staff review and make incremental improvements to the plan.

“The operations desk logs complaints throughout the winter, and the City uses that information to adjust the plan with the goal of providing safer conditions for vehicles and pedestrians,” Sommerville explained.

READ MORE: City of Kimberley prepared for winter

The plan covers all aspects of snow removal and management including routes, levels of service, procedures, driveways, parking lots, equipment and much more.

Sommerville says that the major change in the plan this year is that the City realized some of their snow-plowing practices were accelerating asphalt degradation.

“On some roadways the City was plowing closer to the edge of the road to avoid leaving windrows for residents,” Sommerville said. “This practice was forcing vehicles to drive on the vulnerable road edges, and increasing wear and tear on our roads.”

He adds that last year, the City conducted a trial utilizing three graders, which has now been incorporated into the plan.

“Now we await the snow,” said Sommerville.

With regards to routes, the City has two specific routes for snow removal, priority route and standard route.

As outlined in the plan, priority number one is hills and main thoroughfares, as well as collector and secondary thoroughfares, bridges and traffic routes to schools.

RELATED: Wet snow causes slippery conditions on B.C. roads

Priority two is industrial and commercial streets, while priority three covers residential streets and lanes. The last priority is snow storage removal.

On the City’s website under Frequently Asked Questions about snow removal, the City explains that the main streets and hills are completed first.

“This ensures that traffic can access such facilities as the schools, special care facilities, the central business area and the ski hill area,” it reads.

The City wants to remind home owners and businesses that sidewalks adjacent to private property are the responsibility of the property owner. The City plows will also not clear private driveways.

Highways are the responsibility of MainRoad East Kootenay contractor, although the City does plow the main road through town into Marysville.

Questions or concerns regarding the snow removal and/or road conditions should be directed to the City’s operations department at 250.427.9660. General information, including the Snow and Ice Management Plan, can be found on the City’s website at www.kimberley.ca.



corey.bullock@kimberleybulletin.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Kimberley Food Recovery Depot continues to operate

The Kimberley Food Recovery Depot continues to do its good work despite… Continue reading

Interior Health officials outline pandemic response in virtual town hall

Kelowna-Lake County MLA Norm Letnick moderates digital discussion, Q&A with Interior Health leadership

MP Morrison touts non-partisan effort to provide relief amid COVID-19 pandemic

The federal government has announced a slew of economic initiatives for those impacted by the pandemic

Local business provides first responders with 22 bottles of hand-sanitizer amid shortages

By: Jesse Heinrichs A hand-sanitizer shortage has hit some of the people… Continue reading

Veterinary clinics considered essential services, continue to help animals

The B.C. government recently released an official list of businesses that are… Continue reading

B.C. is seeing the highest rate of COVID-19 recovery in Canada, and there’s a few reasons why

British Columbia was one of the first to see rise in COVID-19 cases, and has also switched up testing

Sewers stitch masks to free up supplies for front-line health-care workers

“We have little old ladies sewing up a storm,” said Joan Davis

Experts weigh in on best handling of groceries during COVID-19 pandemic

Study suggests the virus can live for up to 24 hours on cardboard and up to three days on plastic

COVID-19 world update: Enforceable quarantine in NYC?; France orders 1 billion masks

Spain warns EU’s future at stake; New York governor calls Trump’s idea ‘federal declaration of war

Earth Hour 2020 kicks off online Saturday night

Action moves online due to COVID-19

B.C. COVID-19 cases rise 92 to 884, one more death, 81 in care

Outbreak action underway in 12 long-term care homes

B.C. veterinarians want to smooth the fur of COVID-19-worried pet owners

Vets expect to continue giving your fur buddies the help they need while social distancing

B.C. VIEWS: Small businesses need our help

Just as integral in neighbourhoods in Vancouver and Surrey as they are in Prince George or Kelowna

‘Tremendous’ response from blood donors has supply keeping pace with demand

About 400,000 of Canada’s 37 million residents give blood on a regular basis

Most Read