Changes Give Flexibility to Snow and Ice Policy
Council approved several changes to the Snow and Ice Policy C108-1 to make it more flexible for staff to ensure safety during severe weather, while maintaining environmental responsibility. Snow and ice control can vary greatly from year to year, and each winter, changing weather may require different service responses based on snow, temperature and weather forecasts. The new policy allows, in certain circumstances:
- use of alternate products for increased traction and ice control while maintaining a balance between public safety and environmental impacts,
- use of Sodium Chloride or similar product for increased traction and ice control while maintaining a balance between public safety and environmental impacts, and
- altering the Snow Management Priority Schedule “A” during extreme weather events, including but not limited too; freezing rain, major snow storms and extreme freezing temperatures.
By allowing greater flexibility, a senior official will be able to determine if certain products are required to increase road traction, such as early winter freezing rain followed by snow. The flexibility also allows snow removal to deviate from the priority schedule in the policy. An example of this situation is when crews have cleared priority streets, such as the main arterial roads and hills, but a sustained snowfall is occurring before the crews have completed secondary routes, such as residential areas. In the previous policy, crews would have to shift back to primary thoroughfares. With the changes, in a sustained snowstorm, crews can take passes through secondary zones, such as residential roads, to ensure accumulations are not too great.