City snow removal operations ready to go

Snowy weather has begun to arrive and City of Cranbrook Public Works staff is ready to clear, salt and sand streets at a moment's notice.

  • Nov. 18, 2015 1:00 p.m.

City of Cranbrook snow removal operations ready to go

For the Townsman

The snowy weather has begun to arrive in the region and City of Cranbrook Public Works staff is ready to clear, salt and sand City streets at a moment’s notice.   In order to help keep the public safe and mobile during the winter months, the City is asking residents and businesses to help out by keeping streets and sidewalks clear of snow and ice.

“During and following major snowfalls, our snow removal operation runs 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and operates with a small fleet of vehicles; four salt/sand trucks with belly plows, two graders and two loaders.” says Joe McGowan, Director of Public Works.  “With this schedule and the equipment we have, it is reasonable to expect most areas of the City to be cleared within 3 or 4 days of a snowfall, depending on the amount of snow and how fast it comes down.”

Clearing snow is not just the responsibility of Public Works, which does the best they can with the resources available to keep the community moving during the winter months.  Responsibility also lies with each resident and business owner to help clear around their home or business.

“Regularly clearing ice and snow from your sidewalks and driveways will allow much easier access to your property by the fire department, RCMP or paramedics should an accident or other emergencies happen,” says Wayne Price, Director of Cranbrook Fire and Emergency Services.

Avoiding leaving your vehicle parked on the street during snowfalls wherever possible will also help make clearing the streets easier for City plows.   Residents are also asked to please avoid pushing or blowing snow from their sidewalks, driveways and any windrows back into the street, after the City plows have been by.

“It creates issues for our crews, as the plow will need to make an additional run down your street to clean it up,” says McGowan.  “That additional run increases the City’s costs with additional staff time, fuel and equipment wear and tear, not to mention delays in getting to other areas of the City that also need to be plowed.”

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

Just Posted

Dan Herrick, the head coach for the Rocky Mountain Rams, supervises drills during a practice at Mount Baker Secondary School. Trevor Crawley photo.
Rocky Mountain Rams program thriving as fall season wraps up

The Rocky Mountain Rams Football Club is set to wrap up another… Continue reading

BC ELECTION
Kootenay East voters out in droves already

A third of Kootenay East voters have either already voted or requested mail-in ballots

Letters to the Editor
Letters to the Editor

Lake Koocanusa weir; Cranbrook RCMP report; Cranbrook Community Theatre; Can Greens and NDP get along?

The people known to be in this photo are (front row, left to right) Lily Watts with young Lily Watts, who was born in Cranbrook, on her knee; Agnes Watts (holding rifle); unknown lady with child; Ernest Charles Watts with William Watts on knee. The names of the four gentlemen in the back row are unknown.
Who are these Cranbrook homesteaders?

Can you help identity the people in this 1914 photograph?

Bats are pictured snuggled in a bat box. (J. Saremba file)
Next week is International Bat Week

Monitoring for white-nose syndrome in B.C. will continue this winter

Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry presents modelling of COVID-19 spread in B.C., March 25, 2020. (B.C. government photo)
B.C. sets another COVID-19 record with 203 new cases

up to 1,766 active cases in B.C., two more deaths

More and more electric cars are on the road, but one Chevy Bolt owner was shocked to see how much his BC Hydro bill skyrocketed once he started charging the vehicle. (Black Press file photo)
Lower Mainland man sees significant spike in BC Hydro bill after buying electrical vehicle

An increase should be expected, but Brian Chwiendacz experienced a 200-plus per cent hike

The Anonymous YVR is an Instagram page that reviews restaurants and other establishments around B.C. based on how well they adhere to COVID-19 rules. (Instagram)
Anonymous Instagram page reviews COVID-19 safety measures at B.C. businesses

There are a number of public health orders various types of establishments must follow to slow virus’s spread

Is it time to start thinking about greener ways to package cannabis?

Packaging suppliers are still figuring eco-friendly and affordable packaging options that fit the mandates of Cannabis Regulations

Join Black Press Media and Do Some Good

Pay it Forward program supports local businesses in their community giving

Jordan Naterer, an electrical engineer from Vancouver, was last seen Saturday Oct. 10. (Facebook photo)
Search efforts to resume for missing Manning Park hiker; Trudeau speaks on case

PM says he’ll do what he can to ‘nudge’ efforts to find Jordan Naterer, yet has little leverage locally

Smartphone showing various applications to social media services and Google. (Pixabay photo)
National media calling for level playing field with Google, Facebook

In Canada, Google and Facebook control 80 per cent of all online advertising revenues

Most Read