Slippery city-owned sidewalks a 'double standard'

Calgarians have to clean their sidewalks or they pay a fine, but some are finding the city isn't cleaning all its walkways. Some city councillors don't think that's fair.

City committee debates icy public walkways, asks to see costs of plan for next year

Calgarians have to clean their sidewalks, or they pay a fine. But the city isn't cleaning some of its walkways. 2:16

Calgarians have to clean their sidewalks or they pay a fine, but some are finding the city isn't cleaning all of its walkways.

Some city councillors don't think that's fair.

"It truly is a double standard when you see that citizens have to do this but yet the city doesn't," said Coun. Diane Colley-Urquhart. 

The city will take a closer look at how it can clear its walkways next to people's homes after concerns were raised by a council committee. (CBC)

John Percic says he tries to clear the snow from the paved city walkway that runs between his house and his neighbour's house in Canyon Meadows.

But others in the community have not been touched all winter and are becoming hard-packed icy hazards.

"That's an issue for a lot of the neighbourhood and a lot of the people who use these sidewalks [and] walkways, so we want to make sure they're clean ... for those that need to use them," said Percic.

Right now, these walkways found between people's homes aren't cleared unless someone complains about them. The city says they are the lowest priority.

Some city councillors say people who live next to those walkways should clear them but others, like Colley-Urquhart, say that's ridiculous.

She says the city should ensure its more than 2,000 walkways are safe.

However, doing that work could cost up to $5 million a year.

A council committee decided to ask administration to develop a plan to be discussed later this year on what to include in next year's budget.