Charlottetown Coun. Mitchell Tweel was hearing from constituents Monday about snow-covered sidewalks near Prince Street School.

Tweel said he received emails and was approached by local residents while he was on his way to the monthly public meeting of council Monday night.

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Getting the sidewalks cleared of snow is a matter of safety, says Coun. Mitchell Tweel. ((CBC))

"The last thing we want to see is elementary students walking on the street trying to compete with the vehicle traffic," said Tweel.

"It's a top priority for the City of Charlottetown to ensure that the sidewalks are clean, so I'm looking for that to be completed in the next day or so."

The council's public works committee says the priority is to remove snow from the business district first, then residential. After the recent blizzard, it's expected to take three to five days to have all sidewalks and streets plowed. All eight sidewalk-clearing machines are in use, and there are a number of others from private contractors working as well.

Parking ban could start earlier

The city's public works committee is looking into amending the overnight parking ban to improve the movement of snow from the downtown.

Committee chair Coun. Terry Bernard said his committee is discussing an idea to start the parking ban at 10 p.m., rather 1 a.m.

"That will give us two to three hours extra plowing, and extra hauling out, which will make a huge difference in getting the downtown snow cleared and removed a lot quicker," said Bernard.

"Most people are going to have their car parked and away probably by 10 o'clock. Right now we can't go in there until one."

Bernard said there is no timeline yet on making that change.

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