Kitchener committee votes on pilot project to clear snow off sidewalks

Kitchener may move forward with a pilot project to clear snow from 40 kilometres of sidewalk this upcoming winter when it snows more than eight centimetres. The pilot was approved by committee, but still needs council's stamp of approval.

Decision will need to be ratified by council on May 27

Kitchener's community and infrastructure services committee has approved a snow clearing pilot project that, in part, will see city crews clear 40 kilometres of sidewalk when it snows eight centimetres or more. (Gary Graves/CBC)

Kitchener's community and infrastructure services committee has voted in favour of a pilot project to clear snow on sidewalks this winter when it snows more than eight centimetres.

That work has previously been up to homeowners and other groups. 

The city plans to continue its proactive inspections of sidewalks, alerting homeowners to sidewalks that are not adequately cleared, and they will expand funding from $25,000 to $75,000 to extend assisted services, that help people who can't clear their own sidewalks.

City staff brought a report to the committee Monday that included seven recommendations.

Staff will take notes on how the pilot projects work and report back to the committee in May 2020.

The decision, however, still needs to be ratified by city council. Last year, council rejected a snow-clearing project that the community and infrastructure committee had passed.

Mayor Berry Vrbanovic spoke in favour of the program and said he would have liked to have seen the city take "a bigger step quicker" when it comes to snow clearing.


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