Councillor Jeff Leiper wants late night street sweeping changes
No parking signs mean some streets are swept once, but others get multiple passes
"I don't know if it's an exaggeration or not but we've heard, you know, 'Fifteenth time someone's gone down the street, sixteenth time," Leiper said.
The five week, $3 million annual road cleaning is carried out to remove grit and sand the city uses during winter snow operations and debris that could be a safety hazard to road users.
A fleet of 90 sweeping trucks, almost all contracted from private operators, clean all hard-surfaced roads in the city at least once.
Some roads need multiple passes to remove all the dirt.
Not all streets swept the same way
Downtown roads and those in the Glebe, Vanier and the ByWard Market get what the city calls "concentrated service" due to the high volume of on-street parking.
That means staff put out no parking signs and violators are towed away so the sweeping trucks only need to make one pass on the street between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m.
But on roads outside the city core, staff don't put up no parking signs so sweeper trucks have to pass over the same streets multiple times to work around parked vehicles — and that work is best done late at night.
Leiper said that's what's happening in neighbourhoods in his ward like Westboro and the area around the Civic campus of the Ottawa Hospital.
He says neighbours are fed up, so he's asking city staff to review the policy of street sweeping to see if roads in his ward can get the same service afforded those in the core.
"I'm wondering what the balance is between the additional cost of having that concentrated sweeping, getting the signage out and then removing it, versus the cost of having our trucks go back and forth and back and forth and back and forth," he said.
City: concerns are valid
Denyes acknowledges the frustration that some residents outside the core area have because the sweeping trucks pass by their homes many times.
"We do receive complaints, yes, people are unhappy that we do it at night," he said.
"It's hard with a city this large to make everyone happy, some are valid concerns and we definitely listen to those concerns."
Some Ottawa residents turned to social media earlier this week asking Ottawa's mayor why their streets didn't get "no parking" signs after sweeping trucks had gone by over and over again.
Jim Watson chimed in on Twitter while on a busy trade mission to India asking a senior city manager to "get this nonsense stopped right away and ask why!"
<a href="https://twitter.com/Luccidor">@Luccidor</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/Fffeisty">@Fffeisty</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/chernushenko">@chernushenko</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/geezed50">@geezed50</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/CBCOttawa">@CBCOttawa</a> David please contact kevin Wylie and get this nonsense stopped right away & ask why!—@JimWatsonOttawa