Letter: Upset with Kamloops' 'ludicrous' snow-removal policy

Editor:

I’m writing this to add my voice to the chorus of voices complaining about the snow removal policy in the city.

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In particular, I am irate about the city shirking its responsibility by leaving windrows at the foot of driveways.

To simply say it the homeowner’s responsibility is not good enough. I am sick and tired of, time and time again, shovelling out my driveway, only to get blocked in or frozen out when the plow comes by.

This is not easy stuff to shovel and often becomes heavy with gravel, becomes hard as a rock and must be broken up to be moved.

It cannot simply be pushed with a snow shovel. Each shovel load must be carried individually and it is heavy. My back is still sore from the last time I had to break down the windrow.

We have lived in several cities in Western Canada, all of which get plenty of snow in the winter. For some reason, Kamloops is the only city with such a ludicrous policy on snow removal.

I know city trucks do not have the proper equipment (needed are graders with side blades that can be lifted, not all-purpose trucks with blades underneath), so I suggest the city stop being so cheap and start getting the proper equipment.

I understand this is a budget item, both operational and capital, so I understand this can only occur over a period of time, not immediately.

I suggest council and staff get on it and start to catch up with actual civilized cities.

I am a taxpayer and I expect the city to do better, not just point to a policy and make excuses.

Doug Edwards

Kamloops

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