Winter Driving - Be Prepared, Be Safe!
Trucks with flashing blue lights are performing winter maintenance. Please give them room to work and pass with caution as visibility may be compromised with blowing snow. If a snowplough stops, it is likely to back up, so please give them lots of room. You can see them, but if you are driving a small car they may not see you if you are following too closely. Do not pull in behind any vehicle with a blue flashing light!
It is not possible to plough our roads and sidewalks without blocking driveway entrances. It is the property owner's responsibility to safely clear the snow from their driveway entrance and from around their own mailbox.
Please do not plough snow over the ends of culverts as this can result in problems should a sudden thaw or rain occur.
The Ontario Highway Traffic Act, Section 181, re: "deposit of snow on roadway states" - NO PERSON SHALL DEPOSIT SNOW OR ICE ON A ROADWAY WITHOUT PERMISSION IN WRITING TO DO SO FROM THE MINISTRY OR THE ROAD AUTHORITY RESPONSIBLE FOR THE MAINTENANCE OF THE ROAD. This means that you cannot leave ridges of snow across the road when you push snow to the other side. The ridges may freeze and become a hazard to drivers. Please be courteous and do not deposit your snow on your neighbour's property.
Current policy states that the Roads Department will reimburse up to $50 for mailboxes that have been physically hit by the snowplough. Mailboxes hit by snow coming off the plough will not be replaced by the Municipality. The responsibility for maintaining mailboxes lies with the owner of the box. Mailbox owners are required to repair their own mailboxes that have been damaged by snow impact.