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County reminds residents to clear sidewalks for safety

Post Date:11/14/2017 10:12 AM

With wintry weather here and more on the way, Lac La Biche County Enforcement Services would like to remind residents of the County's Snow Removal and Ice Control Policy, to ensure that sidewalks are safe and clear for people out walking and enjoying the start of winter.

As part of promoting a pedestrian-friendly community, occupants and owners of properties on municipal streets are responsible for keeping their sidewalks clear of snow and ice. The County's Community Standards Bylaw gives 24 hours from the last snowfall for people to clear their sidewalks. Our staff receive complaints of properties in residential areas that do not comply with this regulation. In accordance with the bylaw, there are fines for non-compliance.

The County offers a program for seniors, who can apply to have their sidewalks cleared for them after each snowfall. Please call 780-623-1747 and ask about the Seniors Sidewalk Clearing Program for more information. If you are away over a weekend or on holidays, please remember to ask a neighbour or someone else to help clear snow from your sidewalk.

Drive according to conditions

Our staff would also like to remind motorists to reduce speed and drive according to road conditions this winter. Conditions on local highways can deteriorate quickly, and common hazards like ice on roads greatly increase the risk of a collision at higher speeds. Intersections can also become very slippery, so drivers should anticipate hazards and slow down earlier. The County encourages residents and community members to ensure their vehicles are in good working order and ready for winter.

The Enforcement Services complaint line, 780-623-6767, is answered 24/7. County bylaws can also be found on this website. Thank you for helping us keep our community pedestrian-friendly, and thank you for staying safe this winter.

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