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At the August 15th Regular Council meeting, Council voted to change policies around designated sidewalks, and the snow removal process in Slave Lake.
Starting this winter, all property owners who have sidewalks adjacent to their properties will be required to remove snow from sidewalks within 24 hours of a snow fall.
Mayor Tyler Warman said that the change in policy was to expedite the snow removal process in the Town of Slave Lake.
“When residents remove snow from their sidewalks promptly after a snowfall, it will lead to keeping our neighbours, family members, and seniors safe in the winter weather.
"This also will allow our snow removal crews the chance to clear snow from Main Street and neighbourhoods quicker," Warman added. “This change will also have some cost savings to the taxpayer."
Property owners, or occupants, of any property adjoining or abutting a sidewalk will need to maintain snow removal. Property owners will also need to make arrangements to ensure that sidewalks are maintained during their absence.
Snow Removal crews will still maintain snow removal of sidewalks along Main Street, from the railroad tracks, south to Highway #2.
The Town of Slave Lake Trail System and link ways in Slave Lake will continue to be maintained by the Town of Slave Lake Parks department.
Once road snow clearing and storage is in effect, residents will NOT be responsible for clearing sidewalks adjacent to their properties, if it is used for snow storage.
The snow storage will alternate on even and odd years, in most residential areas.
Please view the sidewalk map for 2017 for odd years to view affected areas. All areas in blue are sidewalks where snow will be piled from the roads, and once snow clearing and storage is announced by the Director of Operations, residents will not be responsible for those sidewalks.
To view a larger version of the map below, click on the image.