Council wishes to make ratepayers aware of the safety issues and consequences of pushing snow from a driveway on to the municipal road shoulder. Piles of snow left on or near the road can freeze into a solid mass creating a hazardous situation for vehicles and snowplows. It also creates problems with snow drifts, as blowing snow accumulates at these piles instead of being able to blow across.
This hazard on a municipal road exposes those that use the road (residents, equipment operators, etc.) to the risk of serious bodily injury and poses the risk of liability for the resulting damages to the party who pushed the snow on the road. Anyone who pushes snow on to a municipal road (set back requirements for municipal roads is 150 feet from the center of the road, or 300 feet from the center of an intersection) can also be liable for the costs for the R.M. to remedy the problem and may be fined under The Highways and Transportation Act, 1997.
Council appreciates your co-operation and attention to this matter to keep our roads safe for all residents and RM staff.