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PA considers fines for not shovelling sidewalks
“PA considers fines for not shovelling sidewalks”
Published Friday, November 16, 2012 2:13PM CST
The city of Prince Albert is thinking about cracking down on people who don’t shovel the sidewalks in front of their homes.
Unlike Saskatoon or Regina, Prince Albert does not fine people who don’t shovel their walks. But that may be about to change.
“It’s an issue of safety,” said Prince Albert Mayor Greg Dionne. “We’ve asked for a report, and we’re going to study it in a way that when our bylaw officers are out, we’ll have them take a look.”
City council is not alone in its concern that too many sidewalks are not getting cleared.
Lorne Adams often clears his neighbours walks as his way of helping out. But he feels there are too many people who don’t care.
“I think people have to get out and clear their walks,” he said, “and if they don’t the only way they will is if you hit their pocket books with a fine.”
The Mayor says one option is to hire a private contractor to clean walks that are left unshovelled – then give the homeowner the bill.