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City has bad snow removal

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Subsequent to the significant November snowfalls, cars were constantly becoming stuck on our street. This went on for over a week and snow removal equipment was nowhere to be seen.

Then, on the afternoon of December 1, snow removal equipment finally made an appearance. Normally that would be a cause of celebration. However, given the fact that a heavy snowfall warning was in effect and blizzard conditions were predicted for that evening, it seemed ludicrous that the City of St. Albert would be plowing residential streets that day.

Why on earth would the city incur the expense of residential snow removal on the same day that a major winter storm is expected? Why not suspend residential snow removal and wait until the imminent storm has passed?

Twenty-four hours after clearing our street, it was back to the same condition as before. As a result, St. Albert taxpayers will either pay to remove snow from our street a second time (unnecessarily), or residents will be left with a second mess of snow that will not be removed. It is unbelievable to me that city management would make such an ill-advised decision.

Within a day or two of winter storms, snow removal equipment is always out in full force clearing the walking trail behind our street.

Although there are plenty of sidewalks for people to use, the city feels as though prompt clearing of the walking trails is imperative. It would be nice if the think tank at city hall would see fit to committing resources to clearing the streets first, and worry about walking trails until cars are able to pass through our city’s streets safely.

We are paying a ridiculous amount of tax in St. Albert. Is it too much to ask that the city at least use our funds responsibly?

Susan Gent, St. Albert


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