A number of concerned residents expressed their frustration with snow removal so far this year in the city of of Orillia.
“This has been a harsh winter for Orillia. I and fellow Councillors have heard loud and clear the complaints expressed by residents and understand their concerns about snow clearing this season,” said Mayor Steve Clarke. “ We have asked staff to look into potential improvements and enhancements to this policy, but it is important to note that with any enhancement comes an associated tax implication. We are committed to finding the right balance between providing a superior level of service while also being financially responsible.”
Since the snow started falling in December, City crews have been working tirelessly to clean up what Mother Nature has dumped on Orillia. On average, Orillia receives approximately 272 cm of snow annually; in December 2016 Orillia received 158 cm of snow (a typical December sees an accumulation of 76 cm). This represents the second highest accumulation on record for the City since 1980 and the third highest since 1878. In January, an additional 61 cm of snow fell in Orillia. Combined with fluctuating warm and cold temperatures, winter control operations have been challenging.
Orillia Council and City of Orillia staff would like to thank Orillia residents for their continued patience and understanding as crews work hard each day to maintain city roads and sidewalks. We are all partners in tackling this tough winter and the City would like to remind residents of the following:
- Please refrain from shoveling snow from your driveway into the boulevard or sidewalk.
- Avoid parking on City streets during the day when snow clearing operations are underway. The overnight parking ban remains in effect for all streets and municipal parking lots until April 15, 2017.
- Business owners in the Business Improvement Area are responsible for clearing the sidewalk in front of their respective business and clearing a path from the street to their front entrance.
For more information on winter operations in the City of Orillia, visit orillia.ca/wintercontrol.