The City of Charlottetown, in cooperation with CUPE Local 501 which represents City employees in the Public Works Department, is bringing in extra snow removal equipment and operators to assist in clearing snow in the suburban residential areas of the city.
"After speaking with the President of the Union, we were able to come to a one-time-only agreement enabling us to bring in union crews to help with snow removal in the areas of the city that are contracted," said Charlottetown Mayor Clifford Lee. "We want to ensure that all of our neighbourhood streets are cleared of snow in a timely manner. Everyone has put in a tremendous effort, but with more than 80 centimetres of snow from this latest storm, it's just too much for the regular crews to handle alone. I have been in constant communication with the Province and have been assured by the Provincial Minister of Transportation that as soon as any of their equipment is freed up, they will make it available to the City of Charlottetown."
The work in the suburban residential areas of the city, which includes Sherwood, Parkdale, West Royalty, Winsloe, Hillsborough Park and East Royalty, will continue through the night and into Wednesday morning.
"The regular contractors for these areas of the city are working long hours, overnight and into tomorrow morning, with additional support from other private contractors," said Councillor Terry Bernard, Chair of the City's Public Works and Urban Beautification Committee. "We expect these additional crews and extra equipment to be available beginning at 10 p.m. to add to the work that is already ongoing by the regular contractors and the private contractors."
As the work in the suburban areas gets underway, it is expected that most sidewalks will not be open in school zones in the morning. If schools are open on Wednesday, February 18, City officials are urging parents to personally make sure their children get to school safely rather than letting them walk to school. The understanding and continued cooperation of the public is appreciated.
The City of Charlottetown reminds motorists that parking restrictions are in place. The restriction applies to all parking on all city streets. As streets are cleared and parking spaces are available, vehicles will be permitted to park in legal/metered spaces. Any vehicles parked on the side of the road risk being ticketed and towed. Vehicles impeding traffic or snow removal operations will be ticketed and towed, including vehicles parked in spaces that are still snow filled. Because efforts overnight are being concentrated in the suburban residential areas, the City does not expect to be hauling any snow out of the downtown overnight.
The CBC is reporting the total accumulation of snow for Charlottetown as of Feb. 15 is 335.6 cm compared to 245.6 cm by February 15, 2014. The report from the Charlottetown Airport says the blizzard on Sunday and Monday dumped a record 86.8 cm of snow.
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