ISSUED: November 2, 2020 (Update)
PREPARED BY: Leona Hanson, CAO and Greg Longson, Public Works Foreman
AUTHORIZED BY: COUNCIL
TITLE: SNOW & ICE CONTROL POLICY
The effective and efficient provision of snow and ice control operations is necessary to allow the Village of Hythe to function under winter weather conditions. This policy is necessary to define the objectives and standards that snow, and ice control will be undertaken.
The main objective of this policy is to establish maintenance standards for pre, during and post storm conditions. The policy is intended to mitigate hazardous conditions on streets, municipal sidewalks and Village owned parking lots resulting from the accumulation of snow and ice.
After Storm Event (maintenance)
After storm event maintenance is defined as snow and ice control that may be required such as plowing, salting and/or sanding to ensure that travelled lanes, municipal sidewalks and parking lots are maintained to provide appropriate vehicular and pedestrian movement during winter months.
Anti – Icing
A snow and ice control procedure for the prevention of a strong bond between frozen precipitation or frost and a pavement surface by timely application of a chemical freezing point depressant.
Is defined as a width of road surface 3 meters either side of the center line for a two-lane roadway.
During Storm Event (maintenance)
During a storm event maintenance is defined as snow and ice control on Village of Hythe travelled lanes, sidewalks and parking lots that is required throughout the entire length of the storm. This may require the use of chemical deicing, abrasives and plowing until conditions are satisfactory.
Minor Storm Event
A minor storm is a storm where snow accumulations are less than 10 cm of snow in one event, as measured at the Village of Hythe Public Works yard.
Minor Snowstorm Event
A minor snow-storm event is defined as any storm where the Village receives less than 10 cm of snow in one event. Travelled lanes will be plowed sanded and salted during and/or after a minor storm event as required.
Major Storm Event
A major storm is a storm where snow accumulations are more than 10 cm of snow/freezing rain in one event, as measured at the Village of Hythe Public Works yard.
Major Snowstorm Event
Travelled lanes will be plowed, sanded, and/or salted during a major storm event as required; crews will continue to maintain travelled lanes after the storm has stopped until the Public Works Foreman or his/her designate is satisfied that all travelled lanes have been plowed, sanded and or salted.
Pre – Storm Conditions (maintenance)
Pre – Storm conditions are defined as a proactive approach to maintaining ice control on travelled lanes, sidewalks, parking lots through chemical deicers and abrasives.
Graders, bobcat, loaders and/or sand trucks engaged in clearing accumulated snow from the travelled surfaces. If a vehicle is now plowed around the owner of the vehicles has 72 hours to move the vehicle for the travelled lane to be cleaned or Bylaw Enforcement will be called upon and the vehicle may be towed away.
The operation of loading snow into dump trucks and/or onto Village owned property, (i.e. boulevards).
The Village of Hythe travelled lane is the surface in which vehicles drive on (e.g. paved streets, unpaved streets, lane ways etc.).
Right of Way (Equipment)
Village of Hythe snow removal equipment has the right of way, please be use caution when maintenance crews are out clearing our streets.
Village of Hythe workers have the right to be treated with dignity and respect at all times. They should be able to do their jobs without being physically or verbally abused. Thank you for being courteous and respectful.
Property Owner Responsibility
Walkways from the property owners’ home and/or business to the curb is the responsibility of the property owner and includes keeping the area clear for curbside garbage pickup.
Driveways at the street entrance are the responsibility of the property owner. Village of Hythe personnel will assist residents with clearing the end of driveways (street entrance) as time permits once all priority areas are cleared of snow.
Plowing Streets Downtown Core (Cleanup)
Following a major storm event plowing of traveled lanes and parking areas will begin. Areas that require the hauling of snow i.e. the downtown core will be given priority.
Plowing Streets Residential (Cleanup)
Following a major storm, and when required due to accumulation, residential areas will be plowed. This procedure will take approximately 48 – 72 hours to complete following the cleanup of the downtown core and/or priority areas as determined by the Village of Hythe.
To provide pedestrian traffic (including those with mobility issues) with adequate mobility under prevailing winter conditions. A main sidewalk corridor will be maintained. The main sidewalk corridor is from the east corner of 101st Street and 101st Avenue walking south to 100 Street, turning east to 104 Avenue, turning north to 103 Street will be maintained as an identified route for the communities senior walking traffic. A combination of plowing, sweeping, hand shoveling and the application of abrasives where necessary will be applied.
Snow Removal (trucking of snow)
Snow removal operations will be considered only in situations where the lack of adequate storage prohibits the normal winter movement of vehicular and / or pedestrian traffic and sight restrictions at intersections and around fire hydrants. During most winter seasons, snow removal will be limited to the downtown core, and residential areas that have been identified as having limited or no snow storage availability. The Public Works Foreman or his/her designate will determine when snow will be removed from areas that have limited storage.
All inquiries will be received at the Municipal Office and information will be forwarded to the Public Works Foreman. Complaints of an emergency nature will be transmitted to appropriate field personnel for action during Monday to Friday 8:30 am to 4:30 pm hours. After hours/weekend inquires and complaints will be handled through the Village after-hours telephone number/personnel.
A Bylaw of the Village of Hythe in the Province of Alberta regarding snow and ice removal.
WHEREAS the Council of the Village of Hythe wishes to clarify the responsibilities of private landowner for snow and ice removal:
NOW THEREFORE , the Council of the Village of Hythe duly assembled hereby enacts as follows: