With another month of wintery weather behind us, our toboggans, skates, and snowshoes have been working overtime.
Druh and staff making snow angels.
This winter has produced record amounts of snow in Calgary. As a result, City crews have struggled to meet the challenge of ensuring that roads, pathways and bus stops are kept clear of snow and safe for residents. It is not for lack of money spent. By the end of 2013, the City spent more than $26 million of its total $34 million snow budget. Nevertheless, Calgarians have had to dig deep to find the patience required to wait for City crews to help dig them out.
The record snow has also produced a record number of calls to my office from residents seeking assistance with snow related issues and requests. I would like to thank the residents of Ward 7 for their level of engagement on this issue to ensure that priority areas are dealt with as soon as possible. The
feedback that I received is consistent: that the City needs to do more to ensure that snow is cleared and removed quickly and effectively. As a result, Council has committed to review its policies on snow removal. Residents are encouraged to offer additional feedback by calling 311 or www.calgary.ca/snow
Calgary's Snow Angel program, the first of its kind in North America, has helped seniors and other residents who have difficulty clearing snow. Since 2004, Calgary has awarded more than 6400 snow pins. We encourage you to be a Snow Angel and help your neighbours. If you know a Snow Angel and would like to recognize her or him, please call 311.
Wishing you all a safe and happy winter!