***Note – this policy is currently under review and is expected to be updated December 2022***
After a major snow fall, the policy of Council has been set as follows:
All major grids are to be done first for emergency vehicles, bus routes next and then all other roads. Do not expect your driveway to be done immediately after a major snow fall. The operator will come back to it. Make sure you have an alternative method of snow removal in the event of a major snow fall. The equipment operators will alternate the areas they begin snow removal each time.
For rural (ag) yards, a red flag large enough to see at the end of the driveway notifies the operators you want the driveway done. Custom Work charges will be applied. Anyone that cleans their driveways on their own, caution should be taken when clearing the snow onto the road allowance. There should be no ridges left or a build up of snow on the edge of the road. It becomes a liability to the R.M. in the event someone runs into it (liability may fall on the person responsible for the ridge). It is also extremely hard on the graders and operators as these ridges get very hard.
For properties at Wakaw Lake under the RM of Hoodoo’s jurisdiction:
- The RM will NOT snow blow driveways at the lake as this is a liability issue. We don’t want to throw rocks or ice at your cabin/windows. (In our current policy, the reference of a red flag on your driveway is for farm yards, not cabins)
- Please do not push your snow onto the road allowance. This can create a huge hazard to other vehicles and liability can fall on the person responsible for the ridge.
- All items need to be removed from cut outs. These can easily be buried in snow and not visible to our snow removal crew. As this is road allowance, anything that is left there and damaged by our equipment is not at fault by the RM.
In the event of a major snow fall, please be prepared to have enough food & water to be bunkered in for a couple days. Our crew does the best that they can to get the roads cleaned out in a timely manner.