The City of Orillia is going to try and get ahead of the snowfall this year.
Council recently voted to approve a significant investment in its snow removal operations, including the hiring of new staff and the purchase of new equipment. “Over the past two budget cycles, Council recognized the need to invest in Orillia’s winter control operations. We phased in the resources required to better serve our residents during the harsh winter months and I am confident people will notice the improved level of service this season,” said Mayor Steve Clarke. “The new weather systems that have seen our average snowfall rise from 8.9 feet over the last 100 years to over 12 feet in recent years is a challenge, but we have taken significant measures to address the new reality.”
The City has purchased two new snow plows and two new sidewalk clearing machines, with four new full-time employees, hired to help handle whatever winter will throw at Orillia this year.
The City of Orillia is also asking residents to help make snow clearing easier by keeping the following in mind:
- Don’t block sidewalks with your vehicle and keep sightlines clear. Vehicles parked in the boulevard must be at least 1.5 metres back from the sidewalk and at least 1.5 metres back from the roadway.
- Don’t push snow to the curb; instead, try to distribute it to the centre of your property or right-hand side.
- Do not put your garbage, recycling, and compost on the road; put it back in your driveway.
- Make sure sump pumps are not discharging onto sidewalks and roads as they create icy conditions.
- Educate children not to build snow forts near the road or sidewalks.
- Wear appropriate footwear to meet the challenging winter conditions.
- Be patient. City operations staff work 24/7, but it does take time to get around to the 504 road lane kilometres and 120 kilometres of sidewalks within the City.