SNOW REMOVAL RESPONSIBILITIES
The Co-op has received many requests for information on snow clearing responsibilities.
MD of Foothills: (provided by the Deputy Director of Operations, Public Works)
The larger highway plow trucks, with side blades look after all the major roads in the MD that have higher traffic volumes and speed limits. These roads will always take priority over 'internal subdivision' roads. The liability factor, and risk of serious injury accidents, or worse, is far greater than on low traffic volume roads with lower speed limits.
For Priddis Greens one of the MD's large highway plows looks after Priddis Greens Dr. from Hwy 22 up to the Golf Clubhouse and a smaller 1-ton truck with plow will clear the 'internal' roads. (Sunrise Way & Sunset Way) Both of these trucks cover a vast area, so the roads in the Hamlet of Priddis Greens are just a fraction of what these trucks are responsible for.
When there is a 'snow event' like the one before Christmas it will take the MD's fleet of 21 pieces of equipment (9 plow trucks, 10 graders, 2 small 1-ton trucks) a minimum, of 72 hours to clear all roads (approximately 4,400 lane kilometers).
When we receive back-to-back snow events before the first one is cleared, they basically have to start all over again.
With major snowfalls, the staff is instructed to make a quick pass in and out of all their dedicated roads to ensure all residents receive the same level of service and to accommodate emergency vehicles if required, then they return later to clear snow properly. Occasionally, and when time permits, the larger highway plow will use the side blade to push back snow further into ditches to widen all roadways to make room for the future snowfalls.
The MD is also responsible for cleaning the Walking Path at Priddis Greens usually within 48 hours of a snow event, with equipment used for other pathways and parking lots that they are responsible for throughout the MD.
RCBS Cats Inc.: The Co-op's contract provides for 30 'callouts' during the season (Nov 15-Apr 15). Snow clearing on Christmas Day or New Years Day count as 2 callouts. They clear the driveways and sidewalks for the 26 Condo Corps, the service roadway to the Raven #7 Wastewater Treatment Plant and the mailbox areas at Sunrise and Sunset Ways. They try to alternate the 'start' of their snow clearing between these subdivisions when they are called out. Single family homeowners clear their own driveways and sidewalks or arrange for a separate contractor to do that work.
Golf Club Turf Care Department: Clears snow from the Turf Care compound, clubhouse parking lot and around the clubhouse and the access road to the Co-op's #1 Lift Station off of Sunset Way.
Hopefully this information provides residents with a better understanding of the snow clearing process.