Residents asked to have patience
Winter control activities have already begun in the Township with the Public Works Department ready to tackle whatever winter blows its way.
Road patrollers are out at 3 a.m., or earlier if weather warrants, checking the condition of the 210 kilometres of roads in the Township. With a typical snowfall, operators are on the roads by 5 a.m. with three plows and a grader. It takes about four to five hours to get over all the roads once and many times they start all over again just to keep ahead of the snow.
However, snow removal times depend greatly on the conditions. Heavier, wet snow, treacherous blowing snow or freezing rain slows down the process.
“Keeping the public safe on our roads is a top priority as well as the safety of our operators,” says Dennis O’Neil, director of Public Works. “Also, breakdowns do occur and every effort is made to get the plow or grader back on the road as soon as possible.”
High priority roads include the 16th Line, Braemar Sideroad west of the 13th Line, Maplewood Sideroad and Tavistock streets are completed first. The County of Oxford is responsible for Blandford Street in Innerkip, Loveys Street in Hickson and Woodstock and Hope streets in Tavistock.
“Please be patient and try to understand the challenges that face our department,” adds O’Neil.
A contractor hired by the Township will plow Township sidewalks once per day or per storm event. The Tavistock business area will be governed by By-Law #16-91, which requires abutting property owners to clear snow and ice.
For more information
- No parking on roadways in the villages from Dec. 1 to March 31 from 1:30 a.m. – 6 a.m. (If required, this time is used for snow removal operations)
- Do not push snow or ice onto the road or sidewalk when clearing your driveway (in-town and rural areas)
- Keep sidewalks clear between clearings by Township contractor
- Visit the YouTube video to see what the Township Road crew is up against!
Dennis O'Neil, Director of Public Works
519-462-2697 Ext. 230