The Township is responsible for the maintenance of 210 km of roads and work very hard to ensure they are safe for all the motoring public. At times, residents call in very frustrated with the winter control activities of our Public Works Department. Our Road Patrollers are out at 3:00 am and if the weather warrants, the equipment operators are called in to begin their day at 5:00 am. With a typical snowfall, it takes our operators with 3 plows and a grader approximately 4-5 hours to get over all the roads once. Many times they start all over right away just to keep ahead of the hazardous white stuff. High priority roads are completed first being the 16th Line, the Braemar Sideroad west of the 13th Line, the Maplewood Sideroad and the Tavistock Streets. Also, keep in mind that the County roads including Blandford St. in Innerkip, Loveys St. in Hickson and Woodstock and Hope St. in Tavistock are maintained by the County of Oxford.
Residents need to keep in mind that snow removal times depend greatly on the conditions. Heavier wet snow, treacherous blowing snow, or freezing rain ,obviously slow down the process while our staff work in a safe manner for themselves as well as others out on the roads. Also, despite meticulous maintenance of the equipment, breakdowns do occur and every effort is made to get the plow or grader back on the road as soon as possible. Please be patient and try to understand the challenges faced by our Public Works Department.
Also a reminder to everyone that there is “No Parking” on roadways within the villages from December 1st to March 31st from 1:30 am - 6:00 am. If required, this time is used for snow removal operations in these areas.
A contractor hired by the Township will plow Township sidewalks. The level of service will be one clearing per day (or per storm event). The Township is asking residents to supplement this activity by continuing to clear the sidewalk in front of their residence after light snow falls or in between clearings. The Tavistock Business Area will continue to be governed by By-law #16-91, which requires the abutting property owners to clear snow and ice on sidewalks.
Do not push snow or ice onto the road or sidewalk when clearing your driveway. This applies in both the urban and rural areas. This practice endangers the safety of the motoring public, as well as our snow removal equipment and operators (as it is in contravention of the Highway Traffic Act). We appreciate your co-operation in this matter, it will assist us greatly in providing a safe and reliable road system to our residents.