General Committee Update – Sept 19, 2023

During this weeks GC meeting, the topic of introducing a new service, specifically a pilot program for windrow snow removal tailored to seniors and residents facing mobility and accessibility challenges, was discussed. As Residents know, For 20 years now, snow removal has been a recurring point of discussion for successive councils; with a variety of initiatives put forward by staff and council in an effort to address a variety of issues related to snow removal.  Since my first term on Council, I have consistently emphasized the need explore options that provide a service for seniors and individuals with disabilities.

At GC, Town staff presented a program that aligns with similar initiatives in neighboring municipalities, focusing on windrow clearing; (Windrow refers to the snow that’s left at the end of the driveway when the snow plow clears the roadway).   Eligible residents will be required to enroll on an annual basis, giving them access to windrow clearing services. The proposed recommendation is to manage this program in-house, a decision I wholeheartedly support. In my view, this approach is not only cost-effective but also ensures a higher quality of service, as our town staff take great pride in their work.

If approved, this pilot program is set to commence this winter, with plans for a post-season evaluation to gauge its success and the value it brings to our residents.  I want to thank staff for their work in developing an initiative that looks to address this long standing issue for our residents.

While I am pleased that Council has approved the recommendation for the pilot, this will require ratification at the upcoming Council meeting next week. #leadershipthatgetsthingsdone

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