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Town of Hinton Snow Clearing Plan: Feb. 22-26, 2018

With significant snowfall accumulation, The Town of Hinton is aware of difficulty experienced by area residents and travellers. We ask for your patience while we work to make our area roadways as safe as possible for all drivers. ISB staff have set in motion a systemic plan, which we wish to share with you below. The plan attempts to take into account long term forecasts for both warming and cooling, as well as the rotational basis for priority of residential clearing; please note, however, that these plans are subject to change.

Above all, the Town of Hinton asks that drivers please watch for our staff and make all attempts to give them space to work, including proactively moving vehicles and not passing plow and truck teams, as this can cause dangerous conditions for staff and other drivers alike. 

The first priority  for Town of Hinton staff is our main arterial routes. With the main roadways currently travelable, Town staff and contractors are working in residential areas. Residential areas will be addressed in the following order over the coming days.

Please note that the plan is weather dependant – should any significant snowfall occur, staff will need to return to main arteries.  In addition, with two weeks of near constant work, this plan is subject to change due to staffing or equipment issues.

Thursday

Crews are expected to complete the Valley area this morning. Following the completion of the Valley area, crews will move into East Hardisty. Light up signs informing residents of snow clearing will be placed, and area residents are encouraged to move vehicles to allow for a more complete clearing.


Friday

East Hardisty will be crew's main focus on Friday. 

Saturday 

The Brookhart leg of the Thompson Lake Subdivision is targeted for completion on Saturday. 


Monday 

Monday will see crews return to Thompson Lake in effort to complete the final leg of residential streets. 


Tuesday

With residential routes expected to be completed, Tuesday will see a return for further cleanup in parking lots and cul-de-sacs.

Please note that the plan is weather dependant – should any significant snowfall occur, staff will need to return to main arteries. In addition, with two weeks of near constant work, this plan is subject to change due to staffing or equipment issues. 

Why is the Valley and Thompson Last?

The Town of Hinton operates a three year alternating cycle of priority for residential clearing, in effort to ensure fairness to all residents. This cycle divides the areas of Hinton into three portions. Last year, the Valley Area received first priority; this year, the Hill does. Next year, the Thompson Lake area will receive priority, and the year following, the Valley once again.

Please note, just because some areas are currently in lower priority rotation does not mean that urgent concerns, arterial routes, or snowdrifts in this area will not be addressed - these concerns are dealt with either before, or while, residential clearing takes place. 


Thank you for your patience. Please call 780-865-2634 for further information.

Home Sidewalk Clearing

It is important to also note that homeowners and occupants have a responsibility in snow clearing. As per the Town of Hinton's Nuisance Bylaw (1101), a property owner is responsible for the removal of snow, ice, and other debris on all sidewalks fronting or flanking the property. In failing to remove the snow and ice, the property owner becomes liable for any accident or injury resulting or caused by such. For the safety of all persons, the Town of Hinton requests that all property owners maintain their sidewalks as necessitated by weather conditions.

Please also note that as per Bylaw 1101 (Nuisance bylaw) approved on October 6th, 2015, the disposal of snow from private lands to public lands requires expressed permission from the CAO.  

Please contact Bylaw Services at 780-865-6009 for more information.  

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