For example, though their double size driveway was absolutely clear of snow, Saturday evening's snowfall remains at this Creighton Drive address Tuesday evening (photo from Monday, Dec. 3, 2007) , contrary to a by-law respecting snow removal:
The Public Works Department clears roads and responds to complaints about city sidewalks not being cleared. It does not respond to complaints about private property such as driveways or private parking lots not being cleared. The Public Works Department requests the cooperation of all occupants and owners of buildings throughout the city, in the removal of snow and ice from sidewalks abutting their property within twenty four hours after a snow fall. Failure to comply may result in a charge being laid against property owners under By-law no. 03-296 of the City of Hamilton, which provides a maximum penalty of $5,000.00. [reference]
The phone number to call at the city is 905-546-2489.
The elderly gentleman pictured above, found it safer to walk on the roadway than on the icy sidewalk (12:30pm Monday, Dec. 3, 2007) in front of Grafton Square Condominiums at 5 Ogilvie Street, Dundas.
This approach to ensuring cleared sidewalks doesn't really work: imagine if the same approach applied to roads.
We are following-up with the city councillor to get a better understanding of snow-removal policy respecting sidewalks, and will report any news here.