Fines should be enforced
Thursday, Jan 30, 2014 01:13 pm
Residents who have been slipping and sliding their way along local streets may find it surprising that the City of Airdrie has only issued three tickets for uncleared sidewalks this winter. (See page 1).
Some ask what is the point of having a bylaw if sidewalks and roads are more snow covered than they have been in years and the City is not using this tool to solve the problem?
On one hand, we understand that bylaw officers can’t be everywhere at all times. We also understand the fact that giving out tickets is up to the officers’ discretion and they can choose to issue a warning instead of a fine in some cases.
We are also very aware that some people cannot shovel their walks because they have disabilities, are seniors or are away. But the fact remains it is your responsibility as a resident to clear your sidewalk of snow and ice every 24 hours - no matter what.
Most people who work in the newsroom live in Airdrie and we can tell you there are a lot more than three people in each of our neighbourhoods who have blatantly ignored not only the bylaw but common courtesy. Some people have not shoveled since the first snowflakes started to fall in November and that is not acceptable.
We feel some people deserve leniency and if someone is given a warning and then complies by shovelling or chipping ice, the matter should not go any further.
It is those who continually choose not to clear their sidewalks and put others in danger that should be fined.