Keep your snow to yourself.
That’s the takeaway from a new bylaw adopted by the Town of Gravenhurst during their latest Town council meeting. The Fouling of Roads and Municipal Property By-law regulates and prohibits the obstruction, encumbering, injuring or fouling of municipal highways and properties.
Town staff report that over the past two years, they’ve received numerous complaints about people pushing snow, ice and dirt across municipal highways or leaving them on the roadway.
“The [bylaw]will assist staff with enforcement related to complaints received through both By-law Services and Infrastructure Services and will also provide opportunities to educate constituents on the bylaw and the unsafe conditions that can arise when snow, ice, mud or debris are transferred across roadways or deposited on municipal properties,” said manager of bylaw services Kristen Ford.
Ford indicated the most common problem concerns the depositing of snow. However, she clarified for council that the bylaw will include excessive amounts of debris such as leaves and grass.
She said the bylaw is the best mechanism to prevent damage and unsafe conditions to the Town’s roads, highways and municipal properties, including parks, docks and parking lots.
Breaches of the bylaw can result in a fine.
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