SNOW & ICE REMOVAL
Your South Granville BIA successfully located 350 pounds of Ice Melt that was applied on Tuesday morning. We are attempting to get more product but we need everyone’s help to keep our neighbourhood accessible and safe.
UPDATE on Free Salt from the City of Vancouver:
As of Wednesday 11am, all Fire Stations have exhausted their supply of City salt. They are hoping to get more later today.
GET FREE SALT
Starting tomorrow morning, additional salt will be made available at 10 fire halls around the city that you can access for free between 9:00am to 8:00pm to help clear your sidewalks and driveways. Please bring your own bucket and shovel to pick up some of the salt.
As supply at the fire halls is limited, take only as much salt as you need, with a maximum of two buckets, and to consider an online donation to any local charities in that area in exchange for the free salt.
For more information about where to get free salt
All property owners and landlords, including businesses are responsible for clearing snow and ice from sidewalks that surround their property by 10:00 am the morning following a snowfall as required by the Streets and Traffic Bylaw, Section 76 and 76A. This responsibility is in effect seven days a week.
If there is a prolonged period of snow and freezing temperatures and property owners are not complying, we go through a process of first and second notification and then we may take steps to prosecute through the courts for penalties or clear the sidewalk and charge the property owner for that work.
To date, we have inspected over 3,780 properties and issued more than 1,700 notices.
There is a compliance rate of:
– 90% from commercial properties
– 85% from apartments
– 85% from residential
Starting today, an additional 50 bylaw enforcement officers will be redeployed from other areas to focus on snow and ice.
City staff will begin to issue tickets (starting at $250) for failure to keep sidewalks clear, with an initial focus on commercial properties.
To date, the City has received over 1,800 requests for service related to snow and ice through 311 and VanConnect and staff have cleared more than 1,300 of them.
Please continue to report any areas of concern through the VanConnect app or by calling 311.
PLEASE CLEAR SIDEWALKS OF SNOW & ICE
The City has called upon the Vancouver Volunteer Corps members to assist with shoveling and clearing sidewalks in the neighbourhoods that they live in.
Please support these efforts by ensuring that the sidewalks in front of where you live and work are kept clear of snow and ice. Additionally, it is important that everyone remains safe during this winter period, proper winter shoes are vital when walking outdoors as well as ensuring that if you do choose to drive, that your car has winter tires.
CITY CREWS CONTINUE WORK TO REMOVE REMAINING SNOW & ICE
VANCOUVER RESIDENTS AND BUSINESSES ARE ASKED TO SUPPORT
City crews and equipment have been working around the clock dealing with snowy and icy roads, bike lanes, and sidewalks – and this work carries on this week as the cold weather is expected to continue. The current focus is on parts of the city where there is higher elevations and likely to be more residual snow and ice.
To support this work:
– More than 260 staff have been redeployed
from other City projects
– Over 150 additional staff have been brought on
to salt and sand residential streets
– Additional trucks have been hired to assist