The power of the people prevails again, or so the story goes from council last evening, December 3rd. The decision to download the burden of clearing our roads to citizens was unanimous. “The councillors voted for it, staff supported it, case closed,” says Bill Tilley of the watchdog group, People Engaging Every Politician (PEEP).
Farley Hammerton hit the street to ask regular Hamiltonians what they make of this new move.
“It’s ridiculous. C’mon, is this a joke? Where will all the snow go?” said an irate resident of Catharine St N. “Are we supposed to shovel the snow up on our lawns?”
One Cannon Street resident makes a valid point: “My portion of the street is six lanes wide, and there are no other houses on the other side of the street. You can’t tell me for one minute that I’m going to be risking my life to shovel six lanes of dangerous traffic!!!”
“I can’t see this improving service at all. No one wakes up as early as snow plows, this will be a clustercuss,” says Mountain West resident and suburb planner, Vashti Mohamed.
City Staff, on the other hand, has tried to cover all bases with the following rules and recommendations:
- Bring out the whole family, or close friends and neighbours to complete large sections of the road. There is strength in numbers.
- A white bin will be supplied, identical to the green bin, for disposing excess snow. Pickups will fall on your regular garbage day.
- All HSR buses will be supplied with plows on the front of the bus to assist households on bus routes.
- Several medical studies say waking up early is great for your health and productivity.
City councillors all nodded their heads when City Staff showed them the savings for foregoing a traditional snow plow service: $4,000,000 per year. “The numbers speak for themselves,” said the Speaker of City Hall.
It remains to be seen how people will respond to the next snowfall.