Town calls police over inconsiderate snowclearing

Paul Hutchings
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Deer Lake residents warned to watch where they pile the white stuff while shoveling

Stephenville resident Lloyd Pretty is seen blowing snow from his driveway recently. RCMP in the Town of Deer Lake are reminding residents that throwing snow onto cleared streets could be punishable by fines.

DEER LAKE  To paraphrase fictional newscaster Howard Beale, Deer Lake staff members are “mad as hell, and they won’t take it anymore.”

That’s after the town has seen too many homeowners shoveling snow out of their driveways and depositing it onto streets.

Town officials called the Deer Lake RCMP, who in turn issued a warning to residents that dumping snow in the middle of a cleared street from their driveways is a fineable offence if they’re caught or witnessed.

“We keep having to go back and do the same streets two and three times because of this,” said Deer Lake’s superintendent Dave Thomas.

“(In that situation) other people don’t get their streets plowed in time, so we want to see people shovel their snow anywhere but in the street.”

Thomas said the town doesn’t want to see people charged, but what they are doing is causing unnecessary danger. Deer Lake RCMP Sgt. Terry Foster, who issued the warning early Friday, agreed.

“They’re hazardous conditions out there and not just for drivers, they’re putting out obstacles for pedestrians to trip over,” he said.

“It’s also something that could reduce visibility and we’d like to see it stop.”

Thomas said the snow needs to go anywhere that it doesn’t get in the way of traffic, such as crushed near a curb or shoveled onto a lawn.

The police will be keeping an eye out, said Foster.

Organizations: RCMP

Geographic location: DEER LAKE

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Recent comments

  • Anonymous
    January 26, 2014 - 12:23

    I think the town has bigger fish to fry than this.....maybe someone should take a drive over town and see all the sidewalks that are never cleared or salted! Most of these sidewalks are conveniently located in school zones by the way. Just a thought.....maybe its the town that should be prepared for a fine?

  • Linda
    January 26, 2014 - 07:06

    Try and check some of the byroads in the Bay of Islands if you wanted made some money.