Some people had to climb through snow banks along sidewalks on Yarmouthâ€™s Main Street as snow blocked their path the day after a major blizzard. TINA COMEAU PHOTO
By Tina Comeau
Could â€“ or should â€“ the town plow an initial swath through snow covered sidewalks on Main Street in the downtown core?
Itâ€™s something that town staff may be directed to look at should a motion coming from the committee of the whole be approved by Yarmouth town council.
The issue was discussed at a March 27 meeting. Councillor Ken Langille thinks the town should do some plowing of sidewalks on Main Street to help accommodate merchants. Saying this area of town represents a considerable tax base â€“ and noting that the town clears sidewalks around schools and on residential streets â€“ Langille thinks at the very least the town should plow an initial path through the snow on Main Street sidewalks. These property owners could then themselves, or through their own contractors, do a more thorough job of snow removal Langille said, but this would at least help get them started.
He added that while Main Street property owners are supposed to clear snow from their sidewalks, not all do.
Last Thursday this was evident as pedestrians in the downtown had to walk over or through snow banks, or even walk on Main Street itself, because some areas had not been cleared of snow.