Tag Archives: sidewalks

I survived the winter of 2013/2014

May 6, 2014

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In speaking with our public works employees last week and after reading two reports summarizing the impact of the last winter, if I didn’t know it already, was quite the winter.  It was colder than the 40 year average. There was more snow than the 40 year average. Based on the 5 year average, we budgeted for […]

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A sustainable city needs usable sidewalks even in the winter

March 29, 2014

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Unto Kihlanki makes a simple point in a Guelph Mercury opinion editorial. A sustainable city needs usable sidewalks even in the winter. I agree. I thank him for not pointing his finger at the men and women who work in our public works department – it was a tough year for our staff answering calls […]

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Sidewalks in winter

January 17, 2014


Thank you Guelph taxpayers. We are very fortunate in Guelph that taxpayers fund a service to clear snow from sidewalks.  Not all municipalities have this service.  There are approximately 657 kilometres of sidewalk in our city.  Two-hundred and thirty-seven (237) km are considered high priority.  They are cleared when 4 cm of snow accumulates and within […]

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Orange blight

September 11, 2013

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I am sure many of you have noticed the fluorescent orange markings on our sidewalks – all 4421 of them on 679 km of sidewalk. They are popping up across Ontario in response to new provincial legislation that requires municipalities to mark potential tripping hazards of 2 cm or more (discontinuities) on sidewalks.  Our staff have […]

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