Be an angel this winter and help a neighbour in need

Friday, January 3, 2020

Complaints about snow and ice covered sidewalks are coming in and enforcement services is asking citizens to look out for their neighbours to help keep sidewalks clear and safe for all pedestrians.

“Every little gesture counts in the hearts of many,” says Sgt. Michael Stadnyk with Leduc Enforcement Services. “Clearing snow and ice from sidewalks isn’t always a welcome chore, and we know there are many citizens who aren’t able due to health or mobility issues. So we’re kindly asking for residents to help a fellow neighbour this winter season.”

2019 year-to-date, enforcement services received 419 calls, compared to 504 in 2018. According to the city’s Community Standards Bylaw 995-2018, Section 10 for sidewalks, ‘a person shall reasonably remove snow and ice from any sidewalk adjacent to land they own or occupy within 48 hours after the snow or ice has been deposited.’ Community peace officers will generally issue a warning to the property owner, however if compliance isn’t followed, the fine associated is $100 for the first offence and double for any subsequent offences.

“Safety is the main priority, for all residents. We believe that by working together to help keep sidewalks clear and clean for pedestrians it’ll help reduce the number of falls and slips many citizens encounter,” says Stadnyk. “Teamwork is key, from the city’s parks and road crews, to property owners and volunteers. It’s about building a sense of community pride and accomplishment for helping a neighbour, especially over the winter months.”

Family and Community Support Services also offers Good Neighbour cards for citizens to use as a way of breaking the ice and getting to know their neighbour(s). This winter FCSS is also offering complimentary hard warmers with the Good Neighbour cards, which are available at the Leduc Civic Centre during regular business hours.

For more information, call Leduc Enforcement Services at 780-980-7200 option 5, and to learn more about Good Neighbours call FCSS at 780-980-7177.

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City of Leduc Enforcement Services is a team of community peace officers (CPOs) appointed by the Alberta Solicitor General and Minister of Public Security. Working closely with the Leduc RCMP, enforcement services work to raise awareness and ensure compliance with city bylaws and select provincial statutes. Visit us online for more information or call 780-980-7200 option 5.

Mariann Tobin, Corporate Communications Officer