The County of Grande Prairie has begun its snow removal program for the season after the South Peace received approximately 11 cm of snow on Nov. 16.
The county says it will put deploy temporary parking restrictions with a 24-hour notice during a heavy snowfall forecast.
“When ‘No Parking’ signs are visible, parking on roadways and streets will not be permitted between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m.,” said the county.
County residents can now also access a map that will show where the parking ban exists at www.countygp.ab.ca/snowremoval.
The fine for vehicles left on the street when there is a parking restriction in place is $100.
The county also notes that leaving a vehicle on the street when snow clearing is happening slows down the process as well as creating a traffic safety hazard.
Once the snow removal is complete, street parking is again permitted.
The county also reminds residents to keep snow and ice clear from their driveways and sidewalks.
Residents aged 65 and older or individuals with physical disabilities can join the Senior and Special Needs Snow Removal Program. The county will clear snow from the resident’s driveway after the main county roads are completed.
Seniors who want to join the program can contact public works at 780-532-7393 and residents with a physical disability can contact FCSS at 780-567-5586 for more information and on how to apply.
The county also reminds residents it is illegal to deposit snow, ice and other materials onto roadways, right-of-ways, ditches and property other than your own. It can be met with a fine of $100, an order to clean up the snow and ice put on a roadway, and an additional $200 fine if it is not cleaned up.
Jesse Boily, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Town & Country News