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Posted: November 22, 2017

Notes from City Hall

Reminder to Renew your 2018 Dog Licences!

As we approach the New Year, the City of Kimberley would like to remind all residents with furry friends to please renew your dog licenses. Place the license on the dog’s collar and ensure the collar is on at all times, as this helps enable a speedy return of your beloved pet if it gets loose. The rules of dog ownership are outlined in the City’s Animal Control Bylaw, and the fees are outlined in ‘Schedule A’ of the bylaw. You can view this bylaw on our website.

Snow and Ice Management Plan

At the November 14 Regular Council Meeting, council approved the 2017-2018 Snow and Ice Management Plan. This plan is revised annually, and is a guide to the city’s snow and ice control policies intended to advise the public, council, and city staff of when and how snow and ice will be dealt with by the Operations Department. Please visit HERE to view the plan and other important information about snow removal.

Frozen Water Line Prevention

If the water service line to your home has ever frozen or you have noticed a reduced water flow in your home during the winter, leave one tap running cold water day and night (stream should be the size of a pencil). This will help to prevent your lines from freezing.  Since frost sinks deeper into the ground when air temperatures rise after a period of extreme cold, you will need to keep the water running 24/7 until mid-April to avoid having the line freeze.

The city encourages residents who have experienced frozen water service lines in the past to be pro-active by ensuring indoor lines are properly insulated, keeping a good snow cover over the ground above the service lines and installing a bleeder line system. For more information.

Plow Trucks

Winter has arrived so please drive safe, especially when approaching a highway or city maintenance vehicle. When drivers attempt to pass a plow truck, they put themselves, their passengers, the truck operator, and the driving public at risk. Even though you see the plow truck, the operator might not see you. Please remember:

  • Snowplows move at much slower speeds than other vehicles. On the highway, snowplows normally don’t travel faster than 60 km/hour when plowing or spreading winter abrasives.
  • Drivers may not be aware that plows are wide and can extend across the center line of the highway.
  • On some highways and bridge structures, two or more snow plows may be staggered across multiple lanes with the plow in front pushing snow towards the plows behind. This is an effective way to quickly clear wide areas, so we want to remind drivers to stay behind these plowing operations and to not try to pass.
  • Snow plows, salt or sand trucks throw up snow and spray making it difficult to see. Snow plows have limited visibility and plow truck operators cannot see directly behind their trucks.
  • If a snow plow is approaching in oncoming traffic, pull to the right as much as possible and slow down to avoid being hit by winter abrasives. Operators don’t always have a chance to turn down their spinners when vehicles are passing.
  • Please give road maintenance crews room to safely do their work.

Remember the road surface ahead of the plow hasn’t been plowed yet therefore please slow down and be patient.  The operator will eventually pull over and let you pass safely.

Free Family Swim

Come to the Aquatic Centre and enjoy a Free Family Swim on Wednesday, November 29 from 6 to 7 p.m. sponsored by Dr. Craig Spowart. Remember persons 18 years and younger must be accompanied by an adult in the water.

City of Kimberley

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