I am writing this letter in regards to the abundance of snowfall in our town and how our community is handling this situation.
First of all, I love winter and snow. The cold temperatures? I could certainly live without it. But we do live in Alberta so we just need to grin and bear it while trying to make the best of it. And if that doesn’t work then have a snow day once in a while, which we have had quite a few already.
Secondly, hats off to my neighbours and anyone else who has had to get out and push a vehicle or two out of the deep snow. Everywhere I look people are helping others by carpooling, pushing a vehicle, pulling over to let vehicles pass, shovelling an extra driveway or two and using a snow blower to clear streets and alleys.
Thirdly, kudos to the Town of Sylvan Lake for their efficient snow removal. Maybe to some of us folks it wasn’t quick enough, they didn’t do our street first, they cleared off a ball diamond, and now they are doing back alleys. But when you look at the strategic planning for all this it makes total sense. The ball diamond was not the whole field to play snow pitch on, it was for windrows like they do every year.
Yes we all want our own street cleared first but we all should know that major streets that are the core of our community will always get done first. Then secondary streets and then lastly, crescents, cul-de-sacs, and closes. I know. I live in a close and have to drive on secondary streets to get to the main streets. Back alleys? Really? Makes sense to me as my garbage day is Friday so I will be one of the first to complain if my garbage doesn’t get picked up on its scheduled day. And some people actually do park in their backyard garage. So yes, it does make sense.
So please citizens, be patient with the snow removal. There has been an abundance of snow fall so far this season but I think our town is doing a super job of dealing with the snow removal just like most communities in this province.
Thank you to all the people and crews who are working overtime to do the best that they can possibly do. I love my town and the people who make it home.