By Letter to the Editor on December 5, 2019.
We are often left wondering why City employees make the decisions they do. When we call to inquire, it is quite difficult to obtain any logical answers.
The latest for us is the decision not to put up a snow fence along the southwest end of Nicholas Sheran Park which faces directly onto McGill Boulevard. We have lived on McGill for almost 40 years, and the snow fence has proved to alleviate the drifting snow from the park onto our street, sidewalks, driveways and intersection.
Recently, we had a light snowfall with southwest winds to follow. The park, from the street to the treeline, was bare of snow. McGill had over a foot of wet, slushy drifted-in snow which stayed until the chinook took it away. Comments from calls to the City indicate that they have decided not to put up a snow fence this year; instead, they will plow the street when it snows! Right! Won’t hold my breath for that.
When we do get snow and wind É and this is Lethbridge in winter É I will appreciate these decision makers being available to come over to McGill and witness the drifting, and maybe help us all shovel out. Seems to logical people that it would be much less expensive to erect the snow fence than to send equipment to clear this street every time it snows and blows. This decision will not only affect those living directly across from the park, but also anyone who accesses McGill Blvd. from Laval Blvd. as the intersection can be especially drifted in.
Those of us who have lived here for a long time remember another “experiment” of no snow fence about 20 years ago. That was a disaster. Perhaps, communication with the people who live in this area would help you make more logical decisions. We’ll see what happens this time a new gang of City “experts” implement another bright idea.