The Town of Pelham is responsible for sanding and clearing the roads, sidewalks, and paved trails within town. Following a snow event, public works crews hit the roads as early as 4 a.m. to ensure safe commutes and travel for all.

Don’t park on streets from November 1, until March 31, especially when snow clearing operations are underway.

Winter Control Operations Protocol

Snowfall 2.5 cm 5 cm 5 cm+ Post storm Post storm clear
Forecasting Storm Begins Facility parking lots & sidewalks Plowing operations Sidewalks and cul de sacs Post storm patrols

Staff monitors multiple weather sources for a consistent forecast and plans operations.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Staff begins salting & sanding operations of arterial & collector roads, sharp corners & steep hills

 

 

 

 

 

 

Staff clears snow in front of all municipally owned and operated facilities.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Staff starts plowing operations of roads in priority sequence:

  • arterial
  • collector
  • rural
  • residential

 

 

 

 

 Staff begins:

  • clearing municipal sidewalks
  • removing snow from commercial areas, if required
  • clearing cul-desacs, bullnoses & deadens

 

 

 Staff debriefs and tends to any service concerns, if necessary

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • Pile snow from your driveway and walkways onto your property - not on the road. 
  • Don’t push snow into the travelled portion of the roadway. 
  • Clear sidewalks around your property as soon as you can after a snowfall applying sand or salt when icy. 
  • Keep children safe by preventing them from playing or building snow forts in the snow banks at the side of road. 
  • Keep fire hydrants clear and accessible. 
  • Help prevent street flooding and icing by clearing snow away from storm sewer catch basins near your property. 
  • On garbage day, place garbage and recycling containers on your driveway near the edge of the road. Don’t place your garbage or recycle boxes on top of snow banks. 
  • If you need to drive during a winter storm plan your route accordingly. Roads with steep hills may be difficult to navigate during snow events. For additional information, please contact the Public Works & Utilities Department at (905) 892-2607 ext. 332.

Sidewalks

The Town provides a sidewalk snow removal service using a local contractor. Sidewalks are cleared to a snow packed condition but the equipment does not all for clearing down to bare pavement. When the amount of snow is so great that plowing is no longer effective, blower attachments may be used, however this does not increase the amount of time it takes to clear the sidewalks .Property owners are encouraged to apply snow and ice melt to sidewalks then they become icy. The Town's contracted service provided is not able to apply ice melt to all municipal sidewalks.

If your property is damaged by the sidewalk plow please contact Christine Tonon, administrative assistant, public works, at 905-892-2607 x332 or ctonon@pelham.ca. Damage to lawns and boulevards will be repaired in the spring.

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