By TREENA MIELKE
The Town of Rimbey public works department were kept busy last month keeping up with the huge dump of snow experienced throughout central Alberta.
CAO Tony Goode said a grader was rented for a few days to help deal with the onslaught of snow.
“It’s pretty tough to keep on top of it,” he said. “We have a small department, only four operators.”
He understands residents want to see the snow cleared as quickly as possible, but he asks everyone to be patient.
“It takes time and we are doing the best we can.”
He said second passes have been made on all the town’s streets to ensure they were cleaned properly.
Mayor Sheldon Ibbotson said there have been some complaints about the snow removal service, but also some compliments.
“It’s a tough job, we have so much snow. Where does it all go? We’re hoping it melts.”
Due to the heavy accumulation of snow, emergency services lots were given first priority, and then the downtown core including 49th Avenue were plowed.
Residential areas were plowed on a rotation schedule.
Windrows and snow piles from the streets were removed with a backhoe and a skid steer loader once the streets were cleared.
To ensure public safety, businesses and residents are required by a town bylaw to remove all snow and ice from the sidewalks which flank their property.
Seniors who need help with shovelling their snow can call FCSS at (403)843-2030.