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<br />REPORT TO: Community and Infrastructure Services Committee <br />DATE OF MEETING: November 7, 2016 <br />SUBMITTED BY: Cynthia Fletcher, Interim Executive Director INS 519-741- <br />2600 ext. 4424 <br />PREPARED BY: Denise McGoldrick, Director of Operations Environmental <br />Services, 519-741-2600 ext. 4657 <br />WARD(S) INVOLVED: All Wards <br />DATE OF REPORT: September 20, 2016 <br />REPORT NO.: INS-16-087 <br />SUBJECT: Winter Sidewalk Maintenance <br />___________________________________________________________________________ <br />RECOMMENDATION: <br />1. That the existing sidewalk snow clearing practices are maintained and <br />improvement opportunities continue to be explored and implemented <br />where feasible. <br />2. That staff continue to review and evaluate impacts of any proposed <br />changed to O. Reg. 239/02 (Minimum Maintenance Standards) and report <br />back to Council at a future date. <br />EXECUTIVE SUMMARY: <br />Currently the City of Kitchener provides winter maintenance of sidewalks in front of City <br />owned property as well as sidewalks located at the rear of private properties (back- <br />lotted properties). The majority of municipalities in Ontario have similar sidewalk snow <br />clearing practices as the City of Kitchener. <br />Staff have evaluated the impact of city-wide sidewalk snow clearing practices and <br />reviewed the maintenance practices for other municipalities. Staff recommends that <br />existing winter sidewalk maintenance practices remain for the following reasons; <br /> Changes to the minimum maintenance standards (O. Reg. 239/02) are being <br />considered by the Province of Ontario and may require changes to existing <br />maintenance practices. As such, staff recommends that the existing practices <br />are maintained until changes are made to the regulation and impacts are <br />evaluated by staff. <br />*** This information is available in accessible formats upon request. *** <br />Please call 519-741-2345 or TTY 1-866-969-9994 for assistance. <br /> <br />12 - 1 <br /> <br />