Two years after reducing the threshold for sidewalk snow removal, city staff in London, Ont., are suggesting council reverse the policy in an effort to save costs.
Budget discussions come as a “major” winter storm continues to blow its way through southern Ontario on Wednesday, with the Forest City expected to see upwards of 10 centimetres of snow by Thursday morning as a snowfall warning remains in effect for the region.
According to the provincial mandate, sidewalks are expected to be cleared after eight centimetres of snow accumulation. However, in the fall of 2021, the city decided to exceed that requirement and updated its policy to begin plowing after five centimetres of snow falls in London.
Ward 2 Coun. Shawn Lewis supported the city’s choice to update the requirement two years ago. But now, he said he supports the proposed recommendation to switch back.