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Letter: Lack of timely snow removal at school safety zone is concerning

Capreol resident says it's a serious safety hazard that needs to be addressed
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A school bus on a snowy day (Meghan Groff/HalifaxToday.ca)

I have been attempting for many years through our local councillors to have the Public Works Department ensure the snow after a storm is removed around the C.R. Judd School Safety Zone before school begins — without success.

This is a serious safety hazard for the children walking down the streets to the school in the morning and the parents driving through the heavy snow. They must find tire tracks in order to walk down to school, which obviously occur in the middle of the streets, and it's very unsafe walking with automobiles driving down the roads.

Our snow in Capreol is removed by a grader that drives into town from the Suez compound. This is at the south end of town, and the grader starts plowing snow at the first street it encounters and plows the downtown area next before it comes to the north end of town where the C.R. Judd School is situated on Lincoln Crescent. By this time, school has already started.

I have suggested for years to our councillors that when a snowstorm occurs, the grader should drive to the north end of town to plow the streets around the C.R. Judd School Safety Zone before school begins. Our councillor has assured me he has contacted the Public Works Department with this concern numerous times, but it is obvious the Public Works Department is ignoring his request.

I find this solution quite simple, but the Public Works Department is not listening.

This is a serious safety hazard and must be addressed. It is unacceptable for it to continue.

Robert Stibler
Capreol
 




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