The recent snowfall events, while lovely to look at and a lot of fun for the kids sledding down Diefenbaker Park in Tsawwassen, has taken its toll on many of us.
City of Delta crews have been working flat out since Christmas Day, attending to several significant snow events. The first big dump of snow started on Dec. 24 and the next winter blast followed Dec. 29. The latest came over night last Wednesday (Jan. 5) dumping another 15 centimetres on the region.
It has meant a lot of long hours for city crews - many who sacrificed their Christmas holiday time with families – to ensure the safe passage on our roads and streets.
Has it all gone smoothly? Nope. I’ve seen more than a fair share of comments on our community social media pages wondering why this street or that street had not been cleared. Our newsroom has been copied on letters to the city expressing anger as to why city crews are not doing their jobs and critical of the work and the effort of our city crews.
You simply can’t please everyone and that is certainly the case here.
Overall, I think our city crews have done an excellent job.
I live in North Delta along the Scott Road corridor and travel along both the Delta and Surrey side. I have to say that Delta’s side has looked a whole lot better than the Surrey side on many occasions.
City officials are looking at their snow clearing bylaws and plan to report back to council on strengthening bylaws around snow clearing, the responsibilities of businesses, strata councils etc.
Could things be better? Sure, they always can, but to suggest, as some have, rather cruelly I might add, on social media, that city crews are lazy and not doing their jobs, is way offside and totally unwarranted.