Roy Nuriel

Roy Nuriel

City tackles icy sidewalks

The City of Vernon is placing 10 yellow grit boxes in key locations to improve sidewalk safety

Vernon residents can join the fight against ice.

The City of Vernon is placing 10 yellow grit boxes in key locations to improve sidewalk safety and assist pedestrians in winter months.

“Each box holds the same winter grit used by the city’s snow removal staff on icy patches on roads and sidewalks, but are designed for do-it-yourself public use in addition to regular snow removal,” said Tanya Laing Gahr, the city’s communications co-ordinator.

“Pedestrians are encouraged to spread the grit inside the box on the slippery spots on the sidewalks to make walking safer for everyone.”

Many of the boxes are near the Schubert Centre downtown and locations are based on criteria like proximity to steep hills or areas that are used frequently by pedestrians, seniors and people using mobility devices.

Anyone can open the lid and spread the grit over ice or other problem areas using the scoop inside the box.

“After the completion of the first year, city staff will be reviewing usage and feedback from residents,” said Laing Gahr.

“If the program is successful and continued use is approved by mayor and council, more city locations could have access to yellow grit boxes to complete the program.”

Much of the funding for the yellow grit boxes was provided by the Municipal Insurance Association.