A formal written policy in regards to snow and ice control in the township has been unanimously adopted by Spallumcheen council.
The policy outlines the township’s procedures in dealing with snow and ice concerns.
“The main reason behind the policy is to reduce liability for the township,” said public works manager Ed Forslund. “It also provides clear direction to management and operations staff in providing winter road maintenance.
“The township does not have a formal policy, but if we were ever taken to task on how we maintain our roads in the winter, or we’re challenged as to what our policy is, we should have something in writing.”
The policy outlines the direction in which the roads are to be maintained in winter to minimize economic loss and inconvenience to the community.
It will prevent or reduce hazardous roadways that may cause accident or injury.
The policy also helps facilitate the managing of emergencies by fire, police and ambulance services, and gives a guideline for managing and operating personnel in the handling of winter maintenance operations.