We see to it that our public utilities are well-maintained for the effective use of our community.
Nevertheless, the impact of weather in our town proves to be a major challenge to this.
While Drumheller has some of the best views in the Canadian Badlands all-year round, it is not exempt from the heavy snowfall that can cover our roads and sidewalks.
For this reason, the Town of Drumheller Snow and Ice Removal By-law requires property owners to enable pedestrian traffic.
This can be done through clearing snow and ice from all sidewalks abutting their property, including businesses, in the Drumheller Valley area.
In cases where a residential or commercial property has frontage on both the front and the rear, snow and ice must be removed from the front sidewalk where the civic address is posted.
Sidewalks must be cleared to bare pavement or cement. Snow and ice removal must be completed within 24 hours after the end of any snowfall.
Although a landlord may pass the task of snow removal on to a tenant, the landowner is ultimately responsible for keeping the sidewalk clear.
Please refrain from moving snow or ice into the street. When possible, kindly shovel snow and ice onto an adjacent boulevard or yard or onto your property.
Seniors or disabled citizens, who may have difficulty clearing their sidewalk, are encouraged to make arrangements with a neighbor or family member.
If they cannot make other arrangements, the Community Services Seniors Coordinator can provide a list of companies or agencies that can provide snow-clearing service for a fee.
If you will be away from your home for more than 24 hours, please arrange for a neighbor, friend, family member, or contractor to care for your home and sidewalk in your absence.
Community Enforcement Officers will pro-actively patrol the Town of Drumheller or where phone or written complaints are received 24 hrs after any snowfall has stopped.
Consequently, the sidewalk in question is inspected. If the sidewalk is in violation of the established by-laws, the following actions will be taken:
- First offense within a winter: A warning notice is issued to the occupant or owner.
- Second and subsequent offenses within a winter: No further notices are issued to the occupant or owner.
For both instances, we will be sending contractors to remove the snow at the owner's expense if the sidewalk is not shoveled within 24 hours of the warning notice or inspection.
These charges will be billed to the legal landholder, and if payment is not received the costs are added to the landowner’s taxes.
Payments for tendered by-law tickets may be addressed at Town Hall. All properties and violations are photographed and properly documented.
The Town appreciates citizens taking part in this cause.
For inquiries, please call our by-law officers for assistance at (403) 823-1363, our general Town number at (403) 823-6300, or our Emergency Hotline at (403) 823-2512.