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Snow concerns expressed

Posted on February 28, 2018 by Taber Times

This letter may be a little late in the season, but, in my opinion, it still needs to be said.

I am a mature woman with mobility issues. I don’t believe that some property owners, businesses, and the Town of Taber realize how difficult it is to navigate through the snow and ice because no one wants to clear it off their properties. It’s difficult enough to walk with the use of a walker, but add to that having to slog through the snow and having to step very carefully and slowly on the ice for fear of falling, makes it even more so.

The intersections are especially treacherous. The streets are like skating rinks with many hills and a build-up of snow at the curbs in which I have to lift my walker up and attempt to climb over. This also goes for those property owners that live on corner lots who use snowblowers but fail to clear a path onto the road. I have a very real fear of falling and quite possibly break a leg or a hip.

I have talked with the public works department of the Town of Taber about their lack of clearing the sidewalk in front of Confederation Park on 50th Avenue. Naturally, I received a very lame reply which didn’t make sense whatsoever. They can clear the sidewalk on 50th Street and the various paths through the park, but they can’t clean the sidewalk on 50th Avenue because they don’t have a good brush. Huh??

Please, everyone, keep the sidewalks clear for pedestrians. Use salt if you must. I personally would much rather have to buy a new pair of boots than take a tumble and break something. Same goes for the Town. Clear the sidewalks and the intersections. Again, use salt. I’m sure the cost would be nominal opposed to legal action should someone seriously injure themselves.


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