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Halifax residents must shovel snow or pay a fine

If you don't plow your snow, expect to pay out of your pocket.
If you don't plow your snow, expect to pay out of your pocket.

Jill Colton, staff writer

February 4, 2011 — Halifax is cracking down on snow shovelling. Residents must clear sidewalks in front of their property or pay a fine.

A fine could cost you around $225.
A fine could cost you around $225.

If you're not planning on shovelling your sidewalk, you might have to pay up.

Halifax is getting tough with owners who haven't cleared sidewalks in front of their property.

If you're not willing to remove the snow, the city will send someone to do it for you. However, you can expect a bill in the mail -- as much as $225.21 for repeat offenders.

Jeff Rogers, a bylaw enforcement co-ordinator for the city, says they've issued 343 orders so far this winter. Those who are disciplined have 24 hours to comply.

Rogers warns that if you don't follow the rule, you can expect a notice on your property.

Snowplows have been working overtime.
Snowplows have been working overtime.

Enforcement usually waits 12 hours after a snowfall, or six hours after sunrise in case of an overnight snow before clearance orders are issued.

Several storms have pummelled the Maritimes this winter, and there's no doubt residents are tired of clearing snow. Close to 100 cm has blanketed Halifax alone this season. In New Brunswick, around 215 cm has piled up on the streets of Moncton since the first winter storm hit. That's almost halfway to the all-time snowfall record of 530 cm set in the winter of 1974-75.

Plowing crews are growing weary of the long clearing days and the city is at risk of exceeding their annual snow removal budget of $5 million.

To make matters worse, there's potential for another round of white weather. A low is tracking up the eastern seaboard which Weather Network meteorologist Dayna Vettese describes as “business as usual for the Maritimes.”

Residents will need those shovels once again, because upwards of 15 cm is expected to fall across parts of Nova Scotia. Between 5 to 10 cm could also settle around New Brunswick.

There is some good news with this system. “Temperatures will be fairly seasonal so that's a plus,” notes Vettese.

With files from Halifax Chronicle Herald

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