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LETTER: Barrie's sidewalk plows 'useless'

'They simply push the snow up the bank and then it falls back in,' says letter writer
2019-01-29 Sidewalk plow RB
A sidewalk plow operator makes his way along Lakeshore Drive. | Raymond Bowe/BarrieToday files

BarrieToday welcomes letters to the editor at [email protected] or via our website. Please include your daytime phone number and address (for verification of authorship, not publication). The following letter is in response to a news release about winter maintenance in Barrie, published Nov. 30.

I read with some amusement the news release on plowing and noted that when it came to sidewalks, it simply said they would be plowed at a certain time.

It would be more accurate to say they “would be churned into a sludgy, unpassable morass.”

I’m sure it’s more expensive to run the snowblowers, but these sidewalk plows are useless. They simply push the snow up the bank and then it falls back in, leaving a single mule (or mountain goat) path to navigate.

It’s challenging at best for able-bodied folks. I feel for those with any level of disability.

Come on, councillors. Clear the sidewalks.

Robert Cooper