To write or not to write.
I have put off adding my opinion to the mix, mainly because when I hear city representatives discussing the issue on TV, I continually hear them blaming the homeowners. Blaming us for complaining. We should be able to manage better. If we cleared our driveways properly we wouldn’t have a problem. Neighbours should help. Etcetera.
Also, I have written in previous years and nothing ever changes. I decided to write today (Saturday, Jan. 13) because I just watched a city truck spend at least 20 minutes in our cul de sac pushing around the one inch of snow that fell last night. Now THAT is a waste of money. And I assume that trucks were doing this all around town. One inch of snow!
Snow removal affects me personally because I am a 71-year-old female who lives alone and I am physically unable to remove windrows. I am perfectly capable of clearing all snow from my driveway, but thick piles of frozen ice and snow are beyond my capability. Therefore, I will probably be forced to sell my house in the near future.
I am able to maintain all other aspects of my house and property, but the windrows left on the street at the bottom of my driveway are out of the question. I would like to pose a question to all of the snow removal truck drivers who leave these huge frozen piles (usually in the middle of the night so they have several hours to freeze solid) at the end of driveways, would this be acceptable at your grandmother’s house? How would you feel if she was faced with this?
I used to really like winter (I spent 13 years in the Yukon so I must like winter) but not anymore. Now when I hear the sound of the city truck I get a sick feeling in my stomach. Oh no – here comes the plow truck to make a huge mess of our cul de sac! It is a terrible feeling.
So far I have been managing (windrow removal) because I have a wonderful neighbour who does it for me. But she might not always be there or her circumstances might change.
And so there – I got it off my chest for another year.