Neglected snow in city lots drawing council concern

In this February 2014, file photo, a City of Cornwall snowplow makes its way up Cotton Mill Street. (Newswatch Group/File)

CORNWALL – Coun. Maurice Dupelle believes the city’s nine paid parking lots are being neglected when it comes to snow removal.

“I feel we are not giving enough importance (to snow clearing) to paid parking lots,” Dupelle told council in asking for a report on snow clearing of city lots.

“We need to focus on these paid parking lots. We’re going to have lawsuits,” he said referring to possible slip and fall injuries from people heading to local businesses and seniors’ clubs downtown.

Coun. Brock Frost supported the idea. “It’s strikes me a bizarre,” he said, recollecting his visit to paid parking lots that looked like they had been neglected for weeks.

Coun. Elaine MacDonald questioned whether there had been a change in staffing at the city when it came to snow clearing around the parking meters.

Acting CAO Stephen Alexander suggested there was someone many years ago that specifically looking after those areas (snow around the meters) but it may have been eliminated from the budget.

Infrastructure Manager John St. Marseille added that city crews will be out this week overnight doing snow clearing operations around the city.

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