Have your say: What do you think of Red Deer’s snow removal?

The City of Red Deer is engaging with the public to help improve our Snow and Ice Control Program. They want to give everyone an opportunity to tell us their thoughts about the program. 

Balancing snow, ice, mobility, safety and cost

The city says it needs to balance safety, access and costs while minimizing impacts to our road users. They also said they are continuously working to make this program a success and want your ideas for improvements. 

Between Feb. 12 and March 31, 2020, you will have multiple opportunities to participate.

How To Participate

There are three different ways to provide your input: 

  • Participate in a Snow Workshop being offered throughout the city at the time and location most convenient for you. This is your opportunity to discuss your experiences, challenges, and ideas, and understand more about the Snow and Ice Control Program. These are family-friendly events, children are welcome and there will be activities for them.
    • March 3, 6 – 8 p.m., at Northside Community Centre, 6391 76 St
    • March 4, 6 – 8 p.m., at Festival Hall, 4214 58 Street
    • March 24, 6 – 8 p.m., at Notre Dame High School, 50 Lees St
    • March 25, 3 – 5 p.m., at the Golden Circle, 4620 47A Ave
  • Submit your ideas online any time by visiting Snow and Ice Control Engagement. The questions asked are similar to those at the Snow Workshops. 
  • Watch for the city at various locations throughout the city. They will be popping up where you are to learn more and provide your input on the spot.

Pop-up engagement opportunities

Here are the places you will be able to find us over the next few weeks – check back often as we add more dates and times. Thanks to these local businesses for allowing us to come and survey their patrons. 

  • February 20: 4 p.m. at the GH Dawe Community Centre
  • February 26: 12 p.m. at the Collicutt Centre
  • March 10: 9 a.m. at the Collicutt Centre
  • March 11: 6:30 at Bo’s Bar and Stage
  • March 17: 2 p.m. at the Port O’Call Safeway downtown

Looking for more information now?

Read this brief overview of the Snow and Ice Program (pdf)  and recent changes.
Visit  Snow and Ice Program web pages for additional information on our Snow and Ice Control Program.

How your input will be used

The administration has been directed by council to identify workable snow and ice control improvements that can be implemented immediately for the 2019/20 season and those that can be phased in for future years. 

Decisions about changes to the program will need to consider impacts to:

  • Response times
  • Mobility
  • On-street parking
  • Windrow sizes
  • Costs 

In developing these options and recommendations, the administration is considering information from:

  • Public Works staff ongoing monthly operational reviews and end-of-season annual performance review
  • Council program performance review briefing and workshop
  • Research on best practices and success from other jurisdictions across Alberta
  • Public input from this public engagement process 

The administration will deliver options and recommendations to council in the summer of 2020 for their review and final approval. 

Are you a driver?

The city is holding a separate workshop for those who driving is their business, for an example school bus and transit drivers, taxi and ride-share drivers, couriers, emergency responders, waste management operators, and others. 

The workshop will be held on April 8, 2020, from 1 – 3 p.m. at Pidherney Centre (4725 43 Street). If you would like to be invited to this, please leave your information here.

Do you know when plowing is happening?

Sign up for Notify Red Deer’s Snow Zone alerts to get a text, email or phone call before they plow: RedDeer.ca/NotifyRedDeer

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