If you’ve been reading Kingstonist during the past year, you may have picked up on the fact that I recently became a first-time home owner. With all the fun responsibilities that come with owning a place of my own, shoveling the driveway and clearing the snowy sidewalks around our corner lot are chores that I honestly don’t mind. With the memory of snowmaggedon still all around us, I can’t help but point out a serious problem that residents across Kingston are forced to endure. Time and again over the past week, I diligently trudged out to shovel so that pedestrians did not have to walk single file down a narrow path on the sidewalk. Each and every time I retreat inside to thaw out, Mr. Plow makes his way down my street to deposit huge ice boulders; commonly referred to as snowlders, in front of my freshly cleared driveway.
Sure all of that snow from the road has to go somewhere, but isn’t there some sort of snow plow attachment that could slow the deposit of icebergs in front of my automobile? Do the drivers do this intentionally, or is there honesly nothing they can do to spare me another trip outside? I suppose I wouldn’t have such a problem with it, but the icey debris is considerably heavier than the powdery goodness that fell from the sky. My back has noticed, and I know that my elderly neighbors have noticed as well. I assume our experiences with the 3 foot wall of frozen doom are not isolated, as this is a city-wide problem. Clearly City Hall has not heard a call for change.
Instead, the city is reminding residents of Bylaw No. 2004-190, which makes it illegal to shovel your snow onto the road. Those found guilty of this offence could be charged up to a maximum of $5,000. Does this go both ways? Can I counter and charge the City when an iceberg larger than the one that sunk the Titanic ends up in front of my sedan? Is the bylaw enforced if I am simply returning the chunks of frozen fun onto the road they originated from? I’d love to hear your opinion on this, and any adventures you’ve had battling the snow plow as well as Kingston’s famous snowlders.