Operational Services provides snow and ice control services to help to ensure the safety of residents and vehicles along Town roads. An effective snow and ice control program is necessary to allow the municipality to function under normal winter weather conditions, to reduce snow and ice hazards, and to provide reasonable winter mobility on Town infrastructure including roadways, sidewalks and pathways. More information can be found in the Snow and Ice Control Policy.
All residential and commercial properties in High River are subject to the Town’s Snow Removal Bylaw 3622/89, meaning that snow must be cleared from pathways and sidewalks within 24 hours of a snowfall.
This bylaw applies only to residential and commercial properties outside of the downtown area as the Town has assumed temporary responsibility for ensuring that all sidewalks in the downtown area will remain clear of snow for the season.
Residential and commercial property owners outside of the downtown area are reminded that they are responsible for having sidewalks cleared regardless of whether their property is occupied, vacant or is an unoccupied distressed property.
If property owners cannot remove snow on sidewalks adjacent to their property in accordance with the bylaw, they are encouraged to make alternate arrangements with friends, neighbours or contractors.
Council has directed administration to begin clearing downtown sidewalks after every snowfall in order to maintain access to businesses in this area. This includes Macleod Trail from 1 Avenue to 6 Avenue S.W., 1 Street S.W. from 1 Avenue up to 7 Avenue S.W. and along both sides of 3, 4 and 5 avenues S.W.