Winter Maintenance Activities are performed from November 1 to March 31 of each year. The Town of South Bruce Peninsula completes its winter maintenance in accordance with the Minimum Maintenance Standards for Ontario Highways. Accordingly, the Town of South Bruce Peninsula roads are regularly patrolled to document conditions and call out plows. If you would like to call attention to an issue on your road please email or call 519-534-1400.
There is no practical way to plow the roads without depositing snow in driveways. While this may be an inconvenience to residents, the Town's main concern is to keep the roadways clear. Residents are responsible for clearing any snow from their own driveways, however, the depositing of snow or ice on any road or sidewalk in the Town is prohibited by By-law #14-2013.
Residents are reminded that as per By-law #22-2016, as well as the Highway Traffic Act, no person shall park a vehicle in such a position that it interferes with the removal of snow from any road or sidewalk in the Town of South Bruce Peninsula. No person shall park a vehicle on any municipally-maintained highway, including a boulevard, between the hours of 2:00 am and 7:00 am from November 15th of any year to April 30th of the following year. Vehicles will be ticketed and/or towed at owner's expense.
Sidewalk Snow Clearing
The Town of South Bruce Peninsula has a sidewalk clearing by-law, #14-2013. In accordance with this by-law, sidewalks are to be cleared by the owner or occupant of each property by 9:00 am. There are some sidewalks that the Town maintains; click here for the map of the sidewalks in Wiarton that are maintained by the Town.
Damage to Mailboxes and Garbage Bins
Make sure your mailbox can withstand heavy snow thrown by passing plow trucks this winter. Common repairs include replacing loose hinges on a mailbox door, remounting a mailbox post that may have become loose or rotten, and replacing or adding house numbers. Repairing your mailbox and making sure the post is securely set in the ground, will help it withstand the force of the heavy snow coming off the snow plows.
Residents are also asked to keep the snow removed from around their mailbox and garbage bins so it is visible to plow operators. This includes seasonal residents, which are asked to either keep their mailboxes and garbage bins clear of snow, or remove them if they are not being used over the winter.
Damage to mailboxes ang garbage bins resulting from snow plowing will be evaluated on a case by case basis. Mailboxes and garbage bins that are damaged by actual physical contact with Town equipment will be repaired at the Town's expense, but only if they were properly located and installed, and only if the snow has been cleared from around them. The property owner is responsible for repair or replacement of the mailbox or garbage bin if they were damaged by the pressure of the plowed snow and there was no physical contact with the plow equipment, or if the snow was not removed from around the mailbox or garbage bin and it was not visible by plow operators.
As you inspect your mailbox it is also a good time to install reflectors that make your mailbox and garbage bin easier to see during storms or during dark hours. It's a good idea to also make sure your house number is visible on your mailbox as this will assist mail carriers and emergency crews.
It is very uncommon that a mailbox or garbage bin is directly contacted with snow removal equipment. The average number of mailboxes that receive direct contact from snow removal equipment during a snow storm is less than one percent. For further information, please see the Town's policy regarding Town Damage to Private Property, which specifically deals with damaged mailboxes and disturbed grass areas.