While the end of summer draws near, one city councillor is already thinking about London’s first snowfall.
Councillor Virginia Ridley has filed a motion asking staff to investigate how they could put stipulations into snow clearing contracts that would require plow operators to repair or pay for damage to curbs and sod.
“I had some constituents report some curb damage, which I understood wouldn’t be repaired by the city, or by contractors,” said Ridley.
“It left me, and my constituents saying, what is to prevent damage if there is no fee and no repercussions, what causes people to be more careful and take their time?”
In her motion, Ridley says the City of London is responsible for repairing damage to curbs and sod caused by contractors, and that there are no provisions in tenders for financial liability.
Ridley did not provide any information on the number of curbs or sod areas that suffer damage from contracted snow plows in a winter season, or how much repairs costs the city.
She is asking staff to investigate possibilities to amend contracts to make contractors liable.
The Civic Works Committee meets at 4 p.m.