January 19, 2018
Brazeau County Enews
January-February 2018

Snow Plow Program

The Brazeau County Public Works Department is responsible for the removal of snow on all municipal roads. In addition to this compulsory service, a user-pay program to remove snow from private driveways has been in place for several years. This program excludes hamlets.

Residents must sign an agreement form available at the Brazeau County office. An existing agreement may be updated by phone. No private property will be entered without a signed agreement.

The first clearing will be provided at no charge. All subsequent clearings will be at $60.00 /hour, or portion thereof, with a minimum charge of $20.00. Residents will be invoiced for such charges. It is Brazeau County’s policy to discontinue services to accounts remaining outstanding.

Driveway snow clearing does not involve custom snow clearing of yards. It involves a pass in and out on the driveway. If custom clearing is required, the resident should make arrangements with private contractors.

The sign issued when an agreement is completed must be placed at the end of your driveway, numbers facing the road only when you require snow removal. At all other times, the sign should be turned so numbers are not visible or it should be removed. This will avoid unnecessary snow removal for which you will be charged.

Exemptions: Exemptions over and above the standard one plowing at no cost is being offered to households where an able-bodied individual (usually male) does not reside on the premises. More specifically, this could apply to seniors (who live alone on the property), disabled or handicapped individuals, and widows who cannot carry out the work themselves. Individuals must sign the declaration stating their eligibility.

Emergency Access: Individuals who require emergency access must make their own provisions. Main roads are of a higher priority than private driveways and are a mandatory responsibility of this municipality. Private driveway maintenance will be of no value if major roadways are not passable for emergency vehicles.

Private Contractors: There are private contractors who can be contacted regarding driveway maintenance. If you require immediate snow clearing of driveways, please contact one of these businesses.

If you have concerns or work requests related to snow removal, the private driveway maintenance policy, or wish to discuss this subject in greater detail, please contact the Public Works Department at 780-542-7711.

REMEMBER WINTER CONDITIONS REQUIRE SAFE WINTER DRIVING PRACTICES.

PLEASE DRIVE SAFELY AND IN ACCORDANCE WITH ROAD CONDITIONS.

Brazeau County Box 77, 7401 Twp Rd 494 Drayton Valley, Alberta T7A 1R1