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Proposal for city to clear all sidewalks not moving forward

Correction: This story originally incorrectly stated a proposal for the city to take over all sidewalk snow-clearing duties was referred to advisory committee, however, city council voted against this action at its Feb. 18 meeting. 

By Dave Flaherty/The Oshawa Express

A proposal to see the city take over snow-clearing of all sidewalks in Oshawa won’t be moving forward.

The agenda for the Feb. 10 community services committee included a lengthy staff resolution on the motion from Ward 4 city councillor Derek Giberson.
Giberson’s motion envisioned developing a multi-year implementation strategy for full snow-clearing responsibilities of all sidewalks in the municipality.

The plan called for it to be developed between 2024 and 2026 and include a yearly property tax impact of 0.15 per cent. Commissioner of community services Ron Diskey said the preliminary costs for the plan were between $4 to $5 million.

Despite a recommendation from the community services committee to refer the motion for comment from advisory committees, city council ultimately voted against that action at its Feb. 18 meeting.