Photo of snow plow

In the winter, Public Works staff are busy plowing and sanding the Township roads.  There are a number of things that you can do in the winter to help us keep things running smoothly and efficiently.

We do our bet to quickly clear snow and ice from the roadways. However, during snow storms or bad weather, high priority roads such as bus routes are plowed and sanded first and often. If you live on a secondary road, please be patient.Snow on Roadways

Under the Ontario Highway Traffic Act, it is illegal to shovel, blow or plow snow out onto a roadway. It’s also very dangerous and can cause oncoming vehicles to lose control. Please use caution when clearing your driveway and always be aware of the traffic around you.

Winter Parking

Do not park on the roads or block snow plow turn-around areas.  Parked vehicles can prevent snow removal crews from clearing the roads in a timely and efficient manner.

Protect Your Mailbox

If you don’t use your mailbox during the winter, remove it – post and all. Most times when seasonal mailboxes get damaged, it’s because plowed snow accumulates in front of it, causing increased weight and pressure against it over the course of the winter. It’s your responsibility to keep the area around your mailbox clear of snow.

Are you only here during the summer? Why not install your mailbox post in a 5 gallon bucket filled with concrete or sand, which you can then move off the road during the off-season. Mailboxes damaged by snow load off plow equipment will not be replaced by the Township. The Township will replace a damaged mailbox if the damage is deemed to result from a direct hit by plow equipment. Should your mailbox be damaged, please contact the Public Works office. An inspection and assessment will be made by the respective Public Works Supervisor and reported to the Operations Manager.

Driving

When approaching a plow, keep your headlights on and stay to the right.  If driving behind a plow, give them plenty of room and remember they may need to back up.

Contact Information

Mike Thomas
Operations Manager
Phone: 705-489-2379
E-mail: mthomas@algonquinhighlands.ca

Adam Thorn
Public Works Supervisor - Stanhope Public Works Yard
1085 North Shore Road
Phone:  705-489-2600  Cell:  705-754-5450
Email: athorn@algonquinhighlands.ca

Richard Keown
Public Works Supervisor - Dorset Public Works Yard
1850 Kawagama Lake Road
Phone:  705-766-2912  Cell:  705-854-0303
Email:  rkeown@algonquinhighlands.ca