Plunging into the depths of a particularly frigid winter, there are some pertinent bylaws that residents should keep in mind, city bylaw manager Suzanne Stubbs said.
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The CIty of Prince Albert's priority one snow routes.
The seasonal bylaw sheâs received the most calls about has to do with snowmobiles, which she notes are not allowed within city limits.
âThe bylaw has been put in for a very long time,â she said. âItâs motorized vehicles. ATVs arenât allowed in the city and snowmobiles arenât allowed in the city. They have to be trailered outside of city limits.â
The bylaw most relevant to current temperatures, which have dipped into the -40s when factoring in wind chill, is one that requires outdoor pets to have access to insulated enclosures.
âI have a dog and I have to have an insulated doghouse to allow my dog outside,â she explained.
âEspecially with this weather weâre having, if you are having your animals outside youâre required to have an insulated dog house.
âWeâre talking wind chills of -46, so itâs hard to keep your dogs out without an insulated dog house.â
The cityâs bylaw enforcement office works with the Prince Albert SPCA to enforce this bylaw, which can result in the seizure of animals.
In December, Stubbs said that bylaw officers responded to six calls about pets left outside without proper housing -- a figure that doesnât include incidents called directly in to the SPCA.
On a similar note, animals may not roam the great outdoors off-leash -- not even cats.
This is of particular importance at this time of year, since more coyotes than usual are known to access the city during the winter months by crossing the frozen North Saskatchewan River.
âIf youâre letting your animals at large, like a cat or something, theyâre easy prey,â Stubbs said, adding that although pets are at a greater risk during the winter itâs a year-round concern.
âThey do come across the river, but as well they come in all over the place,â she noted. âWeâre surrounded by the forest, so theyâll be coming from all areas.â
Some snow-centred bylaws are also of particular importance at this time of year, she said.
One restriction continually brought up by the cityâs elected officials during recent city council meetings has to do with on-street parking.
When parking bans are in place people cannot park on priority one arterial roads such as 15th Street, 28th Street, Marquis Road, River Street, Fourth Street East and a handful of the cityâs main avenues, Stubbs said.
When it comes to city crews clearing snow from other roadways, keep an eye out for âNo Parking Snow Routeâ signs, she encourages, noting that vehicles that ignore these warning will also be ticketed and towed.
As well, vehicles may not be parked on any city streets for more than 48 hours at a time.
When called to a scene, or when they spot a potential infraction, bylaw officers chalk the time of day on the trouble vehicleâs tire.
âWe re-attend in 48 hours, and if the vehicle hasnât been moved âŠ weâre ticketing and towing,â she said.
Another bylaw that comes up every winter -- with this one no exception -- has to do with snow removal from driveways and sidewalks.
âA lot of people will shovel their driveway and kind of take it out onto the street,â she said. âItâs only the downtown area that youâre allowed to shovel onto the street. In all other areas, if youâre removing snow put it on private property.â
Breaking any of these or other bylaws may result in ticketing, Stubbs warned, noting that a full list of city bylaws are available on the cityâs website, online at www.citypa.ca.