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COMMENTARY · 13th October 2011
Merv Ritchie
Updated with pictures taken today, Thursday October 13, 2011.
Many complain about the high taxes and the inability to fund City operations. Councillors debate the manner in which they use this short supply in great depth and in intense detail, but not to micro manage the operations.

This while a street sweeper, designed to pick up gravel after the winter is sent out to sweep up leaves in the late fall.

Yes this was this week, Wednesday, October 12, 2011, on Park Avenue.

Just as a guess, we see an hourly rate of operation, man and equipment of at least $80/hr. The wear on the brushes, extraordinary for picking up rotting wet leaves, those which will be gone by spring.

The next elected council should fire the guy in charge, whoever that is. This is not just a disgrace it is insulting to all the hard working dedicated people of the City of Terrace. Those who contribute their tax dollars to fund these operations.
If the City was truly worried about leaves plugging the city sewer drains with new fallen leaves, one would think they would clean out last years.
If the City was truly worried about leaves plugging the city sewer drains with new fallen leaves, one would think they would clean out last years.
This plugged drain grate couldn't be in a more obvious location.  And it hasn't been cleaned for how long?   Grass is growing out of the dirt, sand, plastic and debris.  Right in front of TEDA.
This plugged drain grate couldn't be in a more obvious location. And it hasn't been cleaned for how long? Grass is growing out of the dirt, sand, plastic and debris. Right in front of TEDA.
Yes, grass and plastic, maybe even the start of a tree.   How many City workers have driven and walked right by this.  We should give them a raise.   At least the management.
Yes, grass and plastic, maybe even the start of a tree. How many City workers have driven and walked right by this. We should give them a raise. At least the management.
What it should look like.  But maybe driving around in a nice big piece of equipment with the tunes on is more enjoyable.  A pick up and a shovel was what is called for.
What it should look like. But maybe driving around in a nice big piece of equipment with the tunes on is more enjoyable. A pick up and a shovel was what is called for.
tax payers dollars
Comment by A. Ridler on 14th October 2011
You know that its very easy to complain about leave clean up, snow removal,and all the other things the city does wrong. If people think its so bad here you could move to wher there is no snow,no leaves, and what ever else you don't like about this town. These people are working people who have families to support just like anyone else. They do what they are told by their boss who also is a working man with a family to feed. I don't see many people in Terrace going out cleaning there curbs of leaves or snow. Merv you know as well as I do that this an awsome place to live and considering everything this town has to offer our taxes aren't that bad. Its easy to complain but lets find something better to do with our time.
gravel, leaves and crud
Comment by Steve Smyth on 13th October 2011
As a motorcycle rider, i say thank you, keep as much of that leafy build up and gravel off the streets. Its not just in the spring that the streets need cleaning in this town. Our safety depends on it. And please, dont get me started on metal bridge decks and wobble and instability inducing sealcoat instead of real pavement.
training, training?
Comment by bill braam on 13th October 2011
Person could be training, perfect opportunity to get to know the machine and get the best out of vehicle operating costs. Same goes for all departments of the city. Sometimes you see the new fire truck out 'cruising' while the newer firefighters hone their skills, being familiar with machinery comes in real handy when you have to drive in 'combat' mode. Thank you
For sweeping leaves?
Comment by dave on 13th October 2011
They should fire both the operstor who agreed and the guy who ordered him out. This huge machine when hardly no leaves have even left the trees? Guess there was nothing else to do in town. plugged drains, yeah right, so i suppose they'll be out driving this steady right through to halloween then
Learn what they are doing before you complain
Comment by Matthew W on 13th October 2011
If the city workers didn't sweep up the leaves, the drains will plug when it rains. Home owners are not smart enough to un plug them, then the streets start to flood. That's the reason why they sweep the leaves. They are doing a good job.