01/08/2013 10:18 EST | Updated 03/10/2013 05:12 EDT

Saskatoon city council votes against lowering boom on snow scofflaws

SASKATOON - The snow boom will not be lowered on Saskatoon residents who fail to keep public sidewalks near their property clear during the winter months.

City council has unanimously defeated a motion to start enforcing $75 fines under an existing bylaw that says walks must be cleared within 48 hours of a snowfall.

If passed, a bylaw officer would have been hired to start issuing tickets to scofflaws who failed to heed the regulation.

The issue surfaced last month and was supported by most councillors, but that quickly changed after a flurry of angry calls from citizens complaining about the city's own snowclearing this winter.

Coun. Ann Iwanchuk says she doesn't feel right fining people when the city is not doing an adequate job.

The issue will swirl and drift again late this year during 2014 budget deliberations, when councillors are expected to review a comprehensive snow removal program for all areas. (CJWW, CKOM)