Parry Sound Works Department crews will be back at it Tuesday night removing snow that has piled up on James Street.

Staff expects to have that work completed tonight with William Street next on the schedule.

Heavy snowfall this winter has put the Director of Public Works Peter Brown under close public scrutiny as snow piles from snowplowing operations grow higher along major thoroughfares and residential streets.

Responding to a question by Councillor Bonnie Keith at Council’s meeting on February 5th, Brown reported that the Town passed new snowplowing standards in 2014 that exceed those of the province in which his department adhere to now.

In his reply to Councillor Keith, Brown said that snowplowing consists of 13 staff members plus one foreman.

During the winter, two members of the Operations staff work the night crew between 8:00 pm and 4:00 am.

If there is a snow event, staff are called in at 4:00 am to clear affected roads while being bound to working a maximum 60 hour week.

Main arteries are cleared one and a half times every 12 hours as part of what Brown says is an orchestrated effort by the operations staff.

The Public Works Director said the main issue is the Freeze-Thaw the Town is experiencing this winter.

The heavy snowfall followed by a thaw causes water drainage from private properties on to the town’s streets wreaking havoc on area roads.

Brown said he feels his department is handling the snow removal quite well under the circumstances adding that “it takes time, takes effort, and it takes the manpower to do it”.