Township of Nipissing
Public Works Department
27 Beatty Street – Public Works Yard
*Please note that we are not allowing public access to the Public Works
areas at this time in response to Covid Health and Safety guidelines.
Dan MacInnis – Operations Superintendent
Garage Phone 705-724-2194
Township Office 705-724-2144 Ext. 224
Fax Number 705-724-5385
Winter Road Maintenance
The Public Works Department is responsible for sanding and
plowing approximately 264 lane kilometres of municipal roads, seasonal
roads are not included in this total.
Winter control equipment and personnel are available on a schedule and
call-in system, to respond to any winter event. There are 4 plow routes.
It is the objective of the Public Works Department to conduct its operational activities in an efficient and effective way, so as to provide safe driving conditions on all roads owned and maintained by the Township.
Highway 522, 534 and 654 are Provincial Highways. The Township of Nipissing does not maintain Provincial highways. The Ministry of Transportation has a maintenance contract for these Highways with Ferrovial Services.
The minimum standard for clearing snow accumulation is:
• After becoming aware of the fact that the snow accumulation on a roadway is greater than the depth set out in the Minimum Maintenance Standards, to deploy resources as soon as practical to address the accumulation.
• After the snow accumulation has ended, to address the accumulation so as to reduce the snow to a depth less than or equal to the depth set out in Minimum Maintenance Standards within the time limit set out.
To view By-Law 2019-41, Minimum Maintenance Standards, please click link below:
Minimum Maintenance Standards
The minimum standard for treating icy roadways is to deploy resources as soon as practical after becoming aware of the condition or a high probability of the condition, and to treat the roadway within the time set out in the Minimum Maintenance Standards.
Please remember to adjust your driving speed to suit the prevailing weather and road conditions. Thank you for your co-operation.
Public Works Operations
The Township invested money received from the Province of Ontario for Municipal Modernization into an AVL system used to track the operations of the municipal fleet during winter road maintenance processes.
This system records routes, times, speeds, as well as when the plow is deployed and whether sand is distributed. This system provides information to assist in the management of resources as well as addressing individual concerns about road maintenance and reducing liability concerns for the Township.
Frequently Asked Winter Control Questions
Q. Can I plow or push snow from my driveway onto the Municipal road or its road allowance?
A. No. Part X, Section 181 of the Highway Traffic Act states “No person shall deposit snow or ice on a roadway without the permission of the Ministry or the road authority (Township) responsible for the maintenance of the road”. Please reference Part XV, Section 214 (1), of the Highway Traffic Act enforceable by the Ministry of Transportation.
Q. The snowplow has knocked off my mailbox, what can be done about this?
A. The Public Works Department will only replace a mailbox if it has been physically hit by the snowplow machinery, including blade. Mailboxes hit by snow coming off the plow will not be replaced by the Township. The responsibility for maintaining mailboxes remains with the owner of the box. Please secure the mailbox adequately to anticipate for these circumstances.
The Township is also not responsible for damages to other privately owned ornaments or items erected on the Township’s rights of way.
Q. Can I get sand from the public works sand dome for my own personal use?
A. No. Residents are not authorized to enter the public works sand dome and remove sand for personal use on private property.
Please contact the Township Office if you have further questions or concerns on this topic.
Municipal Modernization Program
Automated Vehicle Location and Global Positioning Systems
Provided by KPMG