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The well-intentioned act leaves Calgary’s husband snowed in on his own street – Calgary

A good deed by a neighbor left a mark on a residential street in northeast Calgary and left a homeowner trying to dig it up.

A resident of 44 Avenue NE used his own Bobcat to clear the street after a pre-Christmas snowfall that left the city with between eight and four inches of snow.

“One of the neighbors did the street a favor because of the snow problems and didn’t think about where to stack the snow,” said Garry Schmidt.

He was surprised when he got to his home in Highland Park and found a massive pile of snow blocking his driveway and sidewalk.

The pile of snow blocks the driveway and sidewalk of Garry Schmidt in NE Calgary.

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“It was kind of like who the idiot was who did that,” said Schmidt.

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Confused by the situation, he called the city of Calgary to try to get rid of the pile of snow. Schmidt also filed a request for assistance in 311.

Opened Snow on Road request via Android at 128 44 Av NE https://t.co/hcRFuNHd6q. A neighbor, 104 44 ave ne, used his bobcat to pile snow from the street on the sidewalk in front of my driveway, which blocked the entrance. pic.twitter.com/hX43moofs1

– 311 Calgary (@ 311calgary) December 28, 2020

According to Schmidt, who has been trying to sell the house since March, officials told him the city is not clearing snow from residential streets.

“When I talk to them on the phone, I don’t think they understood the size of the pile that was left in front of my driveway,” he said.

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Calgary Community Standards confirmed to Global News that officials are aware of the complaint, which has been classified as a priority because the pile of snow is affecting accessibility.

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Officials wouldn’t say if the city would step in to clear the pile, but they said the pile may be in violation of certain city statutes.

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The city’s statutes state that the owner or resident of a property adjacent to a street can remove ice and snow from the sidewalk adjacent to the property and place it on the street, but cannot remove ice or snow from the rest of the property and place it on the property can street.

“In this case, the adjacent driveway falls under the definition of ‘road’ in the statutes, and as such a blockage would be a violation of the statutes,” said Jennifer Chiesa, Calgary communications planner.

According to the City of Calgary, pRivate devices are not allowed to plow snow on the road.

“It is a safety reason that the streets, sidewalks, private property and private vehicles could be damaged,” said Chris McGeachy, Calgary city street spokesman. “Also, as we see in this case, they piled the snowy sky high in front of someone’s driveway, which is not too good.”

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Fortunately for Schmidt, his neighbor has offered to clear the pile of snow, even if it can take a few days.

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