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Clarington will begin spring cleaning and repair work in May

Clarington April 23, 2020/- The Municipality of Clarington is moving forward with its spring cleaning, repair and maintenance operations. Starting in May, staff will be out doing a variety of necessary work to ensure public safety while following strict COVID-19 health and safety protocols.

Each year, the Municipality moves forward with some crucial work, including road repairs. Clarington has legislated obligations under the Provincial Minimum Maintenance Standards to ensure that municipal roads are in a good state of repair. Under these standards, municipal roads are classified based on traffic volume and speed. This classification sets out how often a road is inspected and how quickly any found issues must be repaired. Clarington staff will proceed with road surface repairs, sweeping, ditching and grass cutting as needed. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Municipality has changed its work protocols to adhere to physical distancing guidelines. This means that staff are required to take separate vehicles to worksites to ensure distancing. They are also required to change how they carry out their work to avoid personal contact.

Clarington crews will also address some of the backlog of forestry work orders. Residents will see staff cutting and pruning trees in certain areas to ensure that they are not blocking sightlines and are safe for drivers or pedestrians. Trees removed as a result of infestation by the Emerald Ash Borer beetle will be replanted with a variety of different species. The majority of the infected trees have now been removed. Clarington is redeploying staff members from departments that are affected by facility closures to assist with some of this work.

Clarington will continue to maintain and cut the grass on boulevards, sports fields and in parks. This will help reduce ticks.

“Many of the services that Clarington provides are continuing as we support our community. We’ve had to adapt and adjust the way we work to ensure that we are following strict Public Health guidelines,” said Clarington Mayor Adrian Foster.


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Basia Radomski
Communications Manager
905-623-3379 ext. 2214

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