Hart resident John Lamarsh doesn’t know what to do next. He’s contacted the City on numerous occasions to fix a broken culvert. He’s been unsuccessful in his efforts.
“Considering I’ve been complaining about this for a year now and nothings been done, it’s kind of frustrating. What’s happening is with the culvert being plugged, it’s allowing water to go over top of my driveway. The culvert is damaged and separating underneath. There’s been water coming up through the driveway, partway through where the culvert is open.”
The warm weather over the last month has caused the snow on Lamarsh’s property to thaw and refreeze. Creating a hazard on his driveway. He says every member of his family has slipped and fell. Now he’s had enough.
“I’ve been just trying to climb the ladder of people to contact. The manager of the city I haven’t received a call back from her. I’ve spoken to the Mayor. He said he would look into the matter and get back to me. I haven’t received a call back from him.”
The City of Prince George refused to answer whether it has visited Lamarsh’s property to assess the culvert. The City will only comment on it’s procedures in general terms for when it receives a service request. Manager of Roads and Fleet Division with the City, Blake McIntosh, explains.
“If we get a service request we will make a note of it and we will have a staff member visit that location and they will determine if any risk to private property is present. If there is risk we will dedicate some resources to solve the issue.”
Lamarsh, who says it’s the City’s responsibility to fix the issue, feels like he’s getting the run around and doesn’t know what to do next. But he says the outcome he’s hoping for is simple.
“The best possible outcome is that the city just steps up and fixes the issue.”
For now, he’ll continue to break and clear the ice on his driveway. And get ready to do it all over again when the weather changes once more.