There was a time when Midland Public Works had to snowplow some 40 miles of streets and roads…..since annexation that number has increased considerably. It took between six and eight hours back then to do the job with plows, sanders, sidewalk plows and a grader.
It was Town Engineer , Percy Ehler’s brain child in the ’70s to push the snow to centre of King Street from Yonge to Bay and then have the snow hauled away when things quieted down. As a result the entire town snow plowing program was quicker, just as safe and thorough.
Under the Highway Traffic Act it still is illegal to climb over what became Percy’s Peaks or shovel an opening so shoppers could skip going down to an intersection to cross from one side of King to the other. It is unknown if there are any other towns in the province that use the Percy’s Peak’s unique method of snow removal in a downtown core.
So the next time you might want to complain about all that snow pushed to the centre of King Street, remember there is a method for this so-called madness…..speedier, safer snow removal than ever before here in the Heart of Huronia at Gateway to 30,000 Islands.