Ont. senior with 10-foot snowbank fined

Wayne Miller of Orillia says it's not fair that the City of Orillia gave him a snow offence ticket...

Wayne Miller of Orillia says it's not fair that the City of Orillia gave him a snow offence ticket when he didn't intentionally put snow on the sidewalk or road. It rolled off tall snowbanks. GISELE WINTON SARVIS/THE PACKET & TIMES

Gisele Winton Sarvis, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 10:58 AM ET

ORILLIA, Ont. — Wayne Miller, 67, has nowhere else on his property to pile the snow that keeps falling on his driveway, but that might not stop his city from fining him for it again.

The senior was fined $235 in early January by the City of Orillia in central Ontario after taller than himself had tumbled down on the nearby sidewalk and road.

“It’s not fair. Where are you supposed to put it?” wondered Miller, who rents an apartment on the property.

He paid the ticket even though he disagreed with the fine.

“You don’t want that hanging over your head,” said the man who lives on Old Age Security.

He also worries for his neighbours, also on fixed incomes and facing the same fate.

The city says the fine covers the court costs and victim fine surcharge, and it’s the only way it can enforce rules to keep the streets clear.

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