Winnipeg man told curb will get fixed in 2032

St. Vital resident John DiNoto stands outside his home in Winnipeg, Man. Sunday December 9, 2013....

St. Vital resident John DiNoto stands outside his home in Winnipeg, Man. Sunday December 9, 2013. DiNoto is upset that city snowplows damaged his curbs. Brian Donogh/Winnipeg Sun/QMI Agency

Kristin Annable, Winnipeg Sun

, Last Updated: 8:43 PM ET

WINNIPEG - After a snowplow damaged 20 feet of John DiNoto’s curb, the city told him it would get fixed -- by 2032.

“Can you repeat that?” was DiNoto’s reply, assuming he misheard.

He hadn’t.

After a heavy snowfall in Nov. 2012, DiNoto’s curb at his home met its untimely end after it was uprooted by the grader of a private contractor’s snowplow.

City public works policy says when a curb is damaged by a snowplow, that company is on the hook to pay for the repair in the spring. That wasn’t the case with DiNoto’s curb.

The public works department said DiNoto’s 40-year-old curb was damaged to begin with and therefore the contractor did not have to pay for the repairs.

“This highlights a problem - this man did what he was supposed to do and reported the damage and it has been a year and we still don’t have it fixed,” Coun. Brian Mayes said.

Public works told him DiNoto’s repairs fall into the realm of general curb restoration. This curb would instead join the many in the city’s list of deteriorating curbs - a list Mayes said will take 20 years to complete.


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