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Friday, January 11, 2019

Costly Winter Road Clearing In Saugeen Shores

Saugeen Shores | by John Divinski  

The town is increasing its road clearing budget after 2018 proved snowier than usual.

Mother Nature seemed to time most of its snowfalls in Saugeen Shores on the weekends, during the winter of 2018.

It resulted in a deficit in the winter maintenance budget for the town.

Director of Infrastructure and Development Services Amanda Froese, speaking during budget talks on January 8th, says weekend snow removal on the town's road resulted in overtime and a $60,000 overage in the winter maintenance budget.

Froese also pointed out, there was very unique weather where the roads were covered with layers of freezing rain and snow, so a lot of sand and salt material was used in 2018, which hiked costs.

However, the extra cost is covered without a hit to the taxpayer.

Froese says they have a winter control reserve that will cover any overages.

Meanwhile, they have increased the 2019 winter maintenance budget based on the 2018 results.

If there should be a surplus at the end of this year, it would be transferred to the winter control reserves for future use.

The winter maintenance budget is based on a calendar year, so it covers the beginning of the year and the end of the same year.




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