Municipal snow removal budgets holding the line so far this winter

Harry Sullivan
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TRURO - Things were looking pretty rosy for Truro’s snow removal costs until a grumpy Shubenacdie Sam decided on Saturday to add six more weeks of winter.

Glen Scott, a maintenance shop employee with the County of Colchester, is seen putting some new rubber on one of the municipality’s snow plow trucks during a break in winter action.

And whether coincidence or otherwise, snowfall that started on Sunday and carried through until Monday saw another 30 cms of accumulation dumped on the area.

“We were doing really good (prior to the latest snowfall), said the town’s director of public works, Andrew MacKinnon.

Up until Jan. 19, the town had spent about $310,000 (56 per cent) of its $550,000 winter maintenance budget.

“And right now I think that we’re pretty well headed for an even budget,” he said.

Last year, the town ended up 25 per cent over its budget, of the same amount, MacKinnon said.

Colchester County, meanwhile, up to the end of January, had spent $40,671 of its snow removal budget, which this year is approximately $135,000. That does not include any staff overtime costs that would be factored in at a later date.

Up to the end of February 2012, the county spent $54,593 (before overtime costs).

Overall for last year, public works director Ramesh Ummat said the county came in slightly under budget and he expects this year will finish up in similar fashion providing the Mother Nature does not throw any curving snowballs.

Geographic location: Colchester County

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  • Father winter
    February 07, 2013 - 10:24

    How could the town have gone over budget last year?? We barley got any snow at all. Maybe 5 minor storms if that!!! Something doesn't make sense there!!

  • TruroResident
    February 07, 2013 - 07:14

    Last year I had to shovel my driveway 1 time and temperatures were way above normal. How did the town go 25% over budget? I guess the department has the money so feels it must be spent so that the following years budget doesn't go down.... that's the way gov't works which is why there is so much waste. Speaking of waste... the sidewalk clearing is out of hand. These guys make 4 passes on my street whether it snows 1cm or 30 cm. In either case 1 or 2 passes is only necessary. They end up causing home owners more work as each time they go by they push a pile of snow in the mouth of my driveway. Please contact your councillor and the mayor to complain about this waste of money.