Snow Removal Plan Adds Grader
Prince George, B.C. – It is the time of the year when the City gets plenty of calls about snow removal and when certain roads will be cleared.
The City is responsible for clearing 670 kilometers of roads, and 184 kilometers of sidewalks. When there is a heavy snowfall, information will be available on the City’s website, in the form of an interactive map that allows residents to click on their particular street to find out the time frame for it to be cleared.
In order to do all that work, the City has retained 5 graders, leased two more to help the City’s own 5 graders get the job done. “The additional units bring our grader total to 12” says Blake McIntosh General Manager of Roads and Fleet services. He says having one extra grader in the mix will provide “improved efficiency, support the Ice and Snow Control Procedures level standards”.
With $2.6 million spent on snow and ice control from January to March of this year, Councillor Brian Skakun wanted to know how much was left in the budget for the balance of 2016. Seven million had been budgeted for the full year, so there is still a fair chunk of cash left and only 39 days left in this year. That means there should be more than enough to deal with whatever Mother Nature throws this way, and have some left over to put in reserve.
“We would like to build a reserve that is approximately 25% of the $7 million dollar budget” says Director of Finance Chris Dalio. “This year has been very, very good to us and should it continue that way, we should be able to achieve that surplus level in just one year.”