Alberta Mirror

Sunday, February 5, 2023

Edmonton city councilors approve snow removal funding requires a boost


Key takeaways: 

  • Since 2017, the snow clearing funding has gone down about 15 percent.
  • City managers say 57 percent of their current equipment was utilized this past season because of funding shortages.

Edmonton city councilors are requesting better snow clearing next winter, and that’s probable to cost significantly almost the $57 million the city operations unit spent this previous season. 

At a committee meeting Monday, city councilors approved they want to see a precise breakdown of the costs to enhance service in some areas and increase parking prohibitions and sidewalk clearing enforcement.

City managers say they used 57 percent of their supplies in the 2021-22 season, noting a lack of funds to pay for staff to operate the trucks. 

Coun. Tim Cartmell put forward a primary motion for the administration to look at adding sufficient cash to make use of all current equipment. 

“Let’s see what we can do when we start all of the equipment we own, which notifies us what we’re capable of,” Cartmell said Monday. 

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Edmonton city councilors are requesting better snow clearing next winter

In a report released before this month, city operations suggested two effective options to improve the snow and ice control budget: one by $42 million to improve service on roads and active pathways. 

That would allow them to hire an excellent team to operate the existing equipment to clear priority roads; bus stops, sidewalks, and shared-use paths for a 70 percent gain in efficiency. 

The other choice would cost $106 million to vacate roads to the bare pavement for arterial routes within 36 hours. 

The report showed teams achieved this target for arterial roads 76 percent of the time in the previous season.

Councilors added to the list of funding breakdowns, directing city operations to analyze the cost for the city to clear sidewalks at seniors’ homes, public squares, and paved pathways in parks and playgrounds. 

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