A Kamloops councillor wants to know precisely how much it would cost to add snow-windrow management to the city’s snow-removal budget.
Windrows are barriers if snow that often build up at the end of driveways snow plows clear the road.
Arjun Singh made a notice of motion on Tuesday to direct staff to research the impacts of added service levels after the topic came up during a workshop last week on snow and ice control.
City staff are requesting an additional $400,000 for extra equipment and staff, noting the snow-removal budget has not kept up with city growth in recent years. In 2018, the city received more calls about snow removal than in the two previous years.
During the workshop, staff could not provide costs to remove windrows, but estimated the city’s current $1.6-million snow-removal budget would double.
Council will consider staff’s request during 2019 budget talks. Meanwhile, Singh’s notice of motion will be debated at the next council meeting, which is on June 26.