City stays within 2018 snow removal budget

By Jessie Weisner
January 8, 2019 - 5:09pm

MEDICINE HAT, AB -- Skiers and snowshoers may not like the lack of snow we’ve had this winter, but the city’s snow removal budget sure does.

The city stayed within the overall budget in 2018, opening doors for other services.

At the beginning of 2018, there was a whole lot of snow. The beginning of the year is usually the heaviest time for snowfall in Medicine Hat.

But by the end of the year, there was only a couple of snow falls in the city, meaning there was money and resources left over for 2018.

That money didn’t just go unspent, instead it was dedicated to other areas that needed some attention.

The cities commissioner of development and infrastructure says it mostly went towards road services.

“We needed to do a lot of pothole repairs this fall,” says Stan Schwartzenberger, commissioner of development and infrastructure for the city “We did a lot of street sweeping, we did some this last week as a matter of fact.”

The snow removal budget was renewed at the beginning of 2019.

 

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