City of Kamloops saw a big increase in snow removal requests this year

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KAMLOOPS – We can measure winter many ways including temperature, snowfall or freezing rain but if calls to the city for snow removal are any indication, this has been one tough winter so far.

Calls were up more 58 per cent from 2016.

From Oct. 1 2017 to Jan. 15 2018 the city said they received 778 requests for snow removal. These requests were done via telephone, email and the myKamloops app.

This is a stark contrast from the same timeframe in 2016 when the city only received 498 requests. However, there was over 830 requests in 2015.

During a presentation to city council, Jen Fretz, Public Works and Utilities Director, said that they encountered some problems when removing snow this year. A major concern is the amount of time it takes snow plows to get to certain areas because of traffic.

Another problem the city faces is cars that are parked on the street, making it more challenging to remove snow in certain areas.

Fretz also said that staff will be going to an international snow conference and that some staff will go to Kelowna and Prince George to see if there is anything they can learn about their snow removal processes.

A motion by Councillor Donovan Cavers to evaluate the snow removal budget was tabled until Jan. 23.

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