Kamloops looking for snow removal boost in this year's budget

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KAMLOOPS – Additional snow clearing measures may be coming to the City of Kamloops budget after all, though not at all as first proposed.

City council voted to add $35,000 to the supplementary budget for the clearing of snow in limited access alleyways and $320,000 for additional snow removal equipment.

Though council voted to not go forward with his proposed study to look at the snow removal budget and procedures in the city last month, Coun. Donovan Cavers says he is pleased these supplemental items were added to the budget. But more might need to be done, he said.

“The resourcing we have right now for snow removal is not quite meeting the standards that we have set,” Cavers says. “Part of that is the city is growing. If you have the same amount of equipment in a growing city, eventually you’re going to reach a point where that equipment isn’t able to cover the territory it needs to.”

Cavers says that the addition to the budget to help clear these limited access alleyways was an oversight in the operational plan. He says that council was contacted by someone living by a limited access alley and they don’t get any removal unless there is a major snow event. The new equipment was needed to be able to do snow removal from these alleyways, Cavers says. He also says that the new equipment will be put to other uses as well.

“I don’t know if it can get us to where that level of coverage can be met,” Cavers says. “But I think it’s definitely a step in the right direction.


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