St. John’s has spent almost all of its budgeted overtime pay for snowclearing for the year.
The city’s most recent snowclearing report shows the city has spent $260,000 of the $300,000 budgeted for labour overtime for 2014.
Overall, the city has spent almost
$3 million for all snowclearing, about $287,000 more than its year-to-date projections.
The city has a $2-million contingency fund in case snowclearing operations cost more than the $16 million budgeted for 2014.
Ward 3 Coun. Bruce Tilley, meanwhile, wanted to know why the streets in Cowan Heights hadn’t been plowed by 4 p.m. Sunday after snowfall earlier in the day.
Paul Mackey said it was the timing of the snowfall that was the problem.
“Each piece of equipment has a route to cover,” he said. “All the operators and the equipment were out on their routes, and each route is about 25 lane-kilometres to be plowed. They have to go through that in a priority order: do the high-traffic ones first, Priority 1s, then Priority 2s, then Priority 3s. People on Priority 3s wouldn’t see a plow for several hours after a storm ended.”
Mayor Dennis O’Keefe reminded Tilley city policy is for all streets to have had one pass with a snowplow within 12 hours from the end of a snowfall of less than 25 centimetres.