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Clarington releases 2016 winter maintenance budget report

Clarington March 30, 2017/- The Municipality of Clarington spent $2,383,622 on all winter maintenance activities from January 1 to December 31, 2016. That includes snow and sidewalk clearing, sanding and salting of roads and sidewalks during winter storms with snow accumulation, drifting snow or ice conditions. The total budget spent also includes sand and salt that is left over and unused in 2016, valued at $92,312. The Municipality also provides maintenance for un-assumed roads still in the hands of the developer. That cost is recouped from the developer and in 2016 totalled $131,060. Council reviewed a year-end report detailing all winter maintenance activities during Monday’s General Government Committee meeting.

Crews from the Municipality’s Operations Department deliver winter control services across 1,768 kilometres of Clarington’s road system. Crews adhere to regulations outlined in Ontario Minimum Maintenance Standards. Those regulations provide municipalities with a benchmark for the level of care on roads and bridges that need to be maintained for resident and community safety.

In 2016, crews responded to a total of 66 weather events. Of those, 24 were classified ‘full call-outs,’ meaning all staff were called in to assist with road clearing, sanding and salting activities; 41 were classified call-outs for snow accumulation and 24 were for icy conditions, as well as drifting snow.

The Municipality of Clarington also provides assistance for senior citizens and those physically unable to clear their driveways through its snow clearing program. In 2016, 315 residents registered to participate in the program, that’s a one per cent increase over the previous year. Driveway windrows and sidewalks of residents who participate in this program are cleared after all municipal streets are plowed. Due to weather, in 2016, there was a 22 per cent increase in call outs for snow clearing as part of this program. In order to register for the Senior Citizens and Physically Disabled Sidewalk and Driveway Windrow Snow Clearing Program, participants pay an annual administrative fee of $60 per registered property.

“Winter maintenance is a critical service that is provided to the community,” said Operations Manager Stephen Brake. “We use a weather tracking service that provides hourly updates on the forecast allowing us to predict and plan our response to ensure our roads are clear and safe,” added Mr. Brake.

Snow clearing in any municipality is challenging. Clarington Communications documented some of the challenges, going behind the scenes with crews during a winter storm. Please see the video and corresponding communications from snow maintenance during a winter storm in 2016.

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