When life doesn’t give you snow, fill potholes. Or fix playgrounds.
Or clean out encampments.
Mother Nature has decided to hold off on the snow so far this winter, giving us nothing to clear off our roads. So, the City has been redeploying its Snow and Ice Control City crews to do other things.
The lack of snow means that the cash-strapped City has also been saving some money, but it’s too early to say exactly how much will have been saved till spring arrives
According to City of Edmonton data, we received a little more than 62 cm of snow in all of 2023. That goes back to the previous winter. How low is that number? Like, really low.
In 2022, we got 236 cm of snow, and that wouldn’t be considered a heavy snowfall year.
In 2013, we got nearly 500 cm of snow.
Val Dacyk is the City of Edmonton’s general supervisor of Infrastructure Field Operations. She says that a mix of contracted crews and staff are responsible to clear the streets of snow.
When it doesn’t snow, the contracted workers simply aren’t called in, and “this does mean some savings for these budgets. Seasonal savings are being tallied and exact numbers will be available at a later date.”
Where does the money go?
“Savings from snow and ice are distributed back to City operations, and any ultimate savings are added to the Financial Stabilization Reserve that covers overages caused by extreme weather conditions.”
So, basically, it’s put into a pot and saved for a time when we have to deal with major weather issues.