Kings County's snow clearing budget in the black

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After one of the worst winters in the last decade, the County of Kings is in the black for snow plowing services.

The municipality’s total budget for snow plowing (which includes municipal roads, sidewalks, treatment plant access roads and the municipal complex parking lot) was $508,200. At year-end, $418,168 was spent, despite of 2013-2014 being the worst year for total precipitation and second worst for snow fall in the last seven years. In 2012-2013, $579,620 was spent on snow removal. 

“We did the tender differently last fall,” said supervisor of engineering services, Tim Bouter. “We charged the contractor a lump sum per time around each designated zone rather than paying them by the hour.”

Bouter said other reasons for the savings include road swaps with the provincial transportation department and working closely with other municipal units.

“DTIR now plows all our roads on the outskirts of the municipality and we plow an equal length of their roads that are more central to us,” said Bouter. “We also have new agreements with the Village of New Minas and towns of Kentville and Berwick so they plow our sidewalks that are adjacent to their own.”

Warden Diana Brothers said the savings show the county’s focus on providing quality services while making efforts to minimize costs.

“Council is committed to living within our means and finding ways to save money without any burden on the citizens of Kings County,” said Brothers. 

Geographic location: Kings, Village of New Minas, Kentville

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  • pat monette
    May 15, 2014 - 11:19

    I was very disappointed with snow removal in a lot of the more rural areas this winter. I live in Blomidon, and several times this past winter the main road from Canning (Pereau Road) was not plowed for DAYS ( once it was plowed on the third day) after the storm. It made it quite dangerous, if not impossible, for many of us to get to work etc. There was a medical emergency in the area , and a special plow had to be called in for that...I shudder to think what would have happened if it had been life threatening, or if there had been a major fire. This has never happened before, so I guess the quest to save some money was more important than keeping the public safe ! I hope in all the rejoicing of being in the black ,, which is great by the way... some thought is taken to where they can still work to improve the service though in future years.