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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.