Compared to last year, the City of Estevan is doing quite well with their budget for snow removal. 

"Last year, there were about five significant snow events," explained Jeff Ward, City Manager. "A lot of them were in very close proximity to each other so we're lucky this year. this has been the first major snow event so it's about one fifth the cost of additional manhours and contractor hours for an event this year compared to what was going on last year."

He adds that the cost can vary depending on equipment and contractor availability but it costs the City approximately $25,000 per day to clear the roads.

"That includes overtime and contractor payment. Norm Mack, since he has taken on the role, is very focused on getting the snow cleaned up, getting it done fast and using as much equipment as possible to get it done."

"This was about four days. The significant amount of work started Tuesday and he thinks the whole city should be wrapped up today. That's about four days so we're looking at about $100,000 for a snowfall event that's over 20 cm."

Since it is the middle of March, there is hope that there won't be too many more storms like this left. 

"Hopefully we don't see a lot more but it's just another reason to get the snow removed and out of town quickly because when you look at the forecast, it could be melting here within a few days. That affects our catch basins, that affects potholes, and that affects crack filling. Norm does a great job at getting this stuff cleaned up and out of town as quickly as possible because that reduces maintenance in the spring."

READ MORE: The Clean Up Continues Following The Storm

More Local News

New Look for Canadian Dollar in 2019: Will Honour Gay Rights

Joe Wickenhauser is the Executive Director of Moose Jaw PRIDE and the Saskatchewan PRIDE Network. 2019 marks the 50th anniversary of the decriminalization of homosexuality in Canada. To commemorate…

SaskPower Pleased With Performance Of CCS at Boundary Dam Power Station

SaskPower’s carbon capture and storage facility at the Boundary Dam Power Station had a great year in 2018, according to their vice president of power production, Howard Matthews. The facility…

Millions for Crop Research in Saskatchewan

On Wednesday, the federal Minister of Agriculture Lawrence MacAulay and Saskatchewan Agriculture Minister David Marit announced more than $12 million in funding for forty-four crop-related research…

Humane Society Receives Big Boost With $5000 Grant

The humane society has recently received a $5000 grant from the Western Financial western community foundation. Angela Prette with the humane society was extremely happy with the amount of the grant…

Bitter Winds Sticking Around

After some balmy temperatures and days to start the new year, more traditional Saskatchewan weather has moved in for the third week of January. Cold days and even colder nights with bitter winds is…

Snowplow Safety Important For Everyone

With the lack of snowfall we've seen in the southeast corner of the province, it's easy to forget about the drivers that keep the roads clear and drivers safe. Snowplow operators are often overlooked…

Accident On 13th Ave and King Street

A two-vehicle collision took place early Wednesday morning. "At approximately 7:45 this morning, a two-vehicle collision occurred at the intersection of 13th Avenue and King Street," explained…

The Difference Between Norovirus and Influenza Explained

Norovirus has been identified as the cause of a number of cases of nausea, diarrhea, and vomiting in the province. "Norovirus is a type of virus that affects the intestinal system," explained Doctor…

City's Proposed 2019 Budget Includes No Increase In Taxes Or Utility Rates

The city is planning some ambitious ideas for the proposed 2019 budget, but they won’t be including any higher taxes or utlility increases. The proposed budget was prepared by city administration and…

Pharmacies Running Out Of Flu Vaccine

It’s been a tough flu season in Canada and now some pharmacies in the Estevan area have been running out of the flu vaccine. Jeff Hilderman at the Estevan Pharmasave has seen his pharmacy run out of… is Estevan's only source for community news and information such as weather and classifieds.

Search the Biz Guide