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."