City of Vernon crews spent a substantial amount of money

City of Vernon crews spent a substantial amount of money

Vernon dumped with cleanup costs

From Jan. 1 to 31, 2015, the total cost of plowing and removal from Vernon's roads and sidewalks was approximately $451,000

Old Man Winter has put a chill on City of Vernon finances.

During January, the city spent $451,000 on removing snow from roads and sidewalks, with $181,000 of that directly related to a major storm that occurred Jan. 4 and 5.

“Just be glad we’re not in New England,” said Mayor Akbal Mund of snow that has hit the eastern seaboard.

The cost for snow management in January was equal to almost 70 per cent of the city’s annual snow and ice control budget and about $275,000 more than the three-year average costs for that month $175,000).

Mund says the most significant challenge was removing piles of snow from key areas such as downtown to vehicles and pedestrians could move freely.

“If we hadn’t of done that and left it, we would have created problems,” he said.

Coun. Bob Spiers admits the increased expenses were unavoidable.

“It is what it is,” he said, adding that no one has control over the weather.

“Hopefully we will come under budget for the entire year.”

The city’s annual snow and ice control budget for 2015 is $658,000.