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Monday December 15th, 2014

Posted at 10:00am

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The City of Windsor has finished adding up much of the costs of last year’s recording setting Winter.

In a report heading to City Council Monday evening, Mark Winterton, Executive Director of Operations for the city says that the past winter season cost the city an estimated $7,744,329.

In the 155 day period from November 11th, 2013 to April 15th, 2014 the city spent 111 of those days responding to winter related events. In that time they used 25,017 tonnes of salt and 2,122,514 liters of liquid brine.

The total cost for keeping the city roads, bridges and sidewalks on the right of way where they is no abutting property owners free from snow and ice cost the city $6,570,217.  The actual budget was set for $3,735,163.

The Parks and Facilities Department is responsible for clearing snow and ice from all city owned building as well as sidewalks and trials in parks.  Total cost for this came in at $1,031,362.  The budget was for $247,645.

The Traffic Operations Department is responsible for 28 parking lots and three parking garages.   Due to the amount of snow, the three roof top decks of the garages were closed, and that resulted in a loss of an estimated $8,500 in parking revenue.   The total cost to keep the lots clear was $142,750.

The city also had to clean 658 bus stops and 145 bus shelters several times for a cost of $53,000.

Removal of snow from wheel chair ramps, and in the city BIA’s costs $275,000

Overtime for city staff comes in at an estimated $932,814.

In addition, the extreme winter added to the wear and tear of city vehicles costing an additional $145,000 in repair costs.  This is an increase of 60%  from the past winter.

Fuel consumption was also up 118% over the past winter, costing the city $45,000.

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