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City digs into its coffers to plow residential roadways

For 75 cents per person, per month, Calgarians will see snowplows in residential neighbourhoods in a move that could pilfer up to $10 million from city reserves.

City officials released the interim snow and ice removal policy yesterday in response to the recent heavy snowfalls and public fallout — deeming impassable residential roads a clearing priority for the city.

“What this new policy does is give us the ability to get into those areas where typically we have not provided winter maintenance,” said Ryan Jestin, the city’s director of roads.

Residential road ruts will be deemed impassable if they are more than 12 centimetres, and will be cut down up to twice per winter.

“What this will not do is provide bare pavement on every road in the city nor will it eliminate every rut in residential roads.”

While most citizens have been waiting for better residential clearing, Jestin warns the side-effects of clearing snow will cause “windrows” or snow banks that Calgarians will be responsible for clearing.

Roads maintenance manager Dean Bell said increased service could mean more overtime hours and other business units may help keep up with the new demand.

“We’re not going to have the ability to buy equipment right now, we’re not going to have the ability to hire new people right now, but we have a bunch of options,” Bell said.

Ward 12 Ald. Ric McIver said he was pleasantly surprised with the key policy points because he presented some to council two weeks ago. “I’m glad administration was paying attention. I think it’s an improvement and it’s welcome,” he said.

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