Synergies are behind a new snow removal plan that should help keep main city routes nearly flake-free.

City administration presented a plan at the land use, planning and transportation committee that included using casual and seasonal staff from other city business units like waste and recycling and transit to maintain Priority Two routes when the snow starts to fly.

Ward 11 Ald. Brian Pincott, who requested the snow removal report from administration, said this type of efficiency-seeking is exactly how the city will continue to improve services while capping costs.

“The roads department, through reviewing its snow clearing, has actually come up with a way of increasing our snow clearing service without increasing the budget,” he said. “That’s the kind of creativity … in solving these problems, that we need.”

Pincott said most of the work done by the other units is hand shovelled work on pedestrian routes, bike lanes, bridge crossings, laneways and transit stops — freeing up roads staff to focus on plowing priority one city streets.

Pincott said the plan would be implemented this winter season.

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