Enough with the band-aid approach. Halt the shotgun solutions.
One alderman says it’s time to get serious about identifying how snow and ice removal could be done better in Calgary — and it could happen if a motion to conduct a value-for-money audit on clearing city streets during the winter months gets the support of fellow aldermen.
Ward 11 Ald. Brian Pincott said no less than eight separate items have come forward to city council in the past 12 months, each trying to provide a stop-gap measure for Calgary’s winter road woes.
“What we really need to do, if we’re serious about this, is do a performance audit; have a look a what we’re spending, what we say we’re spending it on, are we being as effective and efficient as we can be, and then go from there,” said Pincott, who also serves as chair of the audit committee.
Pincott said he believes one result of the audit will be the need for more money — but he stressed the importance of making that money go further.
If approved, a preliminary report is expected in the summer, with a final report by the fall.