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Wednesday, January 11, 2017

The Snow Never Seems To Stop

Orillia | by Ian MacLennan  
Crews tasked with clearing Orillia streets and sidewalks are in overdrive.

If you have had enough of the snow,  think of the work crews tasked with keeping streets and sidewalks in Orillia clear.

Kyle Mitchell,  Manager of Source Protection and Operations, says his crews put in 1,200 hours over their regular shift in December as the city got 5.2 feet of snow, while another 2 feet has fallen in the first two weeks of January.

Mitchell admits the winter, so far, has been quite difficult,  as they get caught up, there is another storm.

The snow also melts,  the roads get sloppy, and Mitchell says crews are out scraping, dealing with bank heights, trying to appease residents, and to get to the sidewalks.

The city spent about $400,000 dollars in snow clearing last month, money that came from the 2016 budget.

Mitchell says the city has a snow clearing policy that exceeds provincial standards, adding work crews strive to exceed the city's own policies.

He says they respond quicker to collector and arterial roads, as they are set to a different level of standard than for side streets.

Orillia has a fleet of 9 plows,  6 sanders and 6 sidewalk machines.

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