Kitchener, Waterloo over budget on snow removal for 2014

Kitchener and Waterloo are still feeling the sting of last year’s harsh winter, as both cities went over their 2014 budgets for snow removal.
The cities of Kitchener and Waterloo are both hoping for low precipitation toward the end of 2014. (Amanda Grant/CBC)

Kitchener and Waterloo are still feeling the sting of last year’s harsh winter, as both cities went over their 2014 budgets for snow removal

Kitchener is projecting it will be $900,000 over its snow removal budget of $5.3 million for 2014, while Waterloo has already gone nearly $100,000 over their $1.6 million budget. 

The annual snow removal budgets for both cities is expected to cover the entire calendar year. And with two months left until 2015, the cities will be dipping into reserve funds to cover costs – and hoping for minimal snow.

"Unfortunately winter is one of those things where it's very difficult to budget for any given year because if you have a greater than average winter and storms that are significantly greater than average they you will have the costs that go along with that," said Scott Berry, the manager of maintenance operations for Kitchener.

Both cities said its reserve funds will easily cover overages, as long as this year’s winter is an average one.

"Any years that we actually have savings in winter and control we actually put those savings into a reserve, so we have a healthy reserve on board right now so that will cover the overage that we have," said Roslyn Lusk, who is Waterloo’s director of transportation service.