Nova Scotia

Dalrymple distances himself from private snow removal

Halifax Regional Municipality's plan to use new private contractors to plow snow in rural and suburban areas isn't sitting well with the councillor for Fall River.
Starting this winter the city will clear the sidewalks on the peninsula and in Spryfield just like it already does in other parts of the municipality. (CBC)

Halifax Regional Municipality's plan to use new private contractors to plow snow in rural and suburban areas isn’t sitting well with the councillor for Fall River.

City council approved the tenders for the upcoming winter's work on Tuesday. The four-year contract for Windsor Junction and Fall River totals $4.7 million.

Coun. Barry Dalrymple said the new company hardly has any equipment.

"In just the one contract, we’re giving up almost 600 kilometres of roads to private contractors and in this case, a brand-spanking new company," he said.

"I’m not going to wear this. When those calls come in this winter, they’re going to be forwarded on. I want an iron-clad guarantee that there’s going to be all kinds of supervision."

Halifax regional staff defended the move, saying there will be annual performance evaluations of all the private contractors.

City crews will still be responsible for downtown Halifax, downtown Dartmouth and the Burnside Industrial Park.

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