After a lengthy discussion about semantics, City Council unanimously passed a motion during Monday evening’s meeting to look into directing staff to include a $250,000 increase to the public works vehicle reserve in the 2020 preliminary budget, as well as to look into providing further increases of $250,000 in the 2021 and 2022 preliminary budgets respectively, pending a Fleet Services Program Review planned for 2020.
This funding would allow the Public Works Department to replace the aging vehicles plus the five vehicles they lost this winter, including a trackless, 4 blowers and a snow plow, to either repair or irreparable damage.
“The age of the winter control equipment makes the challenge of keeping the City streets free and clear of snow and ice more difficult,” states a report in the City Council agenda.
At the moment, the Public Works reserve is insufficient to replace the vehicles that need to be replaced across the entire public works department, including the vehicles needed for winter control and maintenance.
Public Works requested a budget increase of $750,000 this year to address its vehicular needs but did not receive that increase.