STORM AND WINTER UPDATE
We have had some wild weather, from snow, to ice storms, to wild winds. The City of Waterloo plows and salts (with beet juice) 800km of roads, 100km of sidewalks. 42Km of trials and pathways. There are 600 bus stops. In 2013, the city budget is at $1.5Million, which is nearly $500,000 over. The city has a winter reserve, that has more than $600,000 in it. More than 2000 truckloads of snow have left the snow dump 85% full.
The ice storm in December has taken a toll on our urban canopy. The City of Waterloo staff estimate it will cost $647,000 to replace the trees that were lost and damaged during the 2013-2014 storms. We are working on a planting strategy for the spring.