Smoky River freezes fees

Signs, not flags used

Chris Clegg
South Peace News

There will be no increase in snow removal fees for residents in the M.D. of Smoky River in 2020-21.

Council decided to keep the fees the same [$25] after a spirited debate at their Oct. 14 meeting.

Motions to increase the fee to $50 and $35 were both defeated in tie votes prompting council to stay the course.

However, one change will be that residents can now get signs to post on their property instead of flags.

Director of operations Kevin Cymbaluk proposed an increase and the sign instead of a flag. When residents want the service, they now merely flip their sign to notify the passing grader operator.

“They can keep their signs as long as the pay their bill,” said CAO Rita Therriault.

In 2019, the M.D. received $2,400 in revenue for the service.

Cost to purchase each sign was estimated at $50 and can be attached to the existing rural address post or, as Cymbaluk said, “anywhere they want” as long as it was visible to the grader operators.

Council heard there were 800 residents in the M.D. and decided to buy 50 signs.

Council also heard that the M.D. of Greenview charges $50 while Birch Hills County has discontinued the program.

“We’re the lowest I could find anywhere,” said Cymbaluk.

Councillor Luc Levesque did point out to council there were always commercial options available to residents.

Reeve Robert Brochu opposed a fee increase.

“I still like this for seniors. They need it.”

The service provides a resident with one pass to the residence and back out; in essence, just the driveway.

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