Spit take on snow removal

I was listening to Mayor Lyn Hall talk to CBC Radio on the wonderful job snow crews were doing now that the new recommendations and policies for priorities were in place.

I almost choked on my coffee and damn near sprayed the windshield of the rig I was driving.

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Apparently according to our well-informed, fearless leader we have had a very tough winter in Prince George and due to this we have already blown through and completely used up all of our $7 million snow removal budget for this year, causing our fearless and frugal team at the roundtable to have to look at raising taxes another five per cent for next year to keep present levels of service.

After that utter delusional tidbit and nearly spitting my very valued coffee out, I tried to take a bite of my delicious ham and cheese sandwich which my wife packed but choked on it when he said the most expensive part of our northern snow removal operations are the extensive ice cutting blades our graders are going through to cut the ice off the roads.

Every street I drove on was rutted and filled with huge frozen vehicle destroying ice humps from snow being deliberately left for the last month to pack, freeze and grow like all encompassing road tumors on every street in the city.

When I called and asked for some sand on the ice rink on Macdonald Avenue last week, I was told we don't sand residential streets anymore as part of operations. not to mention that even though we had two major garage fires on the back designated fire lane alley, to date it still has three feet of snow making it a total impossibility should fire crews need to use it even now.

John Tosoff

Prince George

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