The natural phenomenon know as snow is formed when temperatures are low and there is moisture in the form of tiny ice crystals in the atmosphere. When these tiny ice crystals collide they stick together in clouds to become snowflakes. If enough ice crystals stick together, they'll become heavy enough to fall to the ground.
Accidents in the winter time are getting ridiculous, the city is lacking the motivation to make the city look perfect. For instance during some storms the snow is blown into Mount Everest sized banks which cause the visibility of drivers to be at zero. If they take the lunge there's a 50/50 shot that there will be a car on the other side about to strike them.
There are a few short term solutions to removing snow and doing so faster. Short term solutions include:
1) Increasing the snow removal budget- This is not an ideal solution due to the fact that the City of Charlottetown already has problems meeting and maintaining their budget requirements and throwing more money at snow removal does nothing for them.
2) Snow Melters- with cost in mind this option i is also far too expensive for the city to adopt unless we can get a raise in the budget.
3) Contracting out to private companies- getting a private company to do most of the work around the city while having the City continue to conduct a minimal amount of the snow removal.
Increasing the Budget
To improve the efficiency of snow removal, the City of Charlottetown should increase the budget on snow removal equipment and snow clearing operators. The City of Charlottetown has to consider the equipment’s efficiency and ability to clear the snow.
“The snowfall has caused a lot of wear and tear to machinery and the fleet needs to be updated,” said Terry Bernard, chair of the public works committee.
In 2015, the chair of Charlottetown's public works committee put forward a motion to increase the budget by $500,000 to buy some new equipment. Terry said, "The whole idea is to improve efficiency and at some point you've always got to be improving your equipment." Also, they were looking at bringing in newer equipment and heavier equipment to do the contract areas than what they had.
Operators need easy-to-use equipment to increase the speed of snow clearing. An efficient snow pusher or snow plow helps operators avoid long hours. “Improvements are there, but we are still looking to make more improvements,” said Terry Bernard. As a result, it is necessary that the City of Charlottetown update the equipment on a regular basis.
In addition to the need of newer equipment, more snow removal operators are also required. Though everyone wants the snow removal to get started soon after the snowfall, operators can’t begin to work until the visibility improves. As a result, in order to clear heavy snow within a short amount of time, hiring more temporary operators to increase services is a way. The City of Charlottetown can hire a few temporary operators in the fall to provide time to train. When there is a severe snow condition, these experienced operators can help out in time.