Road crews have been busy digging out from the last storm. City crews reported for work around 2 a.m. Monday, as they cleared the downtown in time for businesses to open.

"Given that we're having the second event so close to the last one, hopefully it will slow down a bit. Right now, we're doing all right for budget, but it depends from year-to-year," said operations manager Jeff Hawley.

Before December started, staff estimated the city had spent about $800,000 of it's $1.1 million budget for snow removal

Over the holidays Kenora residents had to deal with some icy spots on the roads, so Hawley also responded to concerns about the use of salt on local roads.

"The last storm event, we had significant issues with regard to ice," he acknowledged. "We definitely did use salt."

Hawley notes the city buys about 500 metic tonnes of sand and salt every year, which is mixed together. Since salt is only effective to about -18, the operations manager says it's mixed together with the sand to provide traction, as well as help melt the ice on city streets.

For more information:

City snow removal budget (p. 35)

Use caution on the roads this morning

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