A nearly 30 year old agreement was changed last night. That vote by Kapuskasing Town Council ended snow removal service to some residents on Mitchell’s Corner and West Riverside. It’s a deal that those residents have had with the Town since back in 1980 where their private driveways were taken care of. Those residents paid a fee to the Town for that service. Some councillors were concerned whether or not the rate was in line of what local companies charge do to the service. Kapuskasing Mayor Dave Plourde says it’s not in their best interest to keep providing that service.
“It’s just come to that point,” he said. “I think now in taking the time in opening up private driveways and now spend that time on town roads, it makes our services look that much better.”
Plourde said there are several reasons behind the move including cost savings and liability issues.
“We are not paying overtime,” he said. “We are making sure that the services that we are offering to get ambulance and bus service moving are doing it in a quick manner. That’s our intent. When we are spending time on doing other stuff other than our roads system than it can get tricky.”