DARRYL KNIGHT The Standard
UXBRIDGE: Councillors were left hoping for a mild winter at their meeting on the morning of Monday, Sept. 15, after a report from Public Works Director Ben Kester that stated the cost of winter sand is set to rise by 18 per cent next year.
Councillors awarded a tender to Vicdom Sand and Gravel for the amount of $124,978 to provide the municipality with winter sand this year.
“Everyone talks about taxes, taxes, taxes, but this is a prime example of costs going up that we really have little control over,” commented Mayor Gerri Lynn O’Connor.
Ward 2 Councillor Pat Molloy joked that, “maybe it won’t snow this year,” leading to Mayor O’Connor reminding councillors that sand would still be needed even if there was no snow in the event of an emergency.
Ward 5 Councillor Gord Highet was left searching for answers over the increased price for 2015.
“Did they provide a rationale? Is the sand coming from Miami Beach” Mr. Highet asked Mr. Kester.
While Mr. Kester was unable to provide an exact reason for the increase, he did explain that this was likely a case of increased costs from the supplier being passed onto the consumer.