It’s the middle of winter in Lindsay, circa 1912. A fresh blanket of snow covers the ground, glistening like freshly-ground glass whenever the sun avails itself of an opportunity to peek through the clouds. A few cutters drift by, the jingling bells on the horses bringing some much-needed merriment to the cold, bleak surroundings. A distinguished-looking gentleman mutters an audible oath as he takes a spill on some black ice — leaving his new coat covered in dirt and snow, and leaving a passing group of churchgoing women aghast at his equally filthy choice of language.
At the Special Council meeting on December 3, Council approved the 2020 Operating Budget. There will be a 3.5% increase to the tax levy, slightly below the forecasted increase in the long term financial plan.
Council received a presentation from Jennifer Stover, Director of Corporate Services. Stover noted that the Operating Budget is $205 million of a total municipal budget of $305 million. The Capital, Water and Wastewater and Special Project Budgets were adopted by Council on November 26 totalling $100 million.
Environment Canada has issued a special weather statement that snow and bitterly cold temperatures are expected this weekend. Very cold temperatures and moderate winds of 30km per hour gusting to 50km per hour will accompany the snow resulting in wind chill values in the minus 20 to minus 30 range. These very cold wind chills are expected to last into Monday morning.
Whether to buy snow tires (or winter tires) is one of those age-old questions. Many people would never consider braving our Canadian winter roads without them, while others don’t see the need for them when they have all-season tires. So, should you buy them or not? Here is some food for thought.