County assesses ice storm costs - Total estimated cost of $204,500 to be managed within existing budget

Cobourg, ON – January 14, 2014 – Northumberland County has concluded an assessment of its ice storm response and estimates that costs will total approximately $204,500, with the greatest impact to County roads, waste and facilities-related operations. The County will not be seeking funding support from the provincial government to manage these expenditures.

"Based on our assessment of projected costs, we have determined that there will be no extraordinary impact to the existing County Budget as a result of the recent ice storm," stated Elizabeth Savill, Chief Administrative Officer for Northumberland County. "The County introduced a long-term planning process in 2011 which has helped us to forecast budget requirements based on trends. Because of this, the budget is sufficiently resourced for a winter-related clean-up of this nature, and no additional funding will be required."

As clean-up efforts continue to move forward, the County recently issued a reminder to all residents that yard waste loads up to 220 pounds may be disposed of at County waste facilities free of charge. Further information about waste disposal locations, fees and schedules can be found  at http://www.northumberlandcounty.ca/recyclingwaste.

Resources about emergency preparedness are also available on the County website, including links to federal government documents on how to prepare a 72-hour emergency kit, and a 5-Step Emergency Planning Guide. Visit www.northumberlandcounty.ca/emergencypreparedness for more information.

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