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Cochrane history: The high cost of snow clearing in 1940

A new town council will be elected in a couple weeks.  And in this week’s look at Cochrane history, you can bet it will wish it could be dealing with numbers like these.

The newly elected 1940 council finally awarded the tender for snow removal in early January.

Public library archivist Ardis Proulx-Chedore reads from a report in the Northland Post.

“The revised tender of Arthur Clair was accepted. He will be paid $3.50 per hour while working, with a standby charge of $2.50 per day, provided that the truck works less than three hours per day.”

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Council also instructed the clerk to get quotes on a truck of its own.

“There is a strong feeling on the Council and among many of the ratepayers that if the municipality owned its own truck, it would pay for itself by placing the town in a position to handle not only the snow clearance work, but garbage collection and grading also.”

That same week, the paper reported that council decided to eliminate the positions of watchman at the dump, and the stenographer at town hall.  The steno would instead be employed part-time as needed.

Thanks to the Cochrane Public Library for access to its archives.

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