14.1998-1999 SNOW LINK PROGRAM,
Ward 27, York-Humber and Ward 28, York-Eglinton.
Director of Professional Services, Works and Emergency Services, York Civic Centre
(August 14, 1998)
To obtain approval for the 1998-1999 Snow Link Program within the York District.
Funding Sources, Financial Implications and Impact Status:
Funds of $50,000.00 are available in account number 397-467 for this Program.
It is recommended that:
(1)We continue with the Snow Link Program for the 1998-99 winter season;
(2)The rebate level and administration of the Program remain unchanged; and
(3)A one-page promotional/information ad be placed in the York Guardian Newspaper for
a minimum period of two weeks.
Council Reference/Background History:
The former City of York has offered its senior and disabled residents a Snow Link Program
since 1983. Under this program private leadwalks, driveways and public sidewalks abutting
the residents' property are cleared of snow.
Under the rebate program, eligible registered senior/disabled residents, have been refunded
up to 100% of their cost for sidewalk snow removal, to a maximum of $10.00 per storm and
a maximum of $65.00 per season.
Comments and/or Discussion and/or Justification:
In 1997-1998, the cost to operate the Snow Link Program was $54,261.00 with 820
residents registering in the program but only 430 actually submitted a rebate claim.
The total amount rebated under the program for 1997-1998 was $14,953.00. The balance of
the budget in the amount of $36,954.00 went towards administration costs of the three
Community Centres, promotion materials and distribution, registration and claim forms.
The following options have been examined for this program:
(a)Maintain the "status quo";
(b)Discontinue the Snow Link Program entirely; and
(c)Move from individually delivered promotional/information flyers, at an approximate
cost of $4,000.00 to a full page promotional/information ad in the York Guardian
Newspaper, at an approximate cost of $1,070.00 per week (total cost $2,140.00).
The "link" program for the coming winter season 1998-1999 is again proposed to be
administered through three separate community centres: York Fairbank Centre for Seniors,
York Community Services, and George S. Syme Seniors' Centre of York. The York District
will provide the necessary funds to hire a co-ordinator at each of the community centres and
to underwrite the cost associated with administering the program.
Having examined the above options, for the benefit of our seniors, we recommend the
continuance of the Program for the 1998-1999 winter season. Due to budget constraints, the
Program will be advertised in the York Guardian Newspaper.
Chi H. Ng
Director of Professional Services