The wheels are in motion for the City of Hamilton to seek provincial help in covering costs related to this month’s ice storm.
Councillor Sam Merulla says he will present a notice of motion at the next meeting of city council, to start discussions with the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing.
Merulla says the purpose would be to find out if the City may be eligible for funding under the Ontario Disaster and Relief Assistance Program.
Merulla expects costs will run into the tens of millions of dollars locally — including employee overtime and damage to public and private property.
Hamilton and Burlington have shifted their focus to cleanup efforts now that power has been restored following last week’s ice storm.
Both cities have temporarily suspended their garbage bag collection limits.
In Hamilton, that means residents can put out extra trash containers for this week only.
In Burlington, and throughout Halton Region, the usual three-bag limit has been lifted this week allowing households to place as much as six bags of garbage for collection on their scheduled day.
Downed trees are another big focus — with Hamilton residents asked, where possible, to leave branches at curb side for pick up.
As for spoiled food, it should be placed in green carts.