Two mechanical shovels began working this week at the snow dump to break down the ice, working from 7 am to 7 pm.
The contractor we engaged is breaking down the snow and ice this first week. We will then give the hill's next layer some time(a week) to melt/soften and then the contractor will return the following week to repeat the operations.
Clean up of debris will follow.
This was an awful winter. We usually start this work earlier, but the ice was so hard none of the equipment would have worked. This is why we waited. By early July things should be all clear.
In the wake of another snowstorm, Côte Saint-Luc’s Public Works Department is doing a fantastic job under trying circumstances.
A tractor clears snow on the Marc Chagall Avenue sidewalk.
Of course a lot of activity is taking place in our snow dump on Marc Chagall Avenue in my District 2. Over the weekend I fielded a lot of calls and e-mails from residents. One noted that the sidewalks had not been cleared and she had to walk her dog on the street – not a good situation on any day, especially when heavy trucks are going back and forth. I was able to get that message to Public Works and within an hour the sidewalk was cleared.
When I did my grocery shopping today, so many people came up to me to say how lucky we are to live in a community like Côte Saint-Luc where the snow removal system is so top notch.
“Our teams have been working non-stop with an excellent attitude, trouble shooting as they clear,” commented Public Works Director Beatrice Newman. “I have been all over (the city) this weekend and we are ahead of the game.”
Work by the city and our contractors concluded tonight at 8 pm. The bulldozers planned to work in the dump until 9 pm, with the mechanical shovel staying even later as it makes no noise. The amount of snow in the dump is massive, resembling a ski hill. And it is only mid-January! I understand the concerns of some residents who live near the dump and hear that annoying banging noise from the tractors and trucks. A few years ago we built a snow wall, which proved to double as a sound barrier. For some it is not good enough. As I have noted, we have a lot of contractors this can be difficult to resolve as the truck drivers change. The foreman delivers the message, but he has to repeat this every time new people come on site.
The hill at the snow dump is growing.
In the city so far we have opened all streets, cleared sidewalks on one side and have started the second side on some streets. Our contractors, Canbec and CMS, have completed about 85 percent of their sidewalks- both sides.
Parking lots and all municipal buildings have been completed. City employees and contractors have been working well together well and have been dealing equally well with the very problematic issue we have with private contractors pushing resident snow into the streets right after we clean.
“Congratulations to our foremen team and our Operations Manager John Monteiro, who have been very dedicated to making the magic happen,” Ms. Newman said. “We received 36 centimeters and together with some really nice residents who have contacted me personally with tips, our teams were able to take care of some issues quickly.”
The 2010 Côte Saint-Luc Winter Carnival was a big success,featuring horse-drawn carriage rides, taffy on the snow, a pancake breakfast, outdoor hockey tournament and much more at Pierre Elliott Trudeau Park and the Samuel Moskovitch Arena over the Valentine’s Day Weekend. In fact, the fun continues on Saturday evening, February 20(7:30 p.m.) at the Côte Saint-Luc Gymnasium (7500 Mackle Road) with the second annual “Dance to the Oldies But Goodies,” with music from the 50’s, 60’s and 70’s. Tickets are $18 (in advance only). Call 514-485-6806 for details.
Congratulations to our Parks and Recreation staff and event co-chairs, Councillors Mitchell Brownstein and Allan J. Levine.
The fun all began on Friday, February 12 with the beginning of the Peewee ‘A' invitational outdoor hockey tournament. Eight teams from various communities participated. On Saturday, February 13, there was a special public skating session at the Samuel Moskovitch Arena., with all proceeds from the entrance fees going to Manoir Ronald McDonald (
(www.rmhc.ca). The latter, located in Côte des Neiges, offers an affordable and comforting home away from home for families who have a child hospitalized for a serious sickness in a Montreal hospital.
On Sunday, February 14, a hot pancake breakfast was served in Chalet 1 of Pierre Elliott Trudeau Park.
The breakfast was sponsored by McDonald's franchisee Pierre Brunet. I had a chance to chat with our most beautiful police officer, Station 9’s Marie Christine Nobert, who is always on hand for our events to lend a hand. Over the course of the afternoon children got to enjoy face painting, arts and crafts, balloons, hot chocolate, cider, taffy on snow, inflatable activities, horse-drawn carriage rides and skating on Centennial Lake. Luc Carnival, the event mascot, was busy making the rounds.
I also had a chance to view the magnificent figure skating club exhibition and take part in the presentation of trophies.
Following this we had the pleasure of presenting a cheque of $3,000 to Le Manoir Ronald McDonald de Montréal, increasing the figure of $2,500 from last year.
Public skating was free of charge from for one hour and that was followed bythe Youth Hockey all-star game...
Event sponsors included The Suburban, Domino's Pizza, IGA Pagano, Qualitifruits and Infusion Catering.
Yes, I know it is the beginning of September. However, I am pleased to report that the dirty muddy hill at the Snow Dump on Marc Chagall Avenue has finally disappeared. Due to the extraordinary amount of snow we received last winter, the hill stayed with us - albeit shrinking in size- for much of the summer. Mayor Anthony Housefather and I did find ways for Public Works to bring in equipment to break down the hill and open up more drainage. And it worked! There were some who feared back in June that the hill would have remained intact for the next snowfall in December. That concern can now be let go.
Temporary no parking signs
The City of Côte Saint-Luc will be putting temporary no parking signs on many streets before our snow clearing operation in the coming days. The goal is to prevent delays in snow clearing caused by vehicles parked on city streets.
If you see a temporary no parking sign near your parked vehicle, please move your vehicle. If you don't, your vehicle may be towed to an adjacent street and you will be fined $97. If your vehicle is towed, you can call 514-485-6960 to find out where it was moved.
If you see temporary no parking signs on your street, you might want to consider parking your car overnight at a nearby city parking lot (eg, library, arena, parks, etc.). (However, city parking lots may not be used overnight in normal times.) We also encourage residents to use all available parking spaces on their driveway or in their garage at all times--especially during and after a heavy snowfall.