Measures have been taken by our Public Works Department to reduce the noise and vibrations emanating from the snow dumping yard, such as, among other things, implementing specific operating hours and the control of tailgate clanging in order ensure the best quality of life for neighboring residents.
I have fielded complaints from residents for years on this subject, notably those living in Les Cours Chagall town houses.
As early as this week Public Works will be installing signage outside and inside the snow dumping yard with pictograms indicating to its users that the clanging of tailgates is not permitted. This will allow the Public Works Department to maintain and enforce order in the snow dumping yard when necessary.
Furthermore, the Public Works Department will be informing neighboring residents when the signs will be put up.
One of the problems we run into at the dump is the fact these truck drivers come from sub--contractors. We make our point very clear about the tailgate clanging, they comply and then new drivers arrive at the scene. It is frustrating for all of us and I hope that these actions initiated by Public Works Director Beatrice Newman and her team are successful.
A number of years ago we had Public Works erect a de facto noise barrier out of snow at the dump. This did help.