Thursday, September 11, 2008

City Outlines Plan For Better Emergency Snow Removal

The Montreal Gazette:

The city of Montreal has announced 10 measures it hopes will make any large scale snow removal less of a headache for pedestrians and commuters than what we experienced last year.

But being able to find out just how long it will take to get your sidewalk or street cleared isn't on the list.

"You know, last year I made a lot of mistakes telling people when exactly (snow removal) would be finished," Marcel Tremblay, the Montreal executive committee member in charge of snow removal, told reporters.

"No, I'm not going to say it for the simple reason that for many reasons I will not be able to deliver the goods and it's important that the citizens understand that they're a part, too, of our solution and that's why we have to work together."

Tremblay made his comments during a presentation of measures that will be taken should the city be hit with a snowfall of more than 30 centimetres (12 inches).

The measures include prioritizing snow clearing at bus shelters and sidewalks in the first 24 hours of a blizzard of 30 centimetres or more, as well as taking charge from the boroughs of the administration of snow dump sites on the island.

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