Mayor Dennis O’Keefe says the new harbour security fence has not hindered snow removal operations.
St. John's Mayor Dennis O'Keefe. Telegram file photo
“Over the past two weeks the city has removed upwards of 5,000 truckloads of snow from city streets,” O’Keefe said in a news release.
“Most of this snow was dumped in the harbour, and the harbour fence did not interfere in any way with the operation.”
Coun.Jonathan Galgay, chairman of the public works standing committee, said the city does not require access to the secure area behind the harbour fence for snow dumping purposes.
“With the co-operation of the Port Authority, the city obtained access to an area on Pier 8, just west of and outside the fenced secure area,” Galgay said. “No sign-in/sign-out procedures were necessary and snow dumping went smoothly and efficiently."
O'Keefe added that if it gets to the point that the port is full, and there is no room to dump, the city will have to truck the snow elsewhere.
Given the continuing increase in marine traffic at the harbour, the city will do a review in 2014 to identify alternative snow dumping sites, should the port not be available in future.