The City of St. John’s is planning an independent review of its public works department’s snowclearing operations.
Coun. Jonathan Galgay will put forward the request at Thursday’s meeting of the city’s public works committee.
“Essentially, from the very beginning of the first snowfall, many councillors — in particular, myself — had a number of calls and requests from residents (saying), ‘There’s something not right. We need a different level of service,’” he said. “The people wanted a review, and the people are going to get exactly what they asked for.”
The briefing document on the review says it should look at operational components including — but not limited to — resource allocation, service levels, fleet composition and maintenance, staff training and snow-dumping areas.
The city will seek applications from consulting firms, with a submission deadline of noon on April 25.
“It’s been long overdue, and we as council recognize that this is an opportunity now for a growing city to take some clear action,” Galgay said. “We have the means to do this, and we’re looking forward to letting the people know the answers that they’ve been seeking.”
Once the committee gives the go-ahead, the request will head to Monday’s city council meeting, where Galgay says it will pass unanimously. He said the city wants to move quickly on the review.
“Depending on what type of expression we get back, then we would certainly set the timeline, and depending on what type of capability the company has, one would assume that if there are some significant changes that need to take place, we would have ample enough time to do it,” he said.
“I can’t say if we’ll be able to do all of them by next fall, but I’m sure there will be a significant number that we certainly will do our best to achieve and get that in place.”