Snowclearing review vote and protest set for Monday

Daniel MacEachern
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A recently announced review of snowclearing operations in St. John’s will come before city council Monday afternoon — the same day as a planned protest by fed-up residents.

Jonathan Galgay. — Telegram file photo

The agenda for city council’s regular Monday meeting includes a recommendation from the city’s public works standing committee, announced last week, that the city seek proposals from qualified consulting firms for a comprehensive review of snowclearing operations in St. John’s, to be funded from the city’s snowclearing budget.

Councillors will vote on the review, which was approved at the committee level March 20.

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.

Coun. Jonathan Galgay said last week 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.”

Monday is also a day for a protest organized on Facebook. Launched by photographer Kerry Gamberg, the protest urges residents to “Take back the sidewalks and streets of St. John’s.”

The protest urges people to print letters and photographs of “appalling conditions” and drop them off at City Hall on Monday, and then attend the council meeting at 4:30 p.m.

Twitter: @TelegramDaniel

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