© Geraldine Brophy
Mel Thomas digs out on Humber Road on Monday, Feb. 17, 2014.
There’s no doubt in anyone’s mind that this has been a difficult winter when it comes to snow and snowclearing.
It’s for that reason that Mayor Charles Pender said the City of Corner Brook will be taking a closer look at its snowclearing operations.
But as clean up of the latest storms to hit the region over the last four days continued Monday, Pender said the city first has to get through this winter.
“It’s kind of hard to change everything in mid-stream,” he said. “So we have to kind of get through this winter and then we have to reassess and see if there’s different ways to do things.”
With about 135 kilometres of city roads and service roads to clear, Pender said “there’s all kinds of things to look at.”
Everything from snowclearing routes and schedules, to leasing versus buying equipment.
Pender is also taking a different approach to keeping people informed about the process with regular updates to his Facebook page.
“The more people know and understand the easier it is for them to see how we do things,” he said.
“A lot of times what I find is if people know what you’re doing, and know what the crews are doing, it can help allay some of the concerns that people have.”
He said it’s really about providing people with a “game plan.”
“We do have a unique situation here and I think the more information we can give people when they’re wondering what we’re doing, then it takes that wonder away and hopefully gives them an idea of where their tax dollars are going and how we operate,” the mayor said.
Corner Brook Transit is not running in Corner Brook this morning due to poor weather in the city.
The city announced there will be a further announcement at 10:30 a.m. with respect to the remainder of the day, but some reports are it will continue to not operate all day.
Supreme court and provincial court have been shut down for the morning in Corner Brook, while some businesses and organizations in the region are reporting delayed openings as well. The Department of Child, Youth and Family Services offices in Corner Brook and Bay St. George are closed due to adverse weather conditions. Staff in these locations will be regularly checking voice mail throughout the day.
Highway driving conditions are snow covered, with reduced visibility due to blowing snow. The MV Robert Bond ferry run from Labrador to Corner Brook has been delayed due to extreme ice conditions. There is no estimated arrival time. Marine Atlantic ferry crossings between Newfoundland and Nova Scotia are cancelled today.
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