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Shelburne’s old fashioned winter

February 5, 2014   ·   0 Comments

“A People Place, A Change of Pace,” is just what the Town of Shelburne’s welcome sign reads and this year rings truer than years of the past as the people of Shelburne did in fact change their pace from pleasant to pummelled with the most snow Shelburne has seen in years and City Labourers valiantly were the ones to remove it from streets. Removing snow is their job, true, but they literally dug in.

Unlike other years, many huge dump trucks could be seen daily, loaded to the brim with the unwanted stuff, and Shelburne’s Mayor Ed Crewson has been keeping an eye on the situation, commenting, “We are likely over budget for our winter road maintenance,” and further explained as the bills are not in yet, just how much we are over is difficult to say.

Mayor Crewson gratefully continued, “Staff members and volunteers made our community a ‘safe haven’ for travelers in distress and with that same desire to keep our citizens safe, our staff members continue to work hard removing snow banks from our streets and lanes and sidewalks. We are proud of our staff members’ dedication to serving the traveling public and keeping our citizens safe in dangerous circumstances. Thank you.”

And just how many truck loads were needed to remove recent snow fall to keep Shelburne road worthy and safe?

CEO/Clerk John Telfer reported, “Approximately 850 trucks collected and dumped , and that is since the one week storm alone,” continuing, “There are two separate transfer load stations where the collected snow is dumped, one on Victoria St. and the second is Fiddle Park.”

For those concerned about flooding possibilities, Telfer commented, “Both Victoria and Fiddle Park load areas are not affected by infrastructure concerns or storm sewers. Victoria drains into Besley Drain and Fiddle Park will be received by 2nd line’s ditch. Now that the snow is off the streets, the impact into storm sewers is reduced accordingly.”

Last week, Shelburne made news across the country for the weather Shelburne endured, but that’s not all. Many accounts of weary stranded travellers being taken into strangers houses are still trickling through many news reports and local conversations, proving Shelburne to be  ‘A People Place’ indeed.

As Shelburne can still be seen digging out with snow banks notably over six feet tall in places, Shelburne braces for more bad weather and freezing temperatures as the next horrible storm is predicted to arrive. By the time this article reaches the eyes of readers, Shelburne will be experiencing yet another change of pace, digging out again!

By Alex Sher

 

Victoria Street transfer station was the sight of many trucks dumping loads. Between Fiddle Park and the Victoria St. approximately 850 trucks have dumped loads of snow collected from Shelburne’s streets according CEO/Clerk John Telfer.

Victoria Street transfer station was the sight of many trucks dumping loads. Between Fiddle Park and the Victoria St. approximately 850 trucks have dumped loads of snow collected from Shelburne’s streets according CEO/Clerk John Telfer.

         

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