Ice Storm: Mayor Smith thanks City employees

To all of the employees of the City of Westmount,

I want to express my sincere gratitude and appreciation for your hard work and dedication during the recent ice storm. Your tireless efforts and commitment to ensuring the safety and well-being of the City’s residents did not go unnoticed, and I am truly grateful for all that you have done and continue to do.

The ice storm was a great challenge for all of us. We received over 400 calls and messages reporting problems caused by fallen branches or trees on the road or power lines. More than a hundred Hydro Westmount customers lost power. During the peak of the storm, the ice on our roads and sidewalks made it quite dangerous for people to get around in the City.

But, often, it is in times of crisis and adversity that the strength of a team is put to the test. And our team rose to the challenge with grace and professionalism. The unwavering commitment of our Public Works crews to keeping our roads and sidewalks clear and safe made a real difference in the lives of citizens. The efficiency of Hydro Westmount crews in restoring power to affected customers was remarkable. Public Safety Officers were also present to assist the population and secure the operations of the Public Works and Hydro Westmount teams. The Community Events and Sports and Recreation staff also showed great responsiveness, empathy and solidarity in welcoming those who came to the Victoria Hall or the Recreation Centre to warm up and find some comfort. Thanks to all the Departments working together, we succeeded. The efficiency, speed and coordination of our response to this crisis drew much admiration in the media. You can all be proud!

Your dedication to your work and willingness to go beyond the call of duty is a testament to your character and commitment to serving the community.

Thank you!

Christina M. Smith
Mayor of Westmount