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Public Works Department

The Department of Public Works is in charge of the Town’s installations and operates a wide range of construction and maintenance operations on Town roads, buildings, sanitary systems, and parks.

The Department is responsible for the maintenance and operation of:


Public Works Team  



Director :

Rylan Wadsworth

Assistant Director :

Nick Mavrias

Foreman :

Ferdinando Guadagnino

Secretary :

Laura Le Mesurier



Councillor :

Maria Torres

Contact Information


250 Bedbrook Avenue

Montreal West, Quebec

H4X 1S1

Telephone :

(514) 485-8597

Fax :

(514) 484-4589

Email :

publicworks@montreal-west.ca    

GIS Information :

geomatiques@montreal-west.ca


Office Hours

Monday to Thursday, 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM (Closed from 12:30 PM to 1:30 PM)

Friday, 8:30 AM to 3:30 PM (Closed from 12:30 PM to 1:30 PM)


In case of emergency after business hours, please contact the dispatch centre at (514) 630-1234.

Water

Water Quality

Water and Construction

Water Meters

Snow

 

Water Quality

The City of Montreal is responsible for the production and distribution of potable water to the Town of Montreal West. Testing and monitoring is carried out regularly to detect any presence of bacteria, metals or other pollutants, as well as to measure mineral content (water hardness).

What happens if there is an issue with the water?

The Town advises the public whenever water problems could pose a health risk. A boil water advisory may be issued as a precaution during system repairs or as an urgent advisory if monitoring indicates the presence of bacteria. Once the danger of contamination has passed, the end of the boil water advisory will be announced.


For more information on Code Red, the Town’s emergency notification system, check out the Public Security page.

Water and Construction

When the Town is undergoing construction, will I be advised ahead of time when the water is going to be shut off?

If water needs to be shut off as part of planned construction work, warning notices will be delivered to advise residents and merchants in the affected area at least 24 hours in advance whenever possible. The Town’s Facebook page and website will also post notifications whenever possible. However, in emergency situations, there may not be an opportunity for advance warning.



I am having work done at my house that would require my water to be shut off. Do I need to make a request in advance?

Yes. Residents should contact Public Works at least 3 business days in advance of anticipated work to book an appointment with the Town plumber.


Water Meters

Annual water tax is calculated based on water consumption. If you require help reading your water meter or in the case of a broken meter, please contact Public Works.

Snow

Every winter, the Town salts, ploughs, and trucks away snow as part of its snow removal operation.

Why does the snow sometimes get plowed in front of my driveway?

The snow plowing operation initially involves moving snow to the curb in order to allow traffic to flow safely. This operation inevitably causes snow to accumulate in front of driveways. While the Town will follow-up and remove these snow banks, the Town is not responsible for keeping everyone’s driveway clear before this occurs. Residents who want access in the meantime are responsible for clearing the end of their own driveways.


What happens to parking during snow removal operations?

During and after snowstorms, residents are asked to respect all temporary “no parking” signs placed by Public Works for snow removal purposes. Snow removal hours are primarily between 6:00AM and 6:00PM and can take place on any day of the week. Please note that vehicles impeding snow removal can be fined and towed.

What happens to waste collection during snow removal operations?

If snow removal operations are in progress on collection days, place your containers out as per usual. Please do not place your container in or on top of the snow bank at the edge of the street, however, as this will slow down snow removal.

Please refrain from putting out bulky items until after the snow removal operation is complete. Any undetected items buried in the snow could potentially cause damage to the snow removal equipment.


Where can I report property damage caused by snow removal operations?

The Town is not responsible for damage caused to plants, driveway curbs, fences, or other items that are placed within the city’s setback. This setback distance varies from street to street but can be approximated along either fire hydrants or your front lawn water line valve.

Damage to city-owned trees, sod, and pavement, however, will be repaired by the Town. Please contact Public Works to report damage as soon as it is visible, and it will be evaluated on-site in the spring.


Does my private snow removal contractor need a snow removal permit?

Yes. It is the responsibility of the resident to ensure that their private snow removal contractor obtains a permit, as well as stickers for their vehicles, at Town Hall. If the snow removal contractor does not comply with the Town’s regulations (outlined below), both the contractor and the resident are held liable.

  • Snow from private driveways/walkways may NOT be placed on public sidewalks, lanes, or streets

  • The only exception is when the town is removing snow in your vicinity, at which time it may be added to existing snow banks to be removed by the Town’s plough; the snow must be spread out along the length of the bank in order to prevent obstructing visibility


  • Under no circumstances may snow removed from one driveway be placed on the street in front of any neighbouring driveway or around fire hydrants

 

 

Public Trees

Trees are an integral part of the urban-scape, providing many benefits to urban dwellers. Please visit our Environment section for more information on the importance of trees.

New Trees

Tree Trimming

Branch Pickup

What happens to parking during snow removal operations?

During and after snowstorms, residents are asked to respect all temporary “no parking” signs placed by Public Works for snow removal purposes. Snow removal hours are primarily between 6:00AM and 6:00PM and can take place on any day of the week. Please note that vehicles impeding snow removal can be fined and towed.

What happens to waste collection during snow removal operations?

If snow removal operations are in progress on collection days, place your containers out as per usual. Please do not place your container in or on top of the snow bank at the edge of the street, however, as this will slow down snow removal.

Please refrain from putting out bulky items until after the snow removal operation is complete. Any undetected items buried in the snow could potentially cause damage to the snow removal equipment.


Where can I report property damage caused by snow removal operations?


The Town periodically plants trees. If you are interested in having a tree planted on Town property in front of your residence, please contact the Public Works office or submit a request online through the following form:


  • New Tree Request Form


Tree Trimming

Regular pruning of trees will prevent them from growing out of control and becoming hazardous. However, if this operation is completed by someone who is not properly trained, it may severely damage or even kill the tree. If you would like to have a Town tree trimmed, please contact Public Works or submit a request online through the form below.

Tree trimming takes place throughout the year, with the treatment of trees that are hazardous or potentially hazardous taking precedence over trimming for aesthetic reasons.


  • Tree Trimming Request Form


Branch Pickup

Green Waste is defined as organic waste from gardens and yards, including but not limited to leaves, twigs, weeds, grass clippings, thatch, and mulch.  Small branches from shrubs or hedges are additionally picked up by Public Works with compost as Green Waste, provided they are less than 2 centimeters in diameter and less than 1 meter in length.


If branches are larger than the dimensions specified above, they qualify for Special Pick-up and are not compostable. Please contact Public Works or submit a pickup request online using the form below. More information on Special Pick-ups can be found in the Waste Management section.


  • Special Pickup Request Form


Please note that although Ash tree trimmings can be chipped on site by request as part of the regular branch pickup service, large branches will not be picked up. Ash tree trimming is not permitted between May 15th and October 15th. Please see below for more information on Ash tree vaccinations and the Emerald Ash Borer beetle.


Ash Tree Vaccination

The emerald ash borer beetle has infested many ash trees on the Island of Montreal, including several in Montreal West. If left untreated, infested Ash die very quickly. To combat this infestation, all our public Ash trees have been inoculated with a vaccine called TreeAzin. You may have seen the blue markings at the base of certain street trees; this indicates that they have been included in the program. Our vaccination program, however, has only covered public trees, not those found on private land.


To effectively combat this deadly infestation, we encourage residents to identify and vaccinate their Ash trees. Reimbursement Requests can be submitted to Town Hall for TreeAzin Treatment of Ash trees on private land. To qualify for the subsidy:

  • The resident must arrange and pay for inspection of their ash tree by a certified arborist; if the tree is not infested so as to render it unsalvageable, the resident must then arrange and pay for treatment by a certified arborist

  • The resident must provide a report including address of vaccination, picture of the tree, and diameter of the vaccinated tree at 30cm from the ground, in addition to a receipt for the completed vaccination

  • The vaccination must take place before August 30th


The Town will reimburse a portion of vaccination as follows:

  • Trees less than 10 cm in diameter → no subsidy

  • Trees 10 cm in diameter and larger → subsidy corresponding to 50% of the cost to a maximum of $250 per treatment


Please note that the Private Ash Tree subsidy is reviewed and then renewed annually.


 

Why are we doing this?

  • Leaving private Ash trees untreated threatens all Ash trees in the area

  • Even if trees are in your backyard, they benefit the whole neighbourhood by providing shade, lowering summer energy costs, soaking up excess storm water and increasing the value of all the properties around them

  • Mature trees have been proven to add significant value to a home

  • The costs of removing a dead mature tree can cost more than  $5,000

  • Keeping our trees healthy helps contribute to our “Garden Suburb” aesthetic

  • As the tree dies it will become dangerous


Saving your tree makes sense financially, socially, and is essential for your own security.


How do I identify an Ash tree?

  • May be tagged with blue ribbon or markings near the bottom of the trunk

  • Branches are opposite (rather than alternating), meaning twigs on opposite sides emerge from the same point

  • Leaves are compound with 5-11 leaflets attached along a central stem (1 at the end and the rest arranged opposite to each other)

  • Bark on mature trees displays diamond-shaped ridges

  • When seeds are present, they are oar-shaped and grow in bunches



 

What does an infected Ash tree look like?

  • Crown dieback

  • Shoots growing from the base of the tree or sometimes along the trunk

  • Bark splitting

  • Presence of woodpeckers

  • D-shaped exit holes

  • S-shaped larval tunnels may be visible where bark is splitting or peeled back


Tree Removal


In order to protect our urban forests, Montreal West’s tree by-law requires that you get authorization from the Town Urban Planner in order to cut down any tree on private property with a diameter of more than 10 cm at a height of 25 cm from the ground. The permit, which is free, will be granted if the tree is diseased, endangering the foundation of your home, or presents a public security hazard. Any contravention of this by-law is punishable by a fine.

 

You are encouraged to replace any tree that is cut down with a non-invasive species. Trees that are not recommended due to extensive root systems are quaking aspen, white poplar, Lombardy poplar, black cottonwood, willow, silver maple and American elm. For more information it is suggested that you consult an arborist or a forest engineer.


To request a tree removal permit, please contact the Town’s Urban Planner, Vlad Florea-Archir, by phone at (514) 481-8126 or by email at vfloreaarchir@montreal-west.ca.

 


 


Waste

Collection Days

Garbage

Organic Waste

Recycling

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

Household Hazardous Waste


Public Works is in charge of managing the Town’s waste, including garbage, organic waste, recycling, and household hazardous waste materials. Check out our Waste Wizard above to quickly discover where your waste should go! You may also click here to download a complete and printable document detailing waste distribution.

Uncollected garbage, recycling, or compost complaints should be addressed to Public Works. Please provide your address and ensure that your bin is left out by curbside; it will be picked up the following business day.

Although garbage bins are the responsibility of the resident, recycling and compost bins are provided by the Town. If you are a new resident to the Town or your existing recycling or compost bin is broken, please contact Christopher Kearney by phone at 514-484-1976 or by email at ckearney@montreal-west.ca.

Residents have a choice between an 80L and 240L bin for organic waste and a 120 L, 240 L, or 360 L bin for recycling.


Please note that bin storage between collections is regulated by the Zoning by-law: garbage bins may not be kept in the front yard. The only exception is for contiguous dwellings (townhouses) where bins may be kept in the front yard provided that they are hidden from view by landscaping, a sleeper wall, or a fence. Additionally, if you choose to store your bins outside, the bins must be kept in your side yard or backyard at a minimum distance of 1 metre from any adjoining property line.
 

Collection Days

Garbage

What is considered garbage?

Regular garbage is defined as normal household waste as well as any household item such as fridges, stoves, sofas, etc. Construction material, large branches, as well as permanent household fixtures (sinks, toilets, etc.) require a special pickup.

When is garbage collected?

Regular garbage is collected every Friday starting at 7:00 AM.

As of what time can I put my garbage bin(s) out?

Garbage bins can be placed out by curbside as of 9:00 PM the night before pickup. Any items in bags, however, must be put out on Friday morning after 6:00 AM.


All bins must be pulled back no later than 7:00 PM on collection day.

Does the town provide residents with garbage bins?

Residents are responsible for purchasing their own garbage bins. However, residents should ensure that their bin has a “prise européene” or risk their garbage not being picked up (see the diagram below). If the bin cannot be picked up by a mechanical arm, the contents cannot exceed 50lbs in weight.

What is ‘special pickup’?

Special pickup is a paid service the Town provides to collect items prohibited in regular garbage pickup, including construction material, large branches (greater than 2 centimeters in diameter and 1 meter in length), as well as permanent household fixtures (sinks, toilets, etc.). You can request a special pickup by contacting Public Works.

Please place all materials out by curbside before contacting Public Works; all construction materials must be placed in durable construction bags and cannot exceed 35 pounds each.

Residents can also bring their items to an ecocentre free of charge (see Household Hazardous Waste for information on the location and use of Montreal’s ecocentres).

How much does it cost?

After making a special pickup request, a Public Works representative will then evaluate the cost of the pickup based on the type and volume of materials.

Please note that there is a minimum charge of $20 for all pickups.

Where do I pay for my special pickup?

If you are home when the estimation takes place, you can pay the Public Works representative directly by cheque (payable to the Town of Montreal West). Otherwise, payment can be made by cash, cheque, or debit at Town Hall.

What materials do not qualify for special pickup?

Public Works will not collect tires, paints, solvents, or other hazardous materials (see What is household hazardous waste) or loose soil, earth, rocks, etc.

On which days do special pickups take place?

Special pickups usually take place from Tuesday to Thursday between 7:30 AM and 3:30 PM.

Organic Waste

What is organic waste?

Organic waste predominantly kitchen waste and green waste:

  • Kitchen waste

    • Fruits and vegetables

    • Milk products

    • Eggshells

    • fish and seafood

    • Meat and poultry (including bones)

    • Bread, pasta, and cereal products

    • Nutshells

    • Coffee grinds and tea bags

  • Green waste

    • Garden and yard waste

    • Weeds, twigs, leaves, thatch, mulch

    • Twigs and small branches from shrubs and hedges

  • Other waste

    • Non-waxed paper plates

    • Condiments

    • Soiled paper towels, tissues, and newspapers

    • Animal food

    • Non-plasticised flour packaging (pizza boxes, flour bags, etc.)


Non-compostable items include the following:


  • Dryer lint

  • Waxed paper

  • Soiled pet litter

  • Diapers and sanitary products

  • Textiles

  • Ceramic

Garbage


  • Glass

  • Metal

  • Plastic


Recycling

  • Big tree branches

  • Dead animals

  • Wood

Call Public Works

  •  

    Hazardous household waste

 

 

Ecocentre


When is organic waste collected?

Organic waste is collected every Tuesday starting at 7:00 AM.

As of what time can I put by organic waste bin out?

Bins can be placed out by curbside as of 9:00 PM the night before pickup. Please make sure the bin wheels are facing your house and the cover is firmly closed. Surplus Green Waste (leaves, clippings, etc.) can be placed in a paper bag and cardboard box, or in an empty garbage bin beside your organic waste bin on organic waste collection day.

All bins must be pulled back no later than 7:00 PM on collection day.

Can I use biodegradable organic waste bags?

Under no circumstance with plastic bags (including biodegradable, compostable, or others made of cornstarch) be accepted in organic waste pickup. The required paper bags can be purchased locally in grocery stores, hardware stores, and pharmacies.  

My organic waste bin broke; can I get a new one?

Yes. Please contact Christopher Kearney by phone at 514-484-1976 or by email at ckearney@montreal-west.ca to request a new organic waste bin.

Does the Town provide compost?

Yes. Once a year (usually in May), residents are able to pick up free compost. Quantities are limited and vary from year to year meaning pickup is on a first-come, first-served basis. Check back in January for more information on date and location.

Are Christmas trees picked up by the Town?

Yes. Christmas trees will be picked by Public Works free of change during the month of January. Christmas trees should be placed out by curbside.


Recycling

What is considered recyclable material?

Fibres, glass, metal, and plastics (EXCEPT #6) are considered recyclable material:

  • Fibres

    • Newspapers and magazines

    • Sheets of paper and envelopes

    • Unsoiled boxes from cereals, frozen foods, and laundry soap, shoe boxes, etc.

    • Cardboard tubes and rolls

    • Paper bags

    • Books

  • Glass

    • Clean bottles, flasks, and jars

  • Metal

    • Metal hangers

    • Clean metal cans

    • Unsoiled metal trays and foil

  • Plastic

    • Clean bottles from any liquids such as beverages, soap, yogurt, etc.

    • Shopping and dry-cleaning bags

    • Clean bags from food products

    • Any clean plastic packaging


Non-recyclable materials include the following:


  • Diapers

  • Photos

  • Broken toys

  • Drinking glasses and mirrors

  • Rubber

  • Chip bags and wax paper

  • Soiled or greasy paper or cardboard

  • Pipes, nails, and screws

  • Pots and pans

  • Pyrex and porcelain ceramics and dishes

  • CD/DVD and videocassette cases

  • PVC garden furniture

  • Styrofoam

  • Tarps (pool covers, awnings, etc.)

  • Plastic cling wrap (meat, cheese, or pate wrappers, etc.)

Garbage




  • Paint, solvents, pesticides, aerosol containers, etc.

  • Light bulbs

 

Ecocentre


When is recycling collected?

Recycling is collected every Tuesday starting at 7:00 AM.

 

As of what time can I put my recycling bin out?

Bins can be placed out by curbside as of 9:00 PM the night before pickup. Please make sure the bin is no more than 6ft from the street with wheels facing the house and 2ft free on all sides.

All bins must be pulled back no later than 7:00 PM on collection day.

 

Who do I contact in the case of uncollected recycling?

Missed recycling collection complaints should be addressed to Public Works. Please provide your address and ensure that your bin is left out by curbside; it will be picked up the following business day.


Reduce, Reuse, Recycle 3Rs:

A number of household items such as clothes, appliances, and electronics can be Recovered, Reused, or Recycled. For more information regarding where you can dispose of unwanted, damaged, or used materials please consult our Town’s Environment section.


Household Hazardous Waste

 

What is household hazardous waste?

Household Hazardous Waste is post-consumer waste that poses a threat to public health and the environment. This category includes paint, paint cans, batteries, aerosol 
cans, medication, vehicle batteries, fluorescent tubes, compact fluorescent bulbs, spent propane canisters, chemicals, and electronic products (e-waste).

 

When does household hazardous waste collection take place?

Hazardous waste can be dropped off at Public Works (250 Bedbrook) on designated drop-off days. Drop-offs occur once per year, typically in late May. Check back in March for more information.

Please do not include alkaline batteries or cellphones. These items can be dropped off at Town Hall in the collection basket just inside the main entrance.

To drop-off items any other day, please go to one of Montreal’s ecocentres.

 

Where is the nearest ecocentre?

Écocentre Lasalle: 7272 St. Patrick

Écocentre Côte-des-Neiges: 6925 Côte-des-Neiges

April 15 to October 14,

Open Monday to Sunday from 8:00 AM to 6:00 PM

October 15 to April 14,

Open Tuesday to Saturday from 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM

Closed Sunday and Monday

Click here for a map of all ecocentre locations across Montreal.

Who has access to ecocentres?

All residents of the island of Montreal have access to the ecocentres, regardless of their original district. Access is free with proof of Montreal residence and ID.

Accepted proofs of residence include,

  • Current year tax account

  • Invoices/bills with address

  • Driver’s license

  • Lease


NOTE: The number of required identification may vary from one ecocentre to another. It is preferable to present two pieces of identification showing the same address, one with a photograph.


 






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