You might say that some residents of Briarwood in Saskatoon are getting a little “tired” of the racket that seems to be prevalent in this prestigious area at all hours of the night.
Topping the list of noisy culprits was the city of Saskatoon who thought it was okay to run bobcats around the clock at a snow dump located just outside of the area. The trains which run along the East side of the area aren’t exactly singing a sweet lullaby either as they rip along the area’s border three to four times a night, blowing their whistles at full blast.
One can hardly blame Darryl Gerwing, one of Briarwood’s newest residents for being a little testy. He’s been awoken by the incessant noise every night, several times a night since he moved to Briarwood about three months ago. “If you have your windows open, you can get the train whistle two, three times a night,” Gerwing recently told a Star Phoenix reporter. “All hours of the night. It’s really loud.”
Gerwing has been in touch with Canadian Pacific Railways and has requested a “whistle cessation” for the crossing located at Eight Street and Zimmerman Road. Apparently, the city of Regina has such a policy in place and Gerwing obviously feels that there’s no good reason Saskatoon shouldn’t do the same. He’s right!
Gerwing has also been in touch with and expressed his concern surrounding activity at the snow dump to his city Councillor, Tiffany Paulsen who confirmed that the city has ceased operating at night as a result of the complaints and will relocate the snow dump to an area outside of city limits soon.
Mr. Gerwing, thank you for your efforts to bring about some peace and quiet in your area. Train noises are not new to the area and I’m sure your willingness to take this issue on is appreciated by your neighbours.
Briarwood is located along the southeast border of Saskatoon. Primarily developed after 1990, the area had the highest average selling price in Saskatoon through 2005.
Royal LePage Vidorra