Westmount City Officials to Meet SNC-Lavalin over Noise Issues

Sources have confirmed that a delegation of Westmount city is anticipated to meet SNC-Lavalin officials next Tuesday in order to discuss ways to counter the noise levels produced at the McGill University Health Centre’s (MUHC) super hospital.

The city’s mayor, Peter Trent, mentioned on Tuesday that a recently-formed technical committee is mandated to update city officials on solutions to the noise level which Westmount’s sound engineer experts deemed beyond the limits allowable by its noise bylaw in July. Trent alleged that “we expect they’ll present to us concrete solutions.” It was appreciated that SNC-Lavalin agreed with the city over a mid-September meeting at the Notre-Dame-de-Grace-based hospital to exchange information at subsequent meetings. Trent revealed that “we agreed, since they were now prepared to work with us rather than be in denial of the noise at the beginning, we were prepared to give information.”

It was pointed out that the noise exceeded the limit last April when SNC-Lavalin began testing its cooling and ventilation systems, when the company officials alleged that it was only temporary and would be resolved once testing is completed. At the time, SNC-Lavalin’s spokesperson, Lilly Nguyen, alleged that “we are very happy to say that we are working hands on and are eager to resolve this situation as soon as possible,” whereas Trent responded by saying that he was “still a bit in a state of surprise that things would come to this.” Trent stressed that “this is going to be a hospital, not a factory…they should lead the way in having a quiet environment.”

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