Snow removal company has machines ‘vandalized’

In this Dec. 29, 2015 screen grab from Danny Brunet's Facebook page, two snow removal machines sit in a parking lot on Pitt Street in Cornwall, Ont. Clients of Brunet Snow Removal have been left in a sticky situation after Brunet says his company was vandalized Dec. 28, 2015. (Facebook via Newswatch Group)

CORNWALL – A Cornwall-based snow removal company is hurting on what could be characterized as the first bread and butter day of the season.

Clients of Brunet Snow Removal were left wondering when the plow tractors were coming to their door Tuesday at the height of a powerful winter storm, which is dumping up to 35 centimeters (14 inches) of snow on the region.

The company’s website, which is a subsidiary of Brunet Excavation, lists Bill Gagnon and Dan Brunet as contacts.

When contacted by Cornwall Newswatch, a phone number registered to co-owner Dan Brunet had a lengthy voice mail message, noting the situation the company was facing.

“We had vandalism to our machines this morning so now we’re behind. We have one tractor out. The other ones almost out, up and ready. We do apologize…I know it doesn’t make up for the snow in your driveway,” the message said.

Brunet’s voice mail indicates the company is trying to hire subcontractors to finish their work.

As for clients in dire straights, “you find somebody on the road that will do your snow (plowing), and flag them down and have to pay them, keep record of it and I’ll reimburse you for that if you really need to get out,” the message said.

When called Monday afternoon, Bill Gagnon’s number went straight to voice mail where the mailbox was full.

Information on the nature and how much damage was not immediately available from Cornwall police.

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