Municipality of Pontiac council report
-----New infrastructure funds, road woes

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Carl Hager
 
MUNICIPALITY OF PONTIAC - The municipality’s regular council meeting was held April 19 at the Luskville Community Centre with full quorum and 15 people in attendance.
 
Amber Walpole spoke about the deterioration of the western portion of Steele Line Road; repairs are planned for 2021. Eric Fletcher, who also lives on Steele Line, offered to allow the municipality to park their equipment on his land and spread earth from ditching on his fields to save on transportation costs. Aside from the potholes on the road, water is backing up on his and his neighbour’s land, creating swamp conditions before it finally flowing into Mohr Creek.
 
Kevin Brady asked when the Perras Report on Emergency Preparedness for the 2017 flood will be published and why councilors haven’t seen it after 15 months of waiting. Mayor Joanne Labadie said she is waiting on the English translation and that the French report will be available to the public.
 
Sheila McCrindle asked when and if council’s former resolution on door- to-door compost collection will be abrogated since the plan has been put on hold. Labadie said it will be done.
 
Amanda Tebo told council her toy poodle was killed by her neighbour’s Great Pyrenees, and that three weeks after the fact, the SPCA hadn’t responded with concrete solutions or enforced bylaws; she said she is afraid to let her three young children play outdoors. Labadie said the issue was out of her hands, but that she would look into it.
 
Anita Trudeau said paved roads in her area were not scraped down to the pavement this winter as stated in the snow removal contract. She noted that no fines were issued to the snow removers, contrary to previous years.
 
Charlotte Laforest’s contract as interim Director General was extended by a month since the search for a new DG is still underway.
 
The Luskville Community Centre’s roof was replaced and the $136,000 cost was transferred out of the General Operating Budget. Labadie said funds from the increased Gas Tax ($250,000) will be added to the General Operating Budget.
 
Two new posts were opened in Urbanism, one for permits and inquiries and one for inspections. The municipality is also going to hire a person to prepare a plan for dealing with climate change to help them adapt to the future.
 
The mayor read a resolution regarding the abrogation of bylaws #17 and #18 regarding the maintenance of public peace and order to align the laws within the MRC, making it illegal to consume cannabis on municipal property.