Pontiac council report

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Mo Laidlaw

MUNICIPALITY OF PONTIAC – Pontiac council held its regular monthly meeting, August 24 via teleconference. About 10 members of the public joined.
Public input
Wendy Ryan emailed questions about lots the municipality acquired in Plage Bélisle following the floods. She’s concerned about ragweed that isn’t cut and people using municipal lots for unauthorized storage. Mayor Joanne Labadie replied that when she inspected (the day before), there was little ragweed as neighbours had already cut the weeds. The municipality doesn’t own a mower and contracts out grass cutting.
Marie-Anne Davis asked why council meetings are still being held on ZOOM. Labadie said in-person meetings are better, but COVID infection numbers are increasing daily and many
of the people who attend the meetings are over 65, so at higher risk. Municipal Affairs directives are being followed.
Vanessa Galpin asked: “What is considered a priority? There are potholes on Clarendon in Quyon, stop signs and speed signs are needed near the ferry.” Labadie explained that the triennial budget is decided every year in November by the councillors and mayor. Sometimes there are changes due to unexpected events like floods and tornadoes. Clarendon, Murray and Pontiac roads are due to be fixed next year.
Administration
Yves Jacques Savard was hired as director of finance for 12 months and Ouafaa Ettahri was hired as a level 1 office clerk on contract for 2 years.
A sale of properties for non-payment of taxes in MRC-des-Collines is scheduled for December 2. Pontiac will bid up to the amount owing plus interest and fees.
Because of the municipal elections on November 7, council meeting dates have changed to  October 5 and November 23.
Fire department
Councillor McDonald queried if it’s wise to pay up to $20,000 to Battleshield to repair an “old” fire truck with a faulty pump. Councillor Howard, a long-time volunteer firefighter, said a new pump will cost about $7,000, but other issues might be found. If fixed, the 2003 truck will have many years of useful life left, while a new truck would cost $500,000. Finally, the resolution was passed unanimously.
Planning
Council approved hiring a new planning inspector, Georges Apreutesei, as well as an inspector on a one year contract, Lisanne Couture-Dubé.
Council voted against the advice of the planning committee (CCU) and supported a request to the CPTAQ for 710 ch Tremblay to build a residence on 3762 m2 of already subdivided farm land, which according to the request is too wet for prime farmland.
There were three requests for minor variances:
The owners of 33 ch de la Rivière, a 3751 m2 lot, want to put a second entry on the main facade, for a bi-generational dwelling. The CCU refused: two-unit dwellings are not allowed in zone eight. Council accepted the variance on condition that the second door is on the side to avoid the appearance of a duplex, and the unit cannot become a rental in the future.
The owners of 123 croissant Bingley want to put a shed 3.6 m from the front margin, closer than the 10 m norm. Because this is at the end of a dead end and there are constraints due to trees and the flood zone, this was accepted.
The owner of 239 ch Cedarvale wants to put an attached garage 2 m from the side margin, while the norm is 5 m. This variance was accepted on condition that the garage never becomes habitable. Councillor Patry voted against.
Recreation
The mandate to install the lighting system at Luskville Recreation Park was awarded to Gannon Blackburn Electric Inc for $100,989 to be paid by the BlueJays grant and the Ministry of Education.
Lauriault Électrique won the contract to install LED lighting in the Luskville community centre for $9761.
The municipality donated $1,500 to the Pontiac Agricultural Society for the Shawville Fair.
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