Another $1.5 million borrowed to fix roads.

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Mo Laidlaw

MUNICIPALITY OF PONTIAC – Council held its monthly meeting, May 9 at the Breckenridge fire hall, with eleven members of the public in attendance.

—- Public input

Henry Steiner feels animal control (SPCA) is harassing him, with four visits and threats of fines. He has four work dogs to protect 600 sheep, so they are not tied, and they occasionally go on the road to clean up road-kill. He asked for a special permit.

——- Public works

The umbrella borrowing bylaw for a $1.5 million loan for public works to repair Clarendon, Murray, Bronson-Bryant and other roads was adopted. Work will start on replacing the culvert on ch Bronson-Bryant with a contract awarded to A.J Environnement Inc. for an ecological study and requests to ministries for $15,470.

A $67,025 contract was awarded to Multi-Route for supplying and spreading dust suppressant in 2023.

——- Planning

Councillor Garry Dagenais was nominated as chair of the CCU (planning committee).

Xplore Inc. was granted a permit to erect a 45 m high-speed internet tower on a lot the Ministry of Transport owns at the east end of the four-lane (Heyworth).

The municipal eco-centre will be upgraded with an electrical connection.

Technical studies for a future municipal sand and gravel pit will be carried out by Bélanger Agro-Consultant.

A preliminary subdivision project for a 4.2 ha site accessible from 3302 Highway 148 (just east of Eardley Masham road) was approved. The parks contribution will be 10% of the value of the new lots created.

The Canadian Hazard Information service will install a seismic station at the Luskville municipal complex.

——- Public Safety

The municipal civil protection plan was updated to meet new ministry requirements as well as to cope with employee changes. Mayor Roger Larose is the spokesman and person designated for emergency measures, with Mario Allen as the municipal coordinator responsible for updating the plan and replacing people in charge as necessary.

Five new volunteer firefighters were hired: Emma Hurtubise, Justin Robillard, Nicholas Tassé, Kurt McLean and Samuel Maurier.

—– Administration

The contract with Morneau Sheppell to provide an Employee Assistance Program was renewed for 2 years.

A contract for managing communications including daily information for citizens was given to Miss Comm of Gatineau, for about $4,000 per month as needed.

DHC Avocats were retained for second opinions in a few files, for $500 per year.

Council resolved to adopt the 2007 UN declaration on the rights of indigenous people.

——–Recreation

Council authorized payment of $8,800 to the Shawville Arena for 61 registered users last winter.

Staff were hired for the day camp: Alexia Bélanger as coordinator and Kayla René de Cotret, Zoé Gendron, Chloé Paquette-Dicke, Alexanne Gendron and Madyson Belland as animators.