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Deborah Powell

BRISTOL – Council held their regular meeting, October 3.
A motion was passed accepting the $800 tender from Trevor Murdock for snow clearance at Firehall #2. Council agreed to change 911 service from the current provider, CLR, to the MRC des Collines starting in December 2017. A resolution was accepted to adopt the fire safety implementation plan.

Deborah Powell

BRISTOL – Council held their regular meeting, October 3.
A motion was passed accepting the $800 tender from Trevor Murdock for snow clearance at Firehall #2. Council agreed to change 911 service from the current provider, CLR, to the MRC des Collines starting in December 2017. A resolution was accepted to adopt the fire safety implementation plan.
Correspondence was received from the MRC requesting project submissions for the Territory Development Fund, whose goal is to create and maintain jobs and/or promote the revitalisation in the sectors of agriculture, forestry, tourism, business and services, community, culture and heritage.
A $50,000 grant for the improvement of municipal roads was received from the Ministry of Transport (MTQ). The funds must be spent by February 2017, so they will be put towards work already done this year. The MTQ also responded to council’s letter from January 29, 2016 regarding drainage problems at the corner of River and Bristol Road, saying unauthorized backfill in the service ditch is the source of the problem.
Council agreed to award one $300 bursary to a Bristol student graduating from Sieur-de-Coulonge secondary school. The Norway Bay Historical Society will offer a second bursary. A bursary will also be awarded to an eligible Bristol graduate at Pontiac High School and another student will receive the Louis Walsh award.
A resident of Pontiac Station spoke about the continuing safety and security problems caused by illegal use of the CN rail bed and gave details of correspondence and conversations he had with CN authorities. He said CN has returned the issue to their engineering group to seek a solution. The CN police constable also approached the SQ to see what could be done. Council agreed to send letters to the SQ and CN with copies to Will Amos and André Fortin.
A request for support for a project to protect Blanding’s turtle habitat was received from the Nature Conservancy of Canada. Council passed a motion to request more information on the project.