Bristol Council Tax non-payment limit increased, zoning changes passed

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Deb Powel

Bristol Council held its regular meeting on Monday, January 5; there were no
questions from the public. The first motion of the evening was to double the amount for unpaid property taxes, from $300 to $600, before it is listed for sale by the

Deb Powel

Bristol Council held its regular meeting on Monday, January 5; there were no
questions from the public. The first motion of the evening was to double the amount for unpaid property taxes, from $300 to $600, before it is listed for sale by the
municipality for non-payment. Property owners have until February 13 to pay their taxes or the property will be listed for sale on May 14.
Rezoning by-law # 303, allowing
commercial recycling of vehicles on 15 acres immediately west of Bristol Village, was passed. The by-law, supported by the MRC, will now go to the CPTAQ for approval as the land in question is currently zoned for agriculture.
Provisions in the “Act to Preserve Agricultural Land and Agricultural Activities” allow the MRC to apply to the CPTAQ to determine in which cases and under which conditions new uses of land for residential purposes may be introduced in an agricultural zone, while respecting agricultural development and encouraging active land use; this is call an “application of collective scope”. Agreement from all municipalities in the MRC is part of the application; a motion in support of this was passed. 
Items under “received” included waste tonnage for November, the winter contract from the Ministry of Transport (MTQ) for the snowplowing Bristol does on certain roads as well as the MTQ grant for
municipal road improvement. The list of shares paid by municipalities to the MRC was also received and it was noted that Bristol is the third largest contributor.
Items under “sent out” included two statements of offence to the Court House in Campbell’s Bay, notices of construction without a permit, debris on property, demolition without a permit and an update to Pine Lodge regarding ongoing negotiations.
Under “questions under study or
unfinished”, the issue of the non-
operational WiFi service at the tower on the pier in Norway Bay was raised. Frustration was expressed at the slowness of response on the part of the company responsible, Réseau Picanoc.net. It was suggested that the company be informed that the tower would be removed by the end of the month if technical issues were not resolved.
A motion was made to forward questions from the Elections Committee, which has been looking at voting procedures in the municipality, to Elections Quebec.
Under “items from members of council”, Councillor Philip Holmes requested a resolution to apply to the Environment Ministry for permission to put sand on the public beach and right-of-ways as well as to build a storage structure for kayaks at the beach. Councillor Holmes was also given the go-ahead to hire lifeguards for the
summer season at the Norway Bay Beach.