Highlights from Bristol council Waste tonnage, WIFI access, and mutual aid agreement

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Deborah Powell

BRISTOL – Bristol Council held their regular meeting, November 3. Questions and comments from ratepayers in attendance included positive feedback on the new
light fixtures at the pier, congratulations to all involved in the Bristol Dryland Dog Races and a question concerning the lack of promised WIFI access from the Picanoc tower at the pier.

Deborah Powell

BRISTOL – Bristol Council held their regular meeting, November 3. Questions and comments from ratepayers in attendance included positive feedback on the new
light fixtures at the pier, congratulations to all involved in the Bristol Dryland Dog Races and a question concerning the lack of promised WIFI access from the Picanoc tower at the pier.
Correspondence and motions included bids for the supply of fuels, and the need for another proposal to the Municipality of Pontiac requesting a mutual aid agreement in order to comply with the Fire Safety Cover Plan; previous requests were not answered so a one month time limit was placed on the new
proposal.
“Received” items included a request for
support from the Pontiac Artists’ Association where councillors agreed to make a $60 donation, and a letter from a ratepayer expressing concern over the lack of high-speed internet access in Norway Bay.
Regarding the MRC Pontiac waste tonnage report, councillor Greg Graham wondered why the quantities for Bristol were so high and if further information, such as how much more waste is picked up in summer months compared to
winter, could be compiled. Mayor Brent Orr
commented that Bristol accepts large items for disposal at no cost, and while this could add to the
tonnage, it was better than having the items end up in the ditch. 
Notice was also received from the MRC about the “Winter Fun” Outaouais Outdoor Challenge that will run from January 21 to March 11, 2015. Last winter, Bristol won 22 pairs of snowshoes thanks to a number of well-attended outdoor winter activities organized by the Bristol Community Association, Ski Pontiac, and Pine Lodge.
Two Norway Bay property owners were in
attendance in response to notices they received
concerning construction irregularities; one recently received warning of a
possible $300 fine for building a fence without a permit. He explained the structure was not a fence, being 25 feet away from the property line, but was intended as a “bouncing wall” for his grandchildren to play ball sports in the yard. The other property owner had received notice that his new cottage was too close to the water, although he claimed
to have respected the
building permit obtained in 2012. Both cases will be examined further.
For privacy protection purposes, items sent out to property owners will only be identified by tax roll numbers on the council meeting agenda instead of by range and lot numbers as is done in other municipalities across Quebec.
A new streetlight will be installed for free by Hydro Quebec on the 5th line in response to
council’s request and the ’79 International fire truck was successfully sold; money from the sale will be put towards truck chains.