LITCHFIELD – The MRC Pontiac held a special meeting, October 2, to prepare for a visit from Mathieu Lacombe, Minister of Families and Minister Responsible for the Outaouais Region. They also passed resolutions concerning the national park project in light of news that Mayor Serge Newberry (Ile-du-Grand-Calumet) owns land in the Lafontaine area, representing a potential conflict of interest (read more page 39).
Council brainstormed topics to bring to Lacombe’s attention when he meets the mayors at the Campbell’s Bay RA Hall, October 11. Priorities included economic development and jobs, communications (internet and cell phone), healthcare, competitiveness with Ontario, the cancelled PIIRL program for municipal road work, compensation for flooding and a study on its causes, and the importance of school boards, among others.
Toller also announced that the MRC’s resolution presented at the recent Fédération québécoise des municipalités (FQM) meeting, asking for an urgent independent inquiry into the dam management system in order to prevent problems in spring 2020, was adopted.
Without providing further details, Council also resolved to involve the FQM in a review and seek their advice on governance and administration at the MRC.