MRC mayors meet in person

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Warden Jane Toller presents a check for $1,000 to Naomie Lusignan, accompanied by her father, at the March 16, 2022 meeting.

Justin Prest

BRYSON – MRC Pontiac’s mayors met at the Lions Club, on March 16th, for their first in-person monthly TNO & council meetings of 2022. The mayors, public, and attending press were spread out at safe distances from one another. Warden Jane Toller announced that broadcasts of public meetings, through Facebook Live, would continue in an effort to increase participation of residents by improving accessibility and convenience.

Council awarded $1,000 to Naomie Lusignan to represent the region at the Pan American & World Weightlifting Championships. “I’m very proud to live in the Pontiac,” she said. “It’s wonderful to have the support of my community. I’m very thankful for the support you’ve always given me.” The Pan-Am games have been postponed until the summer; the World games are slated for June.

Question period
Amy Taylor once again requested a poll of mayoral support for vaccine passports. Warden Toller explained that Council had voted, in December 2021, and at that time all supported the government’s regulations. She considered the question no longer relevant to the meeting, as the program has since been dropped.

Pat Goyette suggested a committee to “investigate and represent the citizens of the MRC Pontiac in a revision of our taxes.” Toller responded, “I don’t think we can ignore the concerns that some residents have. We will discuss a few things in April, at our plenary meeting.” She concluded that residents concerned about their property evaluations or taxes should approach the MRC or their local municipality.

Director General Bernard Roy announced, “employees are coming back in-person to the MRC Pontiac offices. Presently, 50% are working in the office and more will return in the very near future.”

TNO meeting
Manager of Territory Jason Durand submitted a Notice of Motion to modify zoning bylaw 155-2010 to create resort leases on Lac Clair and Lac Brock, both located North of Lac Dumont; details will be presented at the next meeting.

Financial matters
From the COVID-19 Financial Aid Fund, council set aside $327 for monthly rental costs of meeting halls for COVID, plenary, and council meetings, including twice-monthly internet upgrade fees; $1,600 for portable audio-visual equipment; three computers for inspectors (with extra batteries and stylus pens), $6,673; a concrete slab for the MRC’s new generator, $4,462; and repairs to MRC’s main entranceway, $9,449.

Council approved
the hiring of PVRH-Recruitment to fill two positions–a director and a technician–in the property assessment department. The firm will charge a fee of 22% of the annual salaries, a bonus totaling $25,000, and will provide a guarantee of 6 months.

All motions & resolutions were passed unanimously.