MRC meeting Road maintenance challenges; Otter Lake mayor resigns

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Arnaud de la Salle

CAMPBELL’S BAY – The regular Council of Mayors meeting was held April 28, after the CDE Pontiac’s annual general meeting. The discussion focussed on the maintenance of roads in
the TNO; work will be

Arnaud de la Salle

CAMPBELL’S BAY – The regular Council of Mayors meeting was held April 28, after the CDE Pontiac’s annual general meeting. The discussion focussed on the maintenance of roads in
the TNO; work will be
postponed until the end of May after the thaw has passed. The MRC Pontiac will also wait for forestry companies to be finished their work in the area since the companies are required to repair the roads they use; this avoids doing the work twice, and wasting tax
payers’ dollars.
Mr. Labrecque from
the CREO also made a presentation regarding road maintenance on municipal roads after they have been used by forestry companies to transport timber; municipalities face high repair costs due to the extent of the damage. The MTQ (Ministry of Transport Quebec) offers financing programs to repair roads, but given that they haven’t been updated since 1993, the amounts awarded don’t adequately cover the costs. A report will be sent to the departments involved, namely the MTQ and the Ministry of Forests, Wildlife, and Parks, so they can
evaluate the road maintenance funding, while understanding the reasons for needing repair.  
During the meeting, Otter Lake Mayor Graham Hawley announced his
resignation for employment reasons.
MRC Pontiac Director General Remi Bertrand informed the Council that he was appointed to be a representative for forestry and mining issues within a FQM (Quebec federation of municipalities) commission that works closely with the provincial government.