MRC Pontiac Mayors meet Lac Dumont access changed

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Allyson Beauregard

CAMPBELL’S BAY – MRC Pontiac mayors and members of the
public gathered for a Council of Mayors
meeting, January 27th. The main points on the agenda were discussions regarding the Lac Dumont beach access road, exclusive rights

Allyson Beauregard

CAMPBELL’S BAY – MRC Pontiac mayors and members of the
public gathered for a Council of Mayors
meeting, January 27th. The main points on the agenda were discussions regarding the Lac Dumont beach access road, exclusive rights
for an outfitter in the Lac Pepin area of the TNO (see page 9), and recent changes for the Pontiac’s fire departments (see page 8).
Lac Dumont access in
process of being closed
A recommendation was passed to ask the Ministry of Natural Resources to temporarily close the access
road leading to the Lac Dumont public beach. The requested closure is in response to ongoing public security and
environmental issues at the beach (reported on last fall). “We are
looking to close the access to an area where we’ve had a major
problem,” said Pontiac Warden and Mayor
of Fort-Coulonge, Raymond Durocher.
Although a lease for the area is pending for Colin Lachance, who would manage the beach area, both Lachance
and the municipality of Cayamant would like to see the public access road closed.
Regent Dugas, MRC Pontiac Director of Territory explained that, in response to fears that closing the road would limit local residents’ enjoyment of the lake, a public boat launch will be constructed in the Trout Bay area of the lake.  The launch will
use a road that already exists, near Otter Lake; funds from the TNO budget will be used to improve and maintain it.
“Having a lease for the beach will allow the law to be enforced; now people can be charged for trespassing,” said Mayor of Thorne, Terry Murdock. “But without a lease for the boat launch, which would allow the law to be enforced there as well, we will have
the same problem as before,” he concluded.
Other business
Once again, Durocher announced that he will be donating 10% of
his wages as warden
back to the community: $1,000 for the MRC Pontiac art collection, $1,000 for the Pontiac Scholarship Fund, $500 for the MRC and
Sûreté du Quebec golf
tournament, and $500 to Centraide Outaouais for their 2015 campaign.
Remi Bertrand,
MRC Pontiac Director General announced that the Fédération des travailleurs et travailleuses du Québec (FTQ) wish to continue funding the region, but that a new agreement must be signed; it will now be with the MRC and not the CLD. 
The next Council of Mayors meeting will
be held March 24;
a special meeting regarding waste management will take place March 10.