Mun. of Pontiac council notes

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Mo Laidlaw

MUNICIPALITY OF PONTIAC – The monthly meeting of Pontiac municipal council was held on May 14, 2022 in the Luskville community centre. About 10 members of the public attended. Councillor Caryl McCann was absent; Mario Allen, the interim Director General was present.

The question about maintenance of private roads was once again raised by a resident. Mayor Roger Larose and Councillor Laforest explained about the ultimatum received from
the Municipal Integrity and Investigations Commissioner of the Ministry of Municipal Affairs in April: it is illegal for the municipality to pay for or carry out work on private roads. The mayor said that FRAPP (the umbrella group for all the private road associations) must find a solution to the problem.

Another resident asked if the Breckenridge Fire Hall would be available again for public use as a community centre now that the well has been fixed. Mayor Larose said, “No, it is only for the use of the fire department.” He was then asked,

“Are there any plans for a community centre in Breckenridge, which has no school or church buildings for local use?” to which he replied: “Not for at least two years.”

Administration Fire Director Kevin Mansey resigned effective July and was thanked for his years of dedicated service. Human resources have been tasked with filling the position.

The Union des municipalités du Quebec (UMQ) has proposed to hire an insurance consultant for a municipal group purchase plan. Council adopted a resolution to allow UMQ to award a contract for the consultant on its behalf for one year, renewable for up to 5 years.

The Finance and Human Resources Director was nominated to respond to access to information requests until the Recreation, Community Life and Communications coordinator post is filled.

Diane Duval and Bernard Gélinas were added to the Environment Committee and Councillors Serge Laforest and Garry Dagenais were appointed to a newly created Public safety committee.

May expenses totalled $68,989 and council approved the purchase of 100 hours of legal advice from RPGL Avocats.

Public works

The contract with Services Sanitaires Lanthier, for garbage and recycling pick-up was extended for one year from August. It was agreed to pay Entreprises GNP Inc $9,300 for additions to the chemin de la Montagne contract. Jason Hynes won the contract to pave two sections of chemin de la Baie damaged during house construction, for $7,225. (The other bid was $20,790.) An employee is receiving truck-driver training at a cost of $5,000, which will allow him to access more advanced training. The municipality will reimburse him for this on successful completion, provided he agrees to continue working for the municipality for two more years, or repay the amount received from Pontiac. Three-day labourers have been hired. Two students were hired under the Canada Summer jobs program, for 10 weeks at $16/hour, 35 hours/wk. Another Public works employee has resigned and was thanked for his years of dedicated service.

Planning

The Environment Committee was given the mandate to report to council before October on various options for a composting program. Two applications to the CPTAQ (Commission to protect farm land) were supported by the council: 1900 chemin de la Montagne, to replace an existing house, and 1976 chemin du Lac-des-Loups, to enlarge an existing sand pit. Two requests for minor variances in Breckenridge were approved: 24 chemin Asaret, where a secondary building is 14 cm too close to the right side of the lot and an enclosed porch is 16 cm too close to the left side of the lot (built before receiving a building permit); and 16 côte McKay, to build a secondary building across the right of way from the main house.

Council approved the hiring of a building technician and an office clerk by the planning department.

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