Municipality of Pontiac: farm zoning, firetruck, road work

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Mo Laidlaw

MUNICIPALITY OF PONTIAC – About 20 people attended the municipality’s regular council meeting held October 14 at the Marcel Lavigne Community Centre in Luskville.
Public input

Mo Laidlaw

MUNICIPALITY OF PONTIAC – About 20 people attended the municipality’s regular council meeting held October 14 at the Marcel Lavigne Community Centre in Luskville.
Public input
Alain Larose asked council to make a resolution, about his problems with CPTAQ (reported in the September 24th and October 8 issues of the Pontiac Journal). Larose installed a residential   foundation on his land at Lac des Loups road near Highway 148, and sold another lot but was refused permission to build a       residence on farmland by CPTAQ; he claims the municipality made an error in giving him a building permit and should pay for his financial losses. Mayor Roger Larose (his brother) said the matter is with the municipal lawyer.
Mo Laidlaw asked if the Ecocentre accepts garden waste including brush, as this is not included in the list of accepted materials on the website. Larose said yes, and announced the Ecocentre will no longer accept bulky materials, such as mattresses and refrigerators, which should be put on the curb on    recycling day for pick up.
Loans for new fire truck
Three resolutions were passed arranging financing for the new pumper tanker truck. A temporary $350,000 line of credit from the Caisse populaire will be used until the loan with la Financière Banque Nationale is set up; payments will start in 2015 and will be $30,700 per year.
Four new volunteer   firefighters were hired: Simon Perras for the Breckenridge sector, and Nicolas Larose, Matthew Larose and Nathan Nault for the Quyon sector.
Changes to
municipal committees
The two infrastructure committees were merged and all members of council will be members; the     committee deals with municipal buildings, vehicles, roads, drinking water, sewage treatment plant and sewers, garbage, recycling, and protection of farmland, watercourses and wetlands.
The Community and Tourist development    committee has merged with the Economic Development Committee; Councillor Nancy Draper-Maxsom is the chair and Councillors Tom Howard and Denis Dubé are    members. Dubé replaces Councillor Inès Pontiroli as chair of the CCU (planning committee). A new public safety committee has   Councillor Howard as chair with mayor Larose and Councillor Middlemiss as members. Middlemiss will continue to be deputy mayor for another year.
Boulet housing
project in Quyon
The municipality will notify Boulet Construction that it will not accept a plan that does not include an access to Highway 148,   further east than that        initially proposed, as       discussed with the Ministry of Transport, André Fortin MNA, and the developers in August. This is to      allow access to a future            commercial development.
Road maintenance
The municipality is behind on repairs planned for 2014, and with only temporary engineering staff, has decided to        concentrate on re-doing chemin de la Montagne, paving the Lusk project, and improving Braun Rd. The remaining files will be carried to 2015 and will be re-evaluated; these include taking over Wilmer and Phare roads, and the     planning and repair of Pères-Dominicains and Tremblay roads.
Microburst damage
Hydro Québec replaced a hydro pole on Dion Rd that was broken during the July 1, 2014 storm, but refused to replace a street light that disappeared from the former pole; a new light will be installed by the municipality before winter for a maximum of $2,500.
John Lapierre offered to clean up fallen trees and branches at the municipal property at the intersection of Egan and Clarendon roads in exchange for        the wood. The offer         was accepted providing Lapierre has insurance and does not hold the        municipality responsible for any injury or damage.
Money matters
The following were approved: $34,370 in invoices for September; $597,499 in fixed expenses; $247,898 to Excavation Allen for snow removal for three winters (2014-2017) in the Quyon and South Onslow sector (E); $51,290 to numbered company 92069467 for snow removal for three winters from Quyon sidewalks; $44,095 to Nugent Construction for snow removal for three winters in the Lac des Loups sector (A); $750 to “our accounting firm” to validate the budget according to new accounting standards; and $149.07 to Groupe Action Jeunesse for invoice preparation.