Needs for community infrastructure

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In January and March 2015, Pontiac council passed resolutions for a study of community buildings and infrastructure needs, costing a maximum of $12,000, and to “define exactly where the needs are”, “for the whole of its territory”.

In January and March 2015, Pontiac council passed resolutions for a study of community buildings and infrastructure needs, costing a maximum of $12,000, and to “define exactly where the needs are”, “for the whole of its territory”.
The result was the “Cousineau report”, dated July 2015, well summed up by its title, “Analysis of the needs for construction of a new community centre in the Quyon
sector”. This describes what we all know is wrong with the former army hut at the end of rue Ferry, also known as the Lions Club Hall or Beach Barn, and lists some of the organizations that could use a new, two storey, 11,000 sq. foot waterfront building in Quyon.
Perhaps because the Quebec municipalities infrastructure program (PIQM) just turned down the proposal for a $2.5 million building for a second time, despite this study, the municipality put the Cousineau report up on its website on March 18
this year.
The article in the March 23 edition of the Journal (pages 39 & 40) quotes Mayor Roger Larose saying, “We have a precise idea of what the needs of the community are, thanks to the Cousineau study.” Unfortunately we don’t; only the needs of Quyon residents (13% of the municipality) and perhaps those who live in the west end of the municipality, were studied. 
Quyon doesn’t need and cannot afford a community centre of this scale and I doubt the rest of the municipality wants to pay for it. Quyon already has a second community centre, the Bert Kennedy Centre, with a complete kitchen and large meeting room. Gavan’s Hotel may already be suffering from the presence of two community centres that can be rented cheaply and where alcohol can be sold at a rebate – not good for local business and employment.
It would be interesting to know what the needs of the whole municipality are –
perhaps new toilets are needed in the community centre in Luskville; a larger community centre with a kitchen, and a library in Breckenridge; more parks; one or more beach or boat launch access points; an arena so hockey kids don’t need to be driven to Shawville; a swimming pool; a medical centre; an English primary school in the east end; a high school?

Mo Laidlaw
BRECKENRIDGE, PONTIAC