Pontiac council approves $8 million budget

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Mo Laidlaw

Pontiac’s new council held its regular monthly meeting December 12 in Luskville’s Marcel Lavigne centre; about 15 residents attended.

——- Public questions

Mo Laidlaw

Pontiac’s new council held its regular monthly meeting December 12 in Luskville’s Marcel Lavigne centre; about 15 residents attended.

——- Public questions
Denis Papineau asked if properties acquired by the municipality following the floods are contamination-free — one of Quebec’s conditions before any indemnities are paid.

Roy Dagenais, representing residents of Eardley-Masham Road, requested a lower speed limit. Council agreed to request the Ministry of Transport (MTQ) reduce the speed limit to 70 km/h (from 80) and to install a solar light “at the guardrail”.

Rick Knox requested a summary of answers to public questions in the official minutes. He also questioned the rink-maintenance contracts.

    ean-Claude Carisse questioned rising snow ploughing cost and contract delays for Quyon.  A four-year contract, totalling $801,951 ($200,488 per year), was awarded to Mountainview Turf Farm at a special meeting, December 14.

Guy Desrosiers requested help in maintaining tolerance roads, following the floods.  Alain Goulet asked for better coordination with the snowmobile association before (for example) removing a culvert on the trail.

Expenses approved, included: (1) Invoices totalling $138,857 and fixed and pre-approved expenses of $952,608 for November, plus incurred expenses for December of $52,137 (Clr Draper-Maxsom voted against the December expenses);  (2) Three contracts, $8,945 each, for winter rinks at Soulière-Davis (Christian Lauzon), Luskville Recreation (Brent Mainville), and Quyon Recreation (David Scully) parks; and (3) $4,500 to Groupe Action Jeunesse for the Luskville school gym.

Since municipal management worked unpaid over-time around the 2017 floods, they will be allowed the same leave as unionized employees, December 25 to January 3 break, without using personal leave.

—- Planning and zoning
The contract for Inspector Maria Sahagun, Planning, was extended for three months to work on flood compensation and rehabilitation (maximum 286 hours at $36/h).

Three minor variances approved, CCU-recommended: 51 Pères Dominicains, side margins for existing porch and veranda; 123 Tourterelles, two lots joined, although the combined lot is smaller than allowed; 1125 Clarendon, a side margin of 0.4 metres for a garage.

—– Day camps and rink safety
Meghan Lewis, recreation coordinator, was authorized to apply for a $15,000 grant for school break and summer 2018 programs. She has also proposed safety rules and schedules for municipal rinks.

Council approved Cégép student Pierre Boran Prum as an unpaid intern at the water treatment plant for three weeks in January.

Council minutes, plus bylaws, are on the municipal website: www.municipalitepontiac.com; the Journal reports are archived at: www.heritagepontiac.ca/Municipality.