Pontiac council holds final meeting

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Mo Laidlaw

MUNICIPALITY OF PONTIAC – The current Pontiac council held its final meeting, October 5 via ZOOM, with over 10 members of the public joining in.
Public works
A grant was requested from the local road assistance program (PAVL) for repairs to Murray and Clarendon roads.
Extra costs of $24,000 plus tax were awarded to GNP for completing the ch. de la Montagne project. This will be paid using a road work borrowing bylaw and Ministry of Transport Quebec (MTQ) grant.
A 300 m section of Steele Line deteriorated recently so QDI was awarded the contract to prepare plans and specifications and supervise resurfacing for $14,500 plus tax. Public works has excavated clay at this location and added gravel. Pavage Gadbois won the bid for paving, for $75,600 plus tax.
A grant was requested from the MTQ to develop a road safety plan.
Planning
Part of Mohr Road (south of River Road) will be sold to Charles Dickson, owner of 7351 ch River, for $1 plus fees and taxes. This road is the driveway for his house and he has maintained it for years assuming it to be his driveway.
A lot at 2101 ch Beaudoin, which the municipality acquired last year at the sale for non-payment of taxes, was transferred to the private domain and will be put up for sale.
There were two requests to the CPTAQ for properties on farmland: the farm at 2412 Lac des Loups requested permission to operate a sandpit on 5.7 ha for 10 years (council supported); and the owner of 6867 ch River wants to subdivide her 2 acre property, but the frontage is only 47 m (45 m minimum) and the new lot size of 3035 m2 is smaller than the norm of 3700 m2 (council didn’t support).
A second draft bylaw modifying the zoning bylaw was adopted, clarifying that mini-storage units will be allowed in the Luskville commercial zone.
Administration
The accounting firm Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton will provide support in preparing the budget and finalizing the 2021 accounts for $21,000 plus tax during the extended absence of the municipality’s finance director, who is caring for a family member.
Pontiac is being sued by a property owner whose property was sold for non-payment of taxes (to cancel the sale). PFD Avocats was mandated to represent the municipality.
The cost of wheelie bins for garbage will be increased by 5% to cover repairs to lids and wheels, and administration.
Expenses approved
The following were approved: $46,463 plus tax to Tall Advanced Separation Systems for membranes for the Quyon water treatment plant (funded through the gas tax program); $43,777 to Agora for buying and installing rink boards at the Luskville park; $19,366 to Traffic Logix for six radar speed indicators (MTQ grant requested); $12,647 to Christian Lauzon for maintaining the Davis Park ice rink this winter (public works will continue to maintain the Quyon and Luskville rinks); $6,283 to the Municipal Housing Office (OMH) in Quyon; and $1,365 to Les Blés d’Or to support its efforts in the community.
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