Pontiac Council Report

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Mo Laidlaw

MUNICIPALITY OF PONTIAC – The Municipality of Pontiac’s monthly council meeting was held January 23 at the Luskville Community Centre; three residents attended.

Administration
Bylaw 01-24 establishing tax rates for 2024 was passed. The residential tax rate per $100 of property value is 0.6081 and 1.218 for businesses. Services like recycling and garbage pick-up and in Quyon, drinking water and sewage, are extra.

Several contracts were awarded for services in 2024 (tax not included): Legal services from RPGL Avocats: 97.5 hours; legal services from DHC Avocats, a bank of 40 hours; services from PMB Huissiers de justice, a maximum of $25,000; planning services from Cardo Urbanisme, a bank of 20 hours; for the Quyon and Luskville parks development project, A4 Architecture+Design, $20,000 based on a bank of hours, and Loisir Sport Outaouais, $12,500; biological advice on various road and urban planning projects, AP Enviro-conseil, $9,900 (90 hours); appraisals from Société d’évaluation immobilière de l’Outaouais, max $3,500; and staff training by PG Solutions, $2,565.

Draft bylaw 02-24 regarding agreements between residents and the municipality on municipal infrastructure work and cost sharing was tabled.

Council confirmed to the Ministry of Transport that they will use the remaining local roads grant (PAVL) on eligible work, with work already done on Braun, Hammond, Wilson, Rivière, Elm, Beaudoin, 3rd, 5th, and 6th Concessions, and Proven.

The municipality’s share (10%) of the Pontiac housing office’s deficit for 2023 is $4,001.

A law student from the University of Ottawa will provide volunteer legal assistance to citizens, as part of the U of O’s community involvement learning program.

Public works
The best offer received through SÉAO to buy an excavator was from Empire for $165,179 including tax.

Managers of the drinking water and sewage plants were asked to provide administration details with a report on their potential capacity, including the network and pumping stations.

Planning
Draft bylaw 03-24 on maintaining buildings was tabled to control dilapidated buildings.

Two “flood lots” owned by the municipality will be leased to neighbouring owners on Du Ruisseau and Saphir roads.

A 1.6 km recreational trail on the former rail-line between Terry-Fox and Sumac roads will be created as planned, at the developers’ requests.

DHC Avocats were mandated to continue legal proceedings in the Superior Court against the owner of a cottage at 217 Cedarvale road, which should be demolished.

See the online minutes for full details of new bylaws including tax rates.