Pontiac council report – borrowing bylaws can proceed

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Mo Laidlaw


Mo Laidlaw

MUNICIPALITY OF PONTIAC – Over 33 people attended the regular council meeting on June 14 in Luskville. Citizens who wished to register their opposition to borrowing bylaws for the Quyon community centre and roads were able to do so until 7 pm on June 14, and the results were announced during the meeting: 144 people were against the $1.5 million for the Quyon Community Centre, and 78 were against the $2 million for phase 2 of ch de la Montagne and preliminary work on other roads. In both cases, 459 opposition votes (10% of electors) were required to cancel the bylaw
Public input
Lucia Arruda said insufficient notice and time was given for the registers,
especially for parents who work full-time. She asked if email voting could be allowed. Larose replied that the province makes the rules (the Québec Elections Act).
Fire department
L’École nationale des pompiers du Québec said Pontiac, with over 6,000
residents, requires a full-time director for their fire department. The Director General will prepare a job offer and the ÉNPQ will assist the municipality in selecting the Director.
Fees for garbage collection
The bylaw on the new fee structure for garbage collection was tabled. The annual minimum amount per residence will be $250 for one garbage bin ($175) and one recycling bin ($75). More bins (360L or 240L wheelie bins) or larger
containers will cost more. An identification system for bins will be introduced.
A bylaw was passed to regulate landfill, digging and excavation operations on shorelines, flood plains, slopes, and landslip areas, or those affecting neighbouring properties or altering surface drainage. Quarries authorized by the government and farms carrying out work authorized by the CPTAQ are exempt.
The new map of electoral districts was adopted, with Amyotte voting against.
Planning
The PIIA for Domaine des Chutes was adopted as well as the new zoning requirements (Zone 56 – no parking heavy trucks, no bed-and-breakfasts, no access from 148 or to NCC property, no tree cutting in specified areas, etc.).
The municipality requested the CPTAQ remove five lots from the agricultural zone, i.e. 3001
to 3021 Highway 148, and Council passed a resolution allowing the Ministry of Transport to put up signs indicating the “Les Chemins d’eau” route at no cost to the municipality.
After fruitless attempts to convince the owners of 68 ch de la Baie to conform to several urban planning bylaws and provincial laws, legal action will be taken against them.