Pontiac Council Report Country Fair to be held in October

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Mo Laidlaw
Local Journalism Initiative

MUNICIPALITY OF PONTIAC – Only five residents attended the monthly council meeting, September 12 at the Luskville Community Centre.

Former councillor Scott McDonald asked how much the municipal garbage truck cost compared to the cost of the pickup contract ($200K vs. $800K – the municipality also hired three new employees).

Public works
Bylaw 9-23 was tabled to replace bylaw 10-16 on garbage and recycling collection and bylaw 10-23  was tabled to replace bylaw 8-23 (adopted last month) on “light maintenance on private roads open to the public by tolerance.” Some additions were made, such as including replacement of culverts.

The acting director general and mayor were authorized to sign a Memorandum of Understanding with the Domaine des Chutes developer. Two requests to La Toponymie du Québec to approve names for two new roads in Phase 2 were passed. Both names are associated with rock climbing: ch du Mousqueton (carabiner in English), and ch de l’Escalade.

Réjean Martineau was hired as a truck driver after Michel Larivière departed.

Planning
A proposal on selling or renting land acquired following the 2017 and 2019 floods only applies to a few lots. For example the owner of a “cottage lot” may want to acquire enough area to comply with current planning bylaws or to install a septic system. The public works director will post public notices on lots for saleor rent for at least 30 days before an agreement is made between the municipality and lot owners.

Cardo Urbanisme was given a $4,500 contract to prepare a bylaw to approve projects that respect the objectives of the Urban Plan, but don’t comply with planning bylaws (such as cottages on tiny lots, subdivided before the planning bylaws were passed).

Other
Council awarded $35,000 to the Leisure committee for the 2024 Pontiac Country (music) Festival (Festival Country de Pontiac), and funds were provided for the Pontiac Country Fair, (Foire Champêtre de Pontiac), to take place in October.

The assistant director general was authorized to refine the agreement with La Pêche on sharing fire protection services, equipment and material.

The MRC assessment roll as of September 1 was tabled.