MUNICIPALITY OF PONTIAC – Council held its regular meeting, July 6 via teleconference. About 10 members of the public joined in.
Councillor Nancy Draper-Maxsom recently resigned due to moving. Mayor Joanne Labadie thanked her for her two terms of service.
—- Public input
Alain Henaff described a problem with ATVs driving on the shoreline of the Ottawa River. He’d like signs put up to state ATVs and dirt bikes aren’t allowed on beaches or shorelines to stop damage to the environment. Labadie explained that river banks are under the jurisdiction of the Ministry of Environment, which doesn’t allow signs to be put up. She will ask the MRC police to intervene.
With slightly less than 50% Anglophone residents, the municipality would be impacted by Bill 96, “An Act respecting French, the official and common language of Québec,” and lose its bilingual status. Council passed a motion to maintain its bilingual status and continue to offer services in both French and English
The acting director of infrastructure and public works has resigned. The position will be advertised.
Sophie Duval was hired as a janitor and to do maintenance for municipal buildings.
—- End of Curley Lake snowmobile trail
To avoid litigation costs, an agreement with the National Capital Commission concerning ch Lac Curley was reached and approved by a majority of council. In exchange for dropping claims to this trail, the municipality will receive $300,000 from the NCC to put into a fund for recreational trails.
In 1973, the road was designated a colonization road and became the property of the Québec government. In 1993 when the road was no longer maintained by the municipality or the government and not used as a public road, it became part of Gatineau Park. Since then, it has only been used seasonally for snowmobiling and parts are no longer suitable for motor vehicles. During the 2018 cadastral reform, title searches were carried out which indicated the road no longer existed. The 2021 Gatineau Park master plan prohibits any activity on the trail.
Municipal Affairs approved the agreement, but Councillors McDonald and Howard voted against it. Labadie voted for it, although there was already a majority in favour.
At the end of the meeting, Marie-Anne Larose asked about the snowmobile trail that had been on this route. Labadie said the local snowmobile club hadn’t attended meetings with the NCC about a replacement trail along Eardley-Masham Road for the last two years.
Council voted against the advice of the planning committee (CCU) to support the Lelièvre family’s request to the CPTAQ to allow residential use of the west half of croissant Lelièvre in Breckenridge, about 18 acres, which wasn’t completely subdivided before the law on protecting farmland came into force (between 1978 and 1981).
A majority supported requests to the CPTAQ to use farmland for telecommunications towers at 1 ch Chamberland and 3235 Rte. 148, with Councillor McDonald voting against it.
The estimate from Cima for installing the lighting system at Luskville Recreation Park was higher than expected and will be posted on the SÉAO website for tenders.
There will be a call for tenders to develop a tennis court (or multipurpose surface) at Fortin Park in Breckenridge in 2022.
The following expenses were approved: $1,604,904 to Pavage Coco for repairing ch Tremblay, with financial assistance requested from the Ministry of Transport; $25,017 to Armtec for a 1.8 m steel, polymer-coated culvert, 24 m long, for the intersection of Tremblay and Papineau roads; and a maximum of $19,000 added to the contract for managing invasive species for the Mountain Road project.