Pontiac council report Drainage study needed before Hwy 148 is widened

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Mo Laidlaw

MUNICIPALITY OF PONTIAC – The municipality held their regular council, May 12, at the Breckenridge Fire Hall. As well as the mayor and councillors, Benedikt Kuhn, Dominic Labrie and Ginette Chévrier-Bottrill, municipal administrators, were present. 

Mo Laidlaw

MUNICIPALITY OF PONTIAC – The municipality held their regular council, May 12, at the Breckenridge Fire Hall. As well as the mayor and councillors, Benedikt Kuhn, Dominic Labrie and Ginette Chévrier-Bottrill, municipal administrators, were present. 
The municipality has received a grant from the CLD des Collines for PALSIS (Plan d’Action Local pour la Solidarité et l’Inclusion Sociale); they intend to use this grant to hire a community development officer. An Environmental Engineering
student will be hired to identify septic systems for $10.55/hr for a maximum of 227.5 hours. A Federal grant of 50% is available to pay for this.
The widening of Highway 148 between Maple and Terry Fox Roads (in 2016) is expected to have a negative impact on drainage downstream of the project, i.e. towards the river. The Ministry of Transport (MTQ) has agreed to carry out an engineering study to mitigate the impact of this
by prioritizing and resolving problems that cause damage to private property or municipal infrastructure. MTQ must provide plans to the municipality before the work is carried out, and pay the costs of the study, of any work resulting from the road work, and all costs on private land including improvements. A resolution was passed to approve the agreement.
A majority of council supported a request to the CPTAQ to allow two
residences to be built on two lots at 1922 ch de la Montagne, described as being “in the heart of a residential development”, but with farmland on both sides. Councillors Dubé and Amyotte voted against.
A bylaw authorizing a loan of $2 million over 20 years for road work was passed
by a majority.
Tolerance roads will be graded by the municipal grader (where possible) when it is in the area. Ditches will also be cleaned as part of a four year program to help manage runoff. Road association members will be invoiced for these services. This was passed by a majority. Councillors Howard and Middlemiss didn’t want members to be invoiced and voted against it.
As the Champion 1996 grader needs repairs that will take a few weeks, a grader will be rented from Robert Erwin Transport Inc for $60 per hour used. 
The following were approved: for April, invoices amounting to $26,979 and fixed expenses of $284,759; $51,092 in incurred expenses for May; $20,136.80 to Jambette to buy and install a play structure in Parc Bellevue; $2,873.23 to Multi-Jeux Marlin to install a play structure in Parc des Hirondelles; and $5,113 for the 2015
municipal contribution to OMH (municipal
housing).