Pontiac council report —- More firefighters, building technician hired, gym moves to Community Centre

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Mo Laidlaw
MUNICIPALITY OF PONTIAC – Council held their regular meeting on September 8 by online conference where they changed the procedure for public questions. Questioners must attend the online conference to ask their questions, not send them via email.
Eight new volunteer firefighters joined the department: Olivier Thibeault, Daniel Johnson, Nicolas Bastien, Jason Flint, Allan Emmerson, Damien Laderoute, Jean-Claude Beaucher and Katrina Dubeau. All except the first three will have to complete their Firefighter 1 training by December 2021. The agreement with Bristol Fire Department for mutual assistance has been updated.
—- Public works
Nugent Construction was the only tender received for snow clearing sector F for the next 4 years. They were awarded the contract for $593,047. Sector F includes municipal roads in most of Luskville from ch Pères-Dominicains to Kennedy Road, but not including Kennedy. Nugent previously held the last contract for sector F: $321,010 for 4 years, awarded in 2016.
QDI was awarded the contract to supervise the $2 million work on ch de la Montagne for $85,000. Municipal administration will award a contract for quality control of materials for a maximum of $50,000.
Pavage Robillard won the contract for paving small sections of McCann, Saint-Georges, de la Baie and Dubois roads, for $67,635 plus tax.
A branch cutter and hitch will be bought from MP Farm for $24,725 to allow the municipal tractor to carry out better brush clearing.
—– Planning
Isabelle Rondeau was hired as a building technician. Her duties will include issuing permits, inspecting septic systems, ensuring the free flow of water in ditches, and arbitrating disagreements about common fences and ditches in the farm zone.
The municipality was asked to support CREDDO, who proposes to carry out a study to better understand flooding and adapt the future use of the shoreline under the Ministry of Environment’s Action-Climat program. This will be done in partnership with design studio Manda Works and TD Park People /Amis des Parcs. Council agreed to contribute in kind (municipal workers and equipment, not cash).
The municipality will support the local farmers’ union in sensitizing the Ministry of Forestry (MFFP) and the Environment (MELCCC) about the urgency of cultivating maple sugar bushes on public land and protecting the maple potential of forests.
—- Use of municipal buildings in Quyon
The regional food bank, Le Grenier des Collines, needs more space because of the pandemic and local needs, so they will rent the Women’s Institute building for two days a week for 5 years. They hope to increase their supply of goods by partnering with local farms, dépanneurs and citizens.
La Maison de la Famille (LMF) needs more space for fitness activities and hopes to encourage use of the park adjacent to the Quyon Community centre. There will be free access for municipal firefighters and a retired soccer player will organize activities and provide information to visitors and locals. A majority agreed LMF can use one room in the Centre for 5 years as a gym, upon signing a rental agreement.
A grant application will be made to the Fonds régions et ruralité to use the kitchen in the Quyon Community Centre to increase local food supply and develop local food production businesses.
—- Culture
As part of the continuing De Collines et d’Eau route project, panels interpreting local heritage will be installed in Quyon and Breckenridge; $10,700 will come from the CLD and the municipality will contribute a minimum of $3,000 plus tax.
As part of the municipality’s support for community organizations, branch 231 of the Royal Canadian Legion will be granted $2,500 in emergency funding. The Legion is not eligible for federal emergency funds.
The English version of the report can be found online at www.pontiacjournal.com.