Pontiac council report – New council faces questions on Luskville Community Center and bad roads

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Mo Laidlaw

MUNICIPALITY OF PONTIAC – The new council’s first meeting was held November 21 at the Luskville Community Center, with over 30 members of the public in attendance.
Public input

Mo Laidlaw

MUNICIPALITY OF PONTIAC – The new council’s first meeting was held November 21 at the Luskville Community Center, with over 30 members of the public in attendance.
Public input
Diane Lacasse expressed concern about the poor condition of the Luskville Community Centre; broken chairs, dirty floor, electrical panel, mice, etc. Renters expect better, she said: “The kitchen is disgusting and often has to be cleaned before it is usable”. The contract to upgrade the washrooms was put out to a second tender by the previous council as the quotes were too high.
Lacasse also mentioned speeding drivers and the state of Westbrook Road; “The same holes appear every time it rains.” Benedikt Kuhn, the Director General, replied that record rainfall has affected many roads. Mayor Joanne Labadie said she is aware of the problems and is discussing priorities with Kuhn.
Sue Birt, treasurer of FRAPP, the umbrella organization of road associations, hopes to work with the municipality to find a solution to the tolerance
road problem. Labadie agreed and mentioned that the provincial government is not satisfied with the way tolerance roads have been handled in the past.
Carol Carpentier asked council to help improve river access for McKay subdivision residents. The original pedestrian right-of-way for residents was found to be
on private property and although Carpentier organized construction of a new access in the correct location, it is very steep. Labadie said she would look into the
situation.
The results of the study on the new boat launch to replace the one on Tremblay Road will be available soon and the domestic composting project will start soon for Quyon.
More flooded lots abandoned
The owners of seven more properties have accepted Public Security’s compensation to abandon their homes. Six are in Plage Bélisle (71, 84 and 113 ch Bord-de-l’Eau and 108,112 and 122 ch Bélisle) and the seventh is 11 ch Terry-Fox. This brings the total to 13 to date.
Rink maintenance
Ice rink contracts for Luskville Recreation Park and Soulière-Davis Park will be extended by one year, if the contractors agree, as there isn’t time to tender. The Quyon rink, recently acquired by the municipality, will also need to be maintained. The recreation and community life coordinator was mandated to propose contracts, up to a maximum of $27,000 for the three.
Other business
Philippe Charette, the developer of Domaine des Chutes, suggested naming the new road chemin de l’Aventure. The Commission de toponymie du Québec
will be asked to make this name official.
Council agreed to add insurance coverage for the Observatoire Pontiac project (located at the Lusk Falls picnic grounds) to the municipal insurance policy for three years.
Expenses
The following were approved: $9,000 for a new sander for municipal property; $145,000 for emergency repairs to Alary Road (after a provincial grant, the municipal contribution may be only $18,000); a maximum of $30,000 to R.H. Nugent Ltée for removing three times the estimated amount of rock for phase 2, lot 1 of rebuilding ch de la Montagne; and $25,000 for a transition allowance for
the former mayor, Roger Larose, to be paid in two instalments.