Pontiac council report: public river accesses needed

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Mo Laidlaw

MUNICIPALITY OF PONTIAC – Council held its regular meeting, June 8 via teleconference. About 10 members of the public joined in.
Public input
Wendy Ryan asked for an update on the plan for lots the municipality acquired due to flooding (many are in Plage Bélisle). “We have one resident who has been waiting since 2017 to buy an adjacent lot so he can update his septic system (ministry approved), but there’s no decision yet from the municipality. We have other residents who would like to buy and maintain some of the lots. The grass and noxious weeds on these lots are encouraging the breeding of mosquitoes and ticks,” she explained. Mayor Joanne Labadie replied that council is discussing this and waiting for advice from Municipal Affairs. “There’s been input from various residents, some of whom want these lots to remain public land. If lots
are put up for sale, they may have to be offered to everyone,” added Labadie.
Ryan also asked about plans for public access to the Ottawa River: “The lack of public access causes people to enter private beach communities looking for access to the river. Outsiders drive through our neighbourhood, often speeding, making it dangerous for children. The extra traffic causes more wear and tear on our private road, which we repair and maintain. Sometimes people from outside our community park their trucks, trailers, and boats here for the summer
season, blocking access for local residents. If the municipality maintained a couple of official access points to the river, at Tremblay and de la Sapinière, for example, this would help decrease the issues.”
Labadie explained that the Ministry of Environ-ment has jurisdiction over access to the Ottawa River. A new conforming launch ramp will be installed at the end of Tremblay, but in the meantime, the only public access is in Quyon, where the docks are presently inaccessible because the water level is unusually low. There is no public access at the end of de la Sapinière. She suggested private road associations put up signs indicating that there is no access to the river, no parking, etc.
Camille Beaufort asked further questions about de la Sapinière; whether gravel will be added, and problems with beavers causing flooding. Labadie replied that grading will be done and calcium spread to reduce dust. Permits are needed to deal with beavers, but public works is working on it.
Jean Amyotte and Marie-Anne Larose asked about the splash pad at Quyon Recreation Park; “Is this in the flood zone? What is the water source?” Labadie said it’s located in the 20 to 100 year flood zone, but the Ministry of the Environment and the manufacturer said this isn’t a problem. It will be paid for using part of a $67,000 grant from the Ministry of Education, with the municipality putting in an equal amount, mostly in labour. Municipal water is required, at a cost of about $2 to $3 a day.
Financial report and official name
The mayor gave a few highlights of the audited municipal financial report and said all Pontiçois/Pontiçoises will receive her presentation in the mail. This is the French name for residents of the municipality. A majority of councillors supported a request to the Commission de la toponymie to make this official. The English term Pontiacers may still be used unofficially.
Municipal elections
A list of fees to be paid to numerous election officials was approved. There will be polling stations in Quyon, Luskville and Breckenridge as well as one in Lac des Loups run by La Pêche. A resolution was passed to allow seniors and others to vote by mail.
Public works
A digital meter from Garant équipement (Système Saphir) for $4,331 will be added to the gasoline and diesel tanks at the Luskville garage to record the vehicle, litres, time, and name of employees using the pump. Lauriault Électrique will install it for $2,790.
Chemin Kilroy, which ran between 5th concession and Mackechnie, was cut in two by a washout many years ago and is closed permanently.
Planning
A new MRC bylaw on animals, adding rules on dangerous dogs to comply with recent provincial laws, was passed by a majority, with councillor Maxsom voting against.
Two requests for minor variances were approved to regularize existing buildings on lots smaller than now allowed, at 99 ch Desjardins and 373 cr Lelièvre.
Expenses:
The following expenses were approved: $75,407 to Simexco for the water play structure for Quyon; $49,368 to Jambette
for play structures for the Quyon park; $31,733 to Groupe Brunet/Béton Brunet for 6 concrete bases for ball field lighting at the Luskville park; and a $500 scholarship for a student at Pontiac High School.
La version française du rapport peut être consultée à : www.journalpontiac.com.