Pontiac council report – Recovering legal fees

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Mo Laidlaw

MUNICIPALITY OF PONTIAC – The regular council meeting was held April 11 at the Luskville community centre. About 16 members of the public attended.
Recovery of legal fees.

Mo Laidlaw

MUNICIPALITY OF PONTIAC – The regular council meeting was held April 11 at the Luskville community centre. About 16 members of the public attended.
Recovery of legal fees.
The municipal lawyer was mandated to recover all costs associated with the legal case between former councillor Eddie McCann and the municipality, since the municipality was originally required to pay his fees as well as their own.
Fire department
A borrowing bylaw for $750,000 for vehicles for the fire department was passed by a majority and a new bylaw (01-17) on the establishment of the fire department was adopted.
Four firefighters who have not passed the Officer 1 certification within six months will be demoted.
Watercourses
Although the MRC des Collines-de-l’Outaouais is responsible for ensuring the free flow of streams in its territory, the municipality must designate competent employees to apply the bylaw and issue fines for contraventions. The director of infrastructure and public works, Alain Bourgeois; the head of Public Works,
Jean-Luc Trépanier; and an inspector, Pierre-Louis Chartrand, were designated.
Spring clean-up
A call for offers will be made to rent a mechanical sweeper and operator to sweep paved streets and intersections. Contracting out will speed up the process, reduce costs, and allow municipal employees time to do other work. Residents are encouraged to clean up their communities during the May 13/14 weekend.
Day camp
$5,000 was approved for the recreation and community life coordinator, Meghan Lewis, to plan and implement the day camp this year. In addition, five summer jobs will be advertised: one camp leader, three animator posts and one assistant.
Planning
Pierre-Louis Chartrand, an inspector in the planning department, is now authorized to apply the bylaw on septic systems, and to issue permits required by the planning bylaws for a trial period of six months.
Excavation J-F Aumont Inc has been carrying out heavy commercial business at 1656 route 148. The zoning does not permit this usage, and there are no acquired rights. A majority voted to mandate the municipal lawyer to take legal action against this use.
Expenses approved
The following expenses were approved: Entreprise MK was awarded the contract for maintenance of green space for 2017 to 2019, for $96,924; $45,740 to Construction Pontiac to re-do part of the town hall roof; $41,540 plus taxes to Multi-Route to deliver and spread 155,000 litres of calcium to reduce dust on gravel roads; offers for an external auditor will be called for as the expected cost is over $25,000; and $6,400 plus taxes to Médiation Hub for “Assessment of the maintenance of pay equity”.
The revised budget of the Office municipal d’habitation for 2017 was accepted, with the 10% share payable by the municipality now $4,144, up from $3,794.