Pontiac council report – Tim Horton’s camp to pay municipal taxes

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Mo Laidlaw

MUNICIPALITY OF PONTIAC – There was low public attendance at the regular council meeting, March 10, at the Marcel Lavigne Community Centre in Luskville.
Taxing Tim
Horton’s camp
Mayor Roger Larose voted to break a tie in
the vote to ask the
CMQ (Québec municipal

Mo Laidlaw

MUNICIPALITY OF PONTIAC – There was low public attendance at the regular council meeting, March 10, at the Marcel Lavigne Community Centre in Luskville.
Taxing Tim
Horton’s camp
Mayor Roger Larose voted to break a tie in
the vote to ask the
CMQ (Québec municipal
commission) to remove the exemption from paying taxes for the Tim Horton Children’s Foundation.
The camp is valued at $6,158,200, which Larose said should bring in $35,000 per year in taxes, a new source of revenue in this time of economic austerity. Councillors Pontiroli and Amyotte voted against the resolution because The Foundation is a charitable organization.
Agreement with NCC
Council agreed to accept a$5,000 contribution
from the National Capital Commission to support the strategic plan for recreo-touristic development of the Pontiac and Gatineau Park.
Town planning
$5,600 plus taxes was approved for SDUrbanisme and Géographe to help determine the constraints and potential of the Pontiac territory for town planning and economic development, as part of the revision of the Schema d’aménagement (Land Use plan) for the MRC des Collines.
Several requests for minor changes to zoning bylaws were approved:
construction of a house at 81 Kawartha Road in Breckenridge four meters from the side line of the lot instead of five meters; increase in size of two lots located at 110 and 116 Trappeur Road by evenly dividing a lot located between the two; and construction of a garage at 799 Saphir Road seven meters from the front of the property instead of ten meters.
Supporting Val des Monts
A resolution was passed supporting the municipality of Val des Monts in their request to the CPTAQ (Farmland protection commission) and MAMOT (Municipal affairs) to exclude a lot from farm
zoning in order to build a new elementary school.
Loans
A bylaw to take out a new loan to pay off the remaining balance of $1,828,000 plus costs of $36,560 was tabled to pay for the sewage treatment system in Quyon. A
resolution was passed to pay the costs of refinancing
several loans amounting to $2,030,000 from the general fund at the end of 2014, instead of from working capital. A bylaw to borrow $2 million for road work was passed by a majority.
Other money matters
The following were approved: $25,021 in
invoices and $390,928 in fixed expenses for February; $6,151 in incurred expenses for March; a maximum of $12,000 plus taxes to Gordon Cousineau to carry out a study of the needs for community buildings in the municipality; and $2,500 to the Seniors’ Roundtable.
Grants to the following recreational associations were approved: Association récréative de Beechgrove, $2,000; Groupe Action Jeunesse de Luskville, $6,000; Club d’âge d’Or de Quyon, $1,000; Les Blés d’Or de Luskville, $1,500; Municipalité de Shawville, $6,600 (for the rink); Comité de la Fête du Canada à Quyon, $2,500; and Association récréative et sportive de Quyon, $8,900. Before cheques are issued, the Beechgrove RA and the Quyon Canada Day committee will have to
comply with the eligibility criteria.
Last month’s agreement to pay $1,715 to the Commission Scolaire des Portages-de-l’Outaouais to replace equipment in the Notre-Dame-de-la-Joie school gym was cancelled; this equipment is for the sole use of students at
the school and not the
community.