Pontiac mayor reassures residents

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Mo Laidlaw

PONTIAC – Nearly 40 people attended the regular council meeting, June 10, at the Marcel Lavigne Community Centre.
Rasto Hlavina, an award-winning sculptor who lives near Luskville, requested the free use of the community centre in Luskville for the Labour Day weekend for an exhibition of his sculptures. 

Mo Laidlaw

PONTIAC – Nearly 40 people attended the regular council meeting, June 10, at the Marcel Lavigne Community Centre.
Rasto Hlavina, an award-winning sculptor who lives near Luskville, requested the free use of the community centre in Luskville for the Labour Day weekend for an exhibition of his sculptures. 
Joan Belsher suggested that councillors Pontiroli and Amyotte had violated the municipal code of ethics by talking to a journalist at LeDroit about the ongoing audit and the director general’s “paid leave.” Pontiroli replied that Mayor Roger Larose gave the first interview to LeDroit in which he stated he had the support of council, so she contacted the journalist. Larose said he has been advised by the lawyer to remain quiet and that he still believes in transparency and will let everyone know about the audit and other questions when he is able.
Amyotte added an item to the agenda to meet the auditor and lawyer in camera to discuss the “audit and police investigation.” Councillor Dubé suggested, “It is premature to have this meeting,” and a majority voted against it.
Jacques Richer, Mark Gricken and Sylvie Biron had complaints about the temporary repairs to Pères Dominicains road, lack of calcium and resulting dust. Larose said, “We don’t want to spend money patching, we want a permanent solution, so we need an engineer’s study. Meanwhile the calcium will be spread soon.”
Resolutions were passed to use $75,000 for Pères Dominicains Road and $50,000 for Tremblay Road from the sand and quarries fund to start     priority work. The municipality received $410,652 from MTQ in 2013          for maintenance of local roads – the total cost          is estimated to be          $1.4 million.
The following were approved: invoices for May amounting to $35,393; $293,301 in fixed expenses; $13,211 in incurred expenses for June; $1,266,440 to Location Martin Lalonde Inc for pick up and transport of garbage and     recycling for 4 years; $14,400 to SDUrbanisme for 180 hours of consultation      for the town planning department; $7,500 for a Savour the Pontiac event on August 3; $6,693 to Plage Albert Tremblay and $992 to Plage J Alexandre Desjardins for special projects; $2,903 plus tax to Gordon’s Mobile to repair a municipal Ford truck; $2,691 for a student with planning expertise for farmland, housing and commercial development for 8 weeks; and a maximum of $2,500 to buy a secure filing     cabinet.
Garbage and recycling wheelie-bins will now cost $120, which includes replacement if damaged.