Problems with on-going ATV study

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Att: Raymond Durocher & Gabrielle Lance

After two members of the Green PPJ Verte committee attended their first meeting with the ATV committee, we wish to highlight several issues:

Att: Raymond Durocher & Gabrielle Lance

After two members of the Green PPJ Verte committee attended their first meeting with the ATV committee, we wish to highlight several issues:
First, the ATV committee is not respecting its mandate “to find roads which would link the municipalities within the MRC Pontiac” as per the MRC’s resolution # C.M. 2016-04-16. Instead, we had the impression we were sitting on a committee trying to find ways to render an already-made decision acceptable.
Second, the original composition of the ATV committee reflects its bias. Of the 13 people at the table, only the two representatives of the Green PPJ Verte cared about looking at possibilities other than the conversion of the current PPJ into a 16-foot wide, multi-use trail. In all discussions, we were the only ones to take current users of the PPJ trail into consideration and to defend their
interests and safety. The meeting was certainly not favourable for exchanging ideas or for starting a real dialogue between groups.
Third, there is much confusion among the public as well as among decision-makers. When the Council of Mayors met on June 21, several mayors asked for
clarification because they did not seem to be aware that a possible change of the PPJ into a multi-use trail was being considered. Warden Raymond Durocher himself maintained that it was out of the question (and illegal). The ATV committee’s petition added to the confusion by combining two questions into one.
We are having difficulties getting clear and precise answers to our questions. We request that the ATV committee be instructed to return to its mandate and that the existing confusion be clearly resolved: clarify what is and what isn’t possible, establish deadlines, and clarify who has the power to make the final decision. It is necessary to deal separately with the possible use of municipal roads and the PPJ trail by ATVs.
Green PPJ Verte
greenppjverte@gmail.com