MRC Pontiac Council of Elected Representatives has retained Mercier Pfalzgraf Architectes for the renovation of the exterior shell of the MRC Building. The $ 18,200 service agreement will cover drafting, the tendering process, supervision and contract management. In addition to matching the exterior design of the old structure to the new building, this renovation will correct some weaknesses in insulation and ventilation, typical of 1960’s constructions, to produce energy savings and improve air quality and the confort of its occupants.
MRC Pontiac Council of Elected Representatives authorized the next step in the technical validation of technologies in the production of commercial sugars for the Biomass Transformation Centre project. MRC General Manager, Rémi Bertrand, and Project Manager, Pierre Vézina, will travel to Atlanta, U.S. in mid-December to assess this technology and its cost-effectiveness.
The Pontiac Council of Elected Representatives will ask the Minister of Sustainable Development, Environment and the Fight Against Climate Change to remove the Black River from the watercourses within its jurisdiction because of the complexity of managing this river.
Since January 1, 2006, watercourse management in Quebec falls within MRC responsibilities, except for watercourses which, by decree 1292-2005, remain under the sole jurisdiction of the Quebec government. In the Pontiac, a portion of the Coulonge River and the Ottawa River are excluded.
The 238 km long Black River, crosses the Nilgaut TNO and the municipality of Waltham to flow into the Ottawa River. A hydroelectric dam and retaining structures used, among other things, to create water reservoirs and control the flow for electricity generation were allowed on this river and its tributaries by the Quebec government, making the management of this watercourse too complex and costly for a MRC.
The MRC Pontiac is ready to receive proposals from local artists for the next piece in its regional art collection. To be eligible, artists must be residents of the MRC Pontiac, and present one of their own original works for consideration. A committee will assess all proposals based on a set of criteria, such as: the quality of the work, the quality of the artistic approach of the artist, the artist’s renown in the local and regional cultural environment, the artistic value of the work, the cost of the work, the constraints of conservation, restoration, or display, and the Regional Collection’s goals for media and works diversity (sculpture, visual arts, crafts , etc.)
The regional art collection is a public collection created in 2008. The objective is to build a collection of works by artists who have marked the Pontiac artistic creation over time. The collection showcases the talent and artistic diversity of the region, and its works are made easily accessible to the public by being on permanent display at the MRC building.
According to S32.01 an Act respecting the professional status of artists in the visual arts, arts and crafts and literature, and their contracts with promoters, the following artistic disciplines are eligible to this call to artists:
Definition of visual arts:
the production of original works of research or expression, which are unique or in limited copies and are conveyed by painting, sculpture, engraving, drawing, illustration, photography, textile arts, installation work, performance, art video or any other form of expression of the same nature.
Under this call, performance is not part of the selected disciplines.
Definition of arts and crafts:
The production of original works which are unique or in multiple copies, intended for a utilitarian, decorative or expressive purpose and conveyed by the practice of a craft related to the working of wood, leather, textiles, metals, silicates or any other material.