Highlights of Council Decisions
Regular Meeting held on December 18, 2019 at 6:30 p.m.
The Strategic Communications Advisor position is filled.
MRC Pontiac Council authorized the hiring of Ms. Colleen Jones of l’Isle-aux-Allumettes as Strategic Communications Advisor to fill the position left vacant by Jérémi Vaillancourt’s departure at the end of October. Her first day on the job will be January 13, 2020.
The MRC retains the services of RPGL avocats for fines issued on its territory.
MRC Pontiac Council authorized the Director General, Bernard Roy, to sign a representation agreement with RPGL avocats for cases of unpaid or contested fines. As recently published, in-person payments of fines will now be accepted at the MRC office, thus limiting the obligations of RPGL avocats to the legal representation of the MRC before the Court of Quebec.
The MRC is considering its implication in climate protection
MRC Council mandated its Environmental Coordinator, Kari Richardson, to review the benefits and responsibilities of becoming a member of the Partners for Climate Protection (PCP) program, and to communicate its intention to join the program to the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) and Local Governments for Sustainability (ICLEI).
350 municipal governments across Canada, representing more than 65% of the population, have already committed to reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in their municipalities since the inception of the PCP program in 1994. The PCP program is based on a five-phase framework that includes developing a GHG inventory and forecast, setting an emissions reduction target, developing a local action plan, implementing the action plan, and monitoring progress and reporting results.
Creation of a new sports and leisure committee
In order to develop a structured and organized leisure program across the entire territory, MRC Pontiac Council authorized the establishment of a sports and leisure committee to consolidate and improve socio-community and leisure and sport services, as stipulated in the strategic plan: Vision 2020.
To that end, a municipal councillor from each municipality and the Economic Development Officer responsible for sports and recreation at the MRC Pontiac will form the committee and work closely with Loisir Sport Outaouais.
Grants awarded under the FDT call for projects ended November 21, 2019
- MRC Council granted a total of $194,294.22 for growth generating projects under the Territory Development Fund (FDT). Of the twenty-four eligible projects submitted, 12 were selected:
- Villa James Shaw (Architectural drawings): $41,697.10
- Municipality of L’Isle-aux-Allumettes (Agri-tourism promotional video): $8,382.96
- Club motoneige Pingouin (Expansion of snowmobile networks): $2,653.46
- Chapeau Agricultural Society (Regional Agricultural Market): $22,937.44
- L’Île-du-Grand-Calumet Group (Signage at the Croix de Cadieux site): $390.55
- Bouffe Pontiac (Revita – Improvements/renovations): $4,284.50
- Coop Aventure Hélianthe (New programming and equipment): $6,071.28
- Municipality of Bryson (Municipal beach Improvement): $14,206.08
- George Bryson Cultural House (Permanent collection): $24,129.00
- Leslie Park Foundation (Infrastructure improvements): $58,772.28
- Municipality of Otter Lake (Baseball field improvement): $7,284.28
- Chapeau Recreation Association (Baseball field improvement): $3,485.30
(A sum of $216,500 was available for this call for projects. A decision on the allocation of the balance of $22,205.78 has been postponed.)
- Sieur-de-Coulonge High School, one-page ad in the yearbook: $180
NON-ORGANIZED TERRITORY (TNO)
TNO Council adopts its 2020 budget
The TNO Council voted to adopt a budget of $719,809 for 2020, an increase of $28,643 over the 2019 budget. This increase was appropriated from the accumulated surplus and will not impact the tax rate, which is maintained at $0.725 per $100 of assessment.
The basic amounts included in the tax rate are as follows:
- Residential buildings: $90
(cottages, hunting, trapping and forestry camps, vacant buildings and buildings under construction, camping and caravanning, etc.)
- Outfitters with and without exclusive rights: $500
- Waste management: $57
See the summary document for more information.