HIGHLIGHTS OF COUNCIL DECISIONS
Regular meeting held on October 21, 2020 AT 6:30 P.M.
TNO Council approves funding for proposed infrastructure projects on Wright Lake Road and Traverse St-Patrice Road
At the regular meeting of the Regional Council of Mayors of the MRC held on September 16, 2020, it was resolved to invest the additional PADF fund for the realization of works associated with the multi-use roadway and more specifically for the restoration of water crossings. The MRC recommends the replacement of a wooden culvert with a bridge on Wright Lake Road as well as the replacement of a bridge with a culvert on the road crossing St. Patrice.
TNO council accepts to finance the production of crushed gravel for the winter sanding of Jim Road
At the TNO council meeting held December 18, 2019, it was resolved to consider the use of crushed gravel for the maintenance of Jim Road during the winter. In order to meet this request, the MRC recommends that a reserve of 5,000 TN. of crushed gravel be set aside for next winter.
REGIONAL COUNCIL OF MAYORS
New Director of Land Use Planning and Environment to start at the MRC Pontiac in November
In light of the upcoming retirement of Mr. Régent Dugas, the long-time Director of Territory at the MRC Pontiac, it was resolved by the council of mayors to hire Mr. Jason Durand as the new Director of Land Use Planning and Environment starting in November.
The MRC to install a new and improved telephone system
The current telephone system of the MRC Pontiac is at the end of its lifecycle, and it is now an opportune time to proceed with its replacement. Since the MRC seeks to provide better customer service for our clients, it was unanimously adopted by Council to accept the offer from Gatineau- based Évolutel for the installation of a new telephone system.
Negotiations for the NEW Cultural Development Agreement have begun for the MRC Pontiac
The MRC Pontiac is currently in negotiations for the new Cultural Development Agreement, and have been given a deadline to submit numbers and requests for funds to invest in the Pontiac over the next three years. It was therefore resolved by council to move forward with notifying the Ministère de la culture et communications du Québec of the MRC’s intention to renew the agreement for the years 2021-2023, and to name the cultural development agent, Sabrina Ayres, as the representative for the application.
Funds still available through the MRC’s COVID-19 Emergency Aid for Small and Medium Enterprises
The department of Economic Development of the MRC Pontiac would like to remind small and medium enterprises in the region that there are still funds available through the COVID-19 Emergency Aid for SMEs program. To date, $520,645 in loans have been approved to a total of 14 Pontiac enterprises. You can learn more about this program here: http://www.mrcpontiac.qc.ca/en/covid-19-emergency-help-for-small-and-medium-businesses/
Council of Mayors approves the MRC’s FRR analysis committee’s recommendations to fund 13 local projects
It was resolved by the Regional Council to accept the recommendations of the analysis committee for development projects under Component 2 of the Regions and Rurality Fund (FRR). Funding has been approved to the following projects:
- Municipality of Alleyn and Cawood (Library/Conference Room Renovations): $40,000.00
- Municipality of Campbell’s Bay (Recreation and Tourism Park Development): $52,432.09
- Municipality of Chichester (Phases 3 and 4 Shoreline Project): $41,500.00
- Town of Shawville (Arena flooring): $8,758.61
- Bryson RA (Infrastructure for people with disabilities): $21,949.82
- Maison des jeunes du Pontiac (Pilot project multi-resource center in Rapides-des-Joachims): $15,000.00
- Patro Mansfield (Upgrading of small park post-flood): $8,722.49
- Phare-Ouest (Illumination of the Félix-Gabriel-Marchand Bridge): $35,324.20
- Shawville Curling Club (Virtual Golf Centre): $51,693.97
- Shawville RA (Playground equipment upgrades): $32,368.69
- Ski Pontiac (Four season recreational trail): $42,899.26
- James Shaw Villa (Architect and Engineering Contracts): $56,789.25
- Zec St. Patrice (Boat Rental Centre) $19,287.95
Ottawa RiverKeeper to install awareness signs in the MRC Pontiac for endangered species
It was resolved by Council to allow the Ottawa Riverkeeper to install awareness signs at one or more of the boat launch locations maintained by the MRC Pontiac Waterway, under the supervision of Kim Lesage to select the appropriate location(s). These signs include information about the Hickorynut, a freshwater mussel species, and the Lake Sturgeon, which are both species at risk in the Ottawa River.