MRC Pontiac Council
The MRC Pontiac is governed by a Council of the mayors of the 18 local municipalities. The Council (which convenes eleven times per year) is chaired by a warden who is elected at universal suffrage every four years.
The Plenary Committee may be viewed as a prelude to the MRC Council meeting. It studies all files within MRC jurisdiction, including those of administration, land use planning, environment, fire safety, and others. In addition, this committee examines, analyses, and approves (or rejects) all proposals of motions recommended for referral to MRC Council. This committee convenes just before Council and has no decision-making authority.
The Administrative Committee (CA) has decision-making authority over the administrative and financial activities of the MRC Pontiac. “Decision-making authority” signifies that resolutions adopted by the Administrative Committee have the same force and effect as if they were adopted by Council. Although all MRC Councillors are welcome to attend Administrative Committee meetings, the committee is officially composed of the warden, the pro-warden, and four other councillors appointed by their peers.
The meetings of the Administrative Committee are open to the public.
Lac-Nilgaut – Unorganised Territory (TNO)
The public unorganised territory (TNO) is the part of an MRC that does not belong to a local municipality. The MRC Pontiac’s TNO is an area of 9,850 km², almost 70% of the MRC’s total land area.
Under the Act respecting municipal territorial organisation, the MRC Council of Mayors acts as a consulting local municipality in respect to the TNO; the MRC Pontiac is therefore governed by the Municipal Code of Quebec in respect to the TNO. The MRC can adopt by-laws, resolutions or other acts over parts of the TNO which it determines.
The TNO meeting is held every month immediately before the Council of Mayors meeting.