HIGHLIGHTS OF COUNCIL DECISIONS
Regular meeting held on June 17, 2020 AT 6:30 P.M.
THE HOLDING OF THE SALE FOR TAXES HAS BEEN DEFERRED TO NOVEMBER
The MRC Pontiac still does not have authorization to proceed in September 2020 for the sale for taxes. Since June is the last council before the summer, prudence dictates postponing the event for another two months. Therefore, the tax sale is postponed from September 10, 2020 to November 12, 2020.
TDSP (TABLE DE DÉVELOPPEMENT SOCIAL DU PONTIAC) ‘LE COMPTOIR SAINT-PIERRE’ PROJECT
An action plan prepared by the Table de développement social du Pontiac has been approved by the Regional Council of Mayors for their new ‘Le Comptoir Saint-Pierre’ project. The project plans to improve the living conditions of 25 to 30 people in the Pontiac living with an intellectual or physical disability and to help provide education and resources in developing their autonomy. This project is in the amount of $82,500 for 2020-2023.
ENHANCEMENT OF PUBLIC TRANSIT SERVICE IN THE MRC PONTIAC
A service plan has been developed in collaboration with the Transcollines and the management of the MRC and was presented to the Regional Council of Mayors in order to enhance the current public transit service in the MRC Pontiac. The project aims to improve service in the following ways:
- an enhancement of service to downtown Ottawa-Gatineau;
- a service covering local destinations in the territory of the MRC Pontiac offering a real lever for local development;
- a service that pays special attention to the territory’s post-secondary students;
- a more affordable fare structure that is fully integrated into the region’s urban transit service;
The project presents several advantages for the MRC and its residents, notably in terms of employability, labour mobility, school perseverance and dynamic occupation of the territory. The service plan will pursue the steps towards the commissioning of an integrated public transit system by June 2021.
THE MRC PONTIAC IS TO HIRE AN ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT TO THE DIRECTOR OF ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT
Considering the importance of the economic development department at the MRC Pontiac and the current heavy workload undertaken by the team, the Regional Council of Mayors resolved to hire an administrative assistant to the director of ED, Cyndy Phillips.
CHUTES COULONGE LEASE RENEWAL
It was resolved by the Council of Mayors of the MRC Pontiac and authorized by the Warden, Mrs. Jane Toller, to sign the new lease for the Parc des Chutes Coulonge for a period of 25 years, until December 31, 2044.
EMERGENCY AID FUND FOR SME
The current situation regarding the COVID-19 pandemic has a direct impact on businesses and the economy of the Pontiac. The Quebec government’s objective is to promote access to capital to maintain, consolidate or revive the activities of businesses affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. Through the MRC Pontiac’s Economic Development department, the Regional Council resolved to adopt the list of loans granted under the emergency assistance program for SMEs as presented by the investment committee.
ADDENDUM TO THE SERVICE AGREEMENT BETWEEN THE SADC AND THE MRC
Given the fact that the SADC’s financial analyst, M. Mario Guay, has provided a tremendous amount of supplementary support to the MRC in the analysis and presentation of the PAU-PME files, the Regional Council resolved to increase the financial compensation in the MRC-SADC agreement by $5,000 to a total of $40,000. These funds are allocated in the FRR Budget for the year 2020-2021.
DONATIONS AND SPONSORSHIPS
- FRIENDS OF THE DUMOINE RIVER
- $500 sponsorship was granted to Les Amis de la Rivière Dumoine to clear and reopen 12 km of a 170-year-old logging truck route between the mouth of the Dumoine River on the Ottawa River and the Grande Chute, at km 26 north of Rapides des Joachims.
- PONTIAC JOURNAL READER’S CHOICE AWARDS
- The Regional council of the MRC Pontiac had granted a $500 donation to the Journal du Pontiac to support their 8th edition of the Readers’ Choice Awards, which was to take place Tuesday evening, September 15, 2020 (C.M.2020-04-23). This donation was conditional on the event taking place as originally planned. However, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the event will be changing format. The Regional council of the MRC Pontiac resolved to grant the donation as recipients will still receive their prizes, and the result will be printed for all to see.
COMMUNITY RESILIENCE PROGRAM
A Red Cross program was presented to council that provides funding for projects undertaken by community organizations or municipalities/MRCs to raise awareness and prepare the population to deal with potential disasters in order to make them more resilient. The Red Cross seeks to support a variety of projects that must be related to its values. An awareness project and the preparation of a 72-hour disaster kit (earthquake, tornado) is suggested. The Regional Council resolved to move forward with this project in the MRC Pontiac.
2020 WATERWAY BUDGET AND EXPENSES
It was proposed to and resolved by the Regional council to reallocate the planned budget for the Ottawa River Waterway, due to the fact that many infrastructures require maintenance work. The affected surplus of $25,281.18 will hereby be reallocated to the promotion and maintenance of the waterway for the 2020 season.
MANAGEMENT OF TERRITORY
CONTRACT BY MUTUAL AGREEMENT (NATURAL AND CULTURAL LANDSCAPES OF THE PONTIAC)
It was resolved by council to award a contract by mutual agreement to Montreal University’s Chaire en paysage et environnement for the characterization of the natural and cultural landscapes of the Pontiac. Be it further resolved that a maximum amount of $25,000 be set aside from the budget for the revision of the Master Plan and from the budget for strategic development (if required) and to authorize Bernard Roy, Director General, and Jane Toller, Warden, to sign this contract and the various related documents.
The Ministry of Transport have announced that the construction work on the Félix-Gabriel Marchand bridge will be resuming this summer, after many delays due to the flooding, winter conditions, additonal structural work and the COVID-19 pandemic. The end of construction is predicted for fall 2020.
PUBLIC BEACH TO OPEN IN MANSFIELD-ET-PONTEFRACT
The Municipality of Mansfield and the Municipality of Fort-Coulonge have worked together to allow the opening of a beach located on the banks of the Coulonge River, close to the White Bridge. The Aventure Héliante cooperative will be responsible for managing the site, and organizing activities.
The site will be free for citizens of Mansfield and Fort-Coulonge, and citizens of other municipalities will be able to enjoy the beach for a small fee. The beach is predicted to open in August.