HIGHLIGHTS OF COUNCIL DECISIONS
Regular meeting held on September 16, 2020 AT 6:30 P.M.
Council unanimously passed a resolution calling for a pilot project in the Pontiac in the immediate future to raise the salaries of nurses to the Ontario level
It was proposed by Warden Jane Toller and unanimously resolved by council to request the immediate implementation of a pilot project in the Pontiac with respect to the increase of the salaries of nurses to the Ontario level, as suggested by the Warden at the press conference held on Tuesday, August 25 by the CISSSO in collaboration with the MRC. It was also resolved to ask the Conférence des préfets de l’Outaouais (CPO) to support the MRC Pontiac in its efforts, this resolution is to be presented at the next meeting of the CPO.
Council of Mayors show their support for archaeological dig to find original site of the Fort-Coulonge
The Council of Mayors resolved to support the project of an archaeological study of the site of the former Fort at Fort-Coulonge, currently undertaken by Mr. Gregory A. Piasetzki. The site is located on Rue Thomas-Lefebvre near Davidson, where they hope to discovery possible artifacts and prepare a report on the findings. There are also plans to eventually install informational plaques and potentially move forward with the construction of an interpretive center for locals and tourists to visit.
Council appoints Karim El Kerch of Carrefour Jeunesse-emploi du Pontiac to be the newest member of the MRC’s Investment Committee
Due to the retirement of former committee member Ms. Sylvie Landriault this year, it was proposed and resolved by council that the new General Director for the Carrefour jeunesse-emploi du Pontiac, Mr. Karim El Kerch, replace her on the investment committee.
MRC Pontiac to launch COVID-19 business recovery fund as a response to the struggles experienced by our local small businesses
The MRC Pontiac set aside $70,000 under the FRR Volet 2 budget in order to address the economic difficulties resulting from the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. As a response to the struggles experienced by our local small businesses, the economic development department is proposing the launch of a COVID-19 business recovery fund which will provide up to $5,000 in the form of a non-repayable grant. These grants are to be used to help businesses implement new measures, to adapt business practices and to shift operations in response to the new economic reality.
The 2020 PPJ maintenance plans were approved by council and will begin soon!
The MRC Pontiac has work to be done on the PPJ as planned in the 2020 budget as part of the program of financial assistance for the maintenance of the Route Verte, which the MRC was approved for $125,000 in financial support. The total sum of approximately $185,000 is currently available in the 2020 budget for maintenance work which will be undertaken by the MRC’s Civil Engineer Kim Lesage and team before the end of the year.
MANAGEMENT OF TERRITORY
The MRC reminds mayors, councillors and citizens about public consultations for the Strategic Vision Statement and the Vision 2030 development plan
The team of the MRC would like to remind citizens, elected officials and business owners about the public consultations that are currently taking place across the territory from Sep. 14 to Oct. 6. These consultations are concentrating on the Draft Strategic Vision Statement as well as the Vision 2030 development plan. You can find the dates of the consultations near your municipality on the MRC website: http://www.mrcpontiac.qc.ca/en/notice-of-public-consultation-august-21-2020/