At the regular MRC Council meeting, Warden Durocher reported on the financial situation of the MRC, preliminary indications for 2016 and general orientations for 2017.
Among the main actions carried out in 2016, the warden noted investments of $ 1.3 million in key sectors such as tourism, agriculture, culture, heritage, and recreation, and more than $ 300,000 to restore watercourse crossings and maintain multi-use forest roads. He also mentioned the development of the Biomass Conversion Centre (CVB) project, which has attracted serious interest among several partners.
2017 will be firmly focused on the future
According to Mr. Durocher, if in 2016 budget decisions were made in response to new policies and directions of the Government of Québec, 2017 is set to be a year turned to the future.
“I cannot overemphasize this point: at home, in the Pontiac, the status quo is no longer an option. The very survival of our communities depends on our understanding this. ”
The long-awaited provincial government proximity government policy should give the MRC more autonomy, and allow for decisions based on regional issues and needs.
“In 2017, MRC Council decisions will have a decisive impact for all Pontiac residents,” said Durocher. Many of these decisions are expected to affect the MRC’s model of governance.
Mr. Durocher unveiled 13 major orientations for 2017, including revising the MRC’s model of governance and how the warden is elected. Among other major thrusts, he noted the transfer of the CVB project to the community, a study on an efficient and realistic plan to unite fire safety services, and the revision of the strategic plan Vision Pontiac 2020.
The MRC Pontiac’s 2015-2016 Activity Report is available in the Documentation Centre.