Pontiac council report - questions on Quyon community centre
Mo Laidlaw
Pontiac


The regular Pontiac council meeting was held on 13 March 2012 with about 30 members of the public present. The new councillor for ward 3, Tom Howard was sworn in. Mayor Eddie McCann welcomed him and mentioned that the last three councillors in ward 3 died in office, which caused some nervous laughter.
Public input
Nancy Maxsom inquired why the municipality is contributing to the CSSSP (local health board). Mr McCann replied that he is trying to convince them to build a new medical centre in the municipality since the CLSC in Quyon is too small for their needs. It should be on highway 148 somewhere between Egan Street and Pères-Dominicains road, and have about 5000 sq feet of space. It will have a nurse practitioner, family medicine by appointment, home care, school and youth services, mental health, social workers, and eventually a pharmacy and other health professionals. This will greatly improve access to health care at little cost to the municipality.
Ms Maxsom also asked if any consideration had been given to building the new Quyon community centre away from the waterfront, where it is surrounded by the flood zone, including the parking lot. The municipality owns a large lot on the highway at Murray, would this be better? Mr McCann talked about the beauty of the waterfront site, and access to washrooms for beach users and boaters. He claims that access is only difficult on 3 days per year. He explained that the estimated $1.5 million cost would be divided between the community and municipality ($250,000 each) and the province and federal government ($500,000 each). This would be a building for 250 people, with a kitchen, and washrooms accessible from outside. It should be possible to go ahead soon to replace the existing Quonset hut, with a meeting with an architect occurring in March. In reply to a question from Joan Belsher, the boardwalk component of waterfront revitalization may take several more years, and is not part of the new community centre project.
Webpage?
There were more questions on when the new municipal webpage will be online, from Micheline Lepage and Denis Dubé. (We were told 19 March, but this didn’t happen.)
The 911 dispatchers will be asked to call the fire service in addition to police and ambulance, when there are accidents on route 148. They usually arrive first and can control or divert traffic to ensure safety.
The municipality will inform the MRC des Collines and its municipalities that it retains the right to withdraw from the MRC’s waste management program. The MRC wants to enter into a twenty year agreement with the Ville de Gatineau, without knowing the cost or other details.
Money matters
The following amounts were approved:
Invoices for February amounting to $30,063; fixed expenses of $308,783; as well as incurred expenses for March of $9379.19 including taxes.
$11,005 for repairs to the community centre in Luskville, including $2105 for the stage, $5930 for the kitchen and $2970 for the washrooms.
$210 for advertising in Ornitaouais magazine four times a year (Club des ornithologues de l’Outaouais, ie birdwatchers).
$150 to buy 6 tickets for councillors or others to attend the Maison de la Culture des Collines presentation, in Wakefield. Pontiac is part of this organization.
Next regular council meeting: Tuesday 10 April 2012 at 8 pm, at the community centre in Luskville.

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