Pontiac council report - Strategic plan adopted
Mo Laidlaw
Pontiac


The regular Pontiac council meeting was held on 10 April 2012 with about 30 members of the public present.
Public input
Nancy Maxsom asked about the advertised “home inspection” by fire fighters, and how much this will cost the municipality. Mayor Eddie McCann explained that this is a provincial requirement for risk management, and was included in the budget. The fire department will check smoke detectors, fire extinguishers and storage of gasoline, propane etc. Councillor Tom Howard clarified that no fines will be levied if smoke detectors are missing, but notice will be given that they are required.
Strategic plan
The strategic plan as outlined in the press release in Pontiac Journal 2012/04/04, “Pontiac reflects... and takes action,” was adopted. (“Communiqué émanant de la municipalité de Pontiac”). Several members of the public were expecting more information or input on this. Mr McCann said that after the next meeting there will be a public consultation meeting
Road improvements
Considering the poor state of Braun road during the 2012 thaw, it was decided to ask at least three engineering firms for tenders to carry out a geotechnical study of the drainage and if necessary an environmental study, before the road is levelled.
Public works will be asked to provide recommendations on asphalt repairs required on Mountain road between Crégheur and Townline and on Stanton road, as well as an estimate on digging and cleaning ditches on Mountain road.
Hydro Quebec will be notified that the light on the substation at Quyon is defective - it is flashing instead of being steady red at night. This is annoying people in the area.
CPTAQ requests
There were two motions to support requests to the commission to protect farmland (CPTAQ) from William Twolan. The first request was to allow heavy equipment to be parked by the tenant at 1656 route 148, formerly a welding shop deemed in 2001 by the CPTAQ to be illegal because not strictly agricultural, and by the municipality to be illegal because operating without a business permit. This was passed by a majority, but later vetoed by the mayor. The council voted unanimously against this request at the special council meeting on 17 April. Twolan’s second request was apparently to clarify the situation of several small lots making up # 5 and # 7 Elm Road, which are also in the farm zone.
Stuart Meredith asked for support of his request to the CPTAQ to divide part of lot 18B range 4, Onslow (4277 route 148) to sell it to MountainView Turf who want to increase their production.
Municipal website
The bare bones of the new website is at http://www.municipalitepontiac.com/en . The English version hopes to enlarge our vocabulary by using words such as “austral” (southerly) to describe the climate.
Money matters
The following amounts were approved:
Invoices for March amounting to $40,897; fixed expenses of $287,858; as well as incurred expenses for April of $123,268.70 including taxes.
$8300 to Groupe Action Jeunesse.
$3000 to the “Savour the Pontiac” (Savourez le Pontiac) showcase of businesses, that will be held on 12 August in Quyon.
$200 to the Pontiac Lions Bantam CC and Atom CC hockey clubs, for the Dodge Cup tournament, in which 8 players from Pontiac took part.
$20,400 plus tax to GHR Solutions was approved at a special meeting in February, for reorganizing the municipal administration, and training.
Next regular council meeting: Tuesday 8 May 2012 at 8 pm, at the community centre in Luskville.

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