Pontiac council report - new bicycle trail route
Mo Laidlaw

About 30 people attended the regular council meeting on 11 February 2014 in the Marcel Lavigne community centre in Luskville.

Public input
Michel Séguin asked about special projects for tolerance roads. He would like the municipality to take over his road which conforms except for the “rond-point”. Mayor Roger Larose stated that taking over tolerance roads that conform to the requirements will solve a lot of problems.

Diane Lacasse and Carl Hager had questions about the new Quyon community centre. Mr Larose repeated much of what he said at the last meeting; the grant has been turned down and a complete rethink is required before another application is made. Mme Lacasse would like to be on the committee that looks into where, what for, and how much it will cost.

Road improvements
Proposals will be requested for a geotechnical study for paving of ch de la Montagne from Crégheur to Townline, and another for the size of culvert required to take the Fahey creek across de la Montagne.

The public works department is mandated to prepare a quote for scarifying existing asphalt, spreading of MG20 (gravel) and paving of ch. de la Montagne from Crégheur to Townline, and for spreading MG20, final prep and paving for the Lusk Project off Crégheur (Lusk, Brady, Kerr and Ivan), about 2.5 km.

Bicycle trail - Route verte
Yet another change to the proposed route of the bicycle trail, “Route verte” was passed, with Councillor Middlemiss voting against. Instead of going along the former rail-line from ch Terry-Fox (the limit of the municipality with Gatineau), to ch Asaret, to route 148, as decided in 2011, it will now go up Terry-Fox from the former rail-line, to Lavigne, Panorama, and then onto route 148 at ch McCaffrey, near the fire station. The Ministry of Transport will be asked to install a flashing light on route 148 at McCaffrey. This change is because owners of two sections of the former rail-line changed their minds about allowing the bike path on their properties. For a map of the route see: http://www.heritagepontiac.ca/bicycle.htm

New housing project
J.F. Sabourin and Associates are given the mandate to review the documents for the Domaine des Chutes project, for $2,560, after a request for proposals. This is the proposed new subdivision on the north side of ch. de l’Hôtel-de-ville in Luskville (2048 route 148, owned by Philippe Charette).

Other business
Pioneer Wireless will be asked to provide a breakdown of costs for its internet service at the municipal offices, libraries, and community centres, and proof of liability insurance.

Councillor Dubé is appointed to the Quyon Port Authority, Mohr’s Landing, and also as the employer’s rep on the health and safety at work committee, along with Benedikt Kuhn, the Assistant director general. The Union appoints the employees’ representatives.

Money matters
The following were approved:
Invoices for January amounting to $28,800, fixed expenses for January of $215,750, and incurred expenses for February of $17,491. The previous meeting approved invoices for December amounting to $36,652, fixed expenses for December of $609,415, and incurred expenses for January of $1301.
Financial assistance to the following recreational associations for a total of $22,375:
Groupe Action Jeunesse $8,500; Quyon sports & rec $7,500; Quyon Ensemble $3,375; Beechgrove RA $2,000; Les Blés d’Or $1,000.
$5,800 to the Municipality of Shawville for use of the arena by 58 Pontiac residents.
$4,500 to Group Action Jeunesse for controlling access to the gym at the school in Luskville ($90 per week for 50 weeks).
$125 to the Pontiac Artists’ Association for their brochure.

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