Pontiac council report - new Public Works director
Mo Laidlaw

On yet another cold night, only 8 people attended the regular council meeting held on 10 February 2015 at the Marcel Lavigne Community Centre in Luskville.

Camille Beaufort thanked council on behalf of Parents’ Voice for taking part in the meeting on 3 February for parents of 0 to 5 year-olds.

Repairing community centre in Quyon
In order to support the food service for the poor which uses part of the “Beach Barn” for storing and sorting food, work to make the office rat-proof will be carried out. Les industries CAMA tendered the lowest conforming bid, at $2,714 plus tax. The repairs include tiling, painting and other work.

Fire department
Council will request a grant from the Program for training volunteer and part time firefighters, from the Ministry of Public safety. It is expected that 30 firefighters in the municipality will be trained in the coming year. The Fire Chief is considered a part-time employee, the other firefighters are volunteers who are paid for hours worked.

Municipal administration
Engineer Alain Bourgeois, who has been working on contract for several months, is hired as the Director of Infrastructures and Public Works.

Silting up of docks in Quyon
The MRC des Collines has determined that accumulation of silt, identified by the Port Authority, is not a municipal responsibility, but that of the Ministry of the Environment (MDDEL). The municipality’s floating docks are now more or less inaccessible, and the silt is likely to cause new problems to the ferry operator when the water level is low. The new ferry dock increased silting. The Mohr’s Landing-Quyon Port Authority is therefore asked to deal with the problem.

Historical study
Maude-Emmanuelle Lambert will be contracted to carry out historical research for a maximum of $6,600 including tax. The title of the project is Historical research and writing - community heritage project of the Municipality of Pontiac. $7,000 has been received as a grant from the CLD des Collines and CRÉO, and the municipality has reserved a further $3,000 for the project.

Money matters
The following were approved since the last regular meeting:
For January, invoices amounting to $76,521; For December and January, fixed expenses of $367,159. Incurred expenses for February: $14,255.
A maximum of $25,000 including tax for installing play structures in Parc Bellevue. Tenders will be requested.
$10,000 for LIDAR data for the municipality, for use by the planning, public works and fire departments. (LIDAR (Light Detection and Ranging) systems allow both natural and manmade environments to be mapped with accuracy, precision, and flexibility. LIDAR data can produce more accurate shoreline maps, make digital elevation models for use in geographic information systems, and assist in emergency response operations.)
$5,000 will be offered to the municipality of Cantley to buy a 2004 Dodge RAM equipped with fire department equipment. An additional $1,300 plus tax is authorized for buying winter tires and rims.
RPGL avocats are retained as municipal lawyers for a further year, for $2,500.
$1,715.80 to the Commission Scolaire des Portages-de-l’Outaouais to replace equipment used by the community in the Notre-Dame-de-la-Joie school gym.

Minutes of council meetings are posted on the municipal website. www.municipalitepontiac.com/en/council-and-municipal-committees/minutes-of-council-meetings/
(En français, Procès verbaux) www.municipalitepontiac.com/fr/conseil-et-comites-municipaux/proces-verbaux/
Mo’s reports are archived at: www.heritagepontiac.ca/Municipality