Regular meeting, September 3, 2019
September 3rd, 2019

Some decisions of the municipal council:

    Shoreline stabilization, Chemin de la Batteuse 

    Resolution 18-646 planning municipal roadwork to be done in 2019 called for raising the surface of Chemin de la Batteuse this year, which was done on August 30. The flooding earlier in 2019 however has seriously undermined the pavement, and embankment stabilization is now necessary on a segment of about 75 metres. This involves getting a certificate of authorization from MELCC (Ministère de l’Environnement et de la Lutte contre les changements climatiques). La Pêche Public Works has been quoted $14,500 by J. F. Sabourin and Associates to coordinate the entire project of stabilizing the embankments, including preliminary studies, plans, and specifications as well applications for MELCC authorization. Council’s resolution awards the contract to coordinate the Chemin de la Batteuse stabilization project to the firm in question.

    Rehabilitation, Chemin Pritchard

    Resolution 18-646 planning municipal roadwork to be done in 2019 called for improvements to Chemin Pritchard this year. Part of the road however is actually in the Municipality of Low: a roughly 110-metre stretch starting at Route 105. Nonetheless, given the deterioration of the road structure over the years, as well as the fact that most people who use the road are from La Pêche, Council is of the view that it would be better to fix the whole road, from Route 105 to the property at 679 Route 105. Municipal Council’s resolution gives the go-ahead to proceed with road improvements all along Chemin Pritchard, including the section in Low, from Route 105 to the property at 679 Route 105. It also mandates La Pêche to approach the Municipality of Low in view of making an intermunicipal agreement to recover a portion of the costs.

    Unplanned repairs, Chemin Riverside

    The culvert reconstruction on Chemin Riverside was to be followed by paving and reconstruction of the sidewalk. However, a problem was found while preparing the road for the asphalting stage: a manhole drainage well was discovered to be seriously degraded and showing clear signs of impending collapse. It called for immediate and unscheduled corrective action. Construction Edelweiss ultimately did the work at a cost of $25,000, which can be allocated under borrowing bylaw 225-15 of MRC des Collines-de-l'Outaouais. Council’s resolution ratifies the cost of Construction Edelweiss’s repairs to the manhole drainage well located at 771 Chemin Riverside near Chemin de la Vallée-de-Wakefield in the amount of $25,000 and allocates that cost to MRC des Collines-de-l'Outaouais borrowing bylaw 225-15 as part of the work on the Chemin Riverside culvert in La Pêche.

    Absence of the councillor for Ward 2, Lac-des-Loups

    Ward 2 municipal councillor Michel Gervais has been absent for health reasons since June 26, 2019. The Act respecting elections and referendums in municipalities, RLRQ, c. E-2.2, provides however in Section 317 for the possibility of extending the maximum period a councillor may be absent from council meetings for serious reasons. Council’s resolution thus extends the period Ward 2 councillor Michel Gervais may be absent from council meetings so that it runs to November 4, 2019, inclusive, and wishes him a speedy recovery.

    MRC de la Vallée-de-la-Gatineau (MRCVG) mandate, Trans Canada Trail 

    Véloroute des Draveurs is core infrastructure that holds great promise for the development of tourism in rural Outaouais, particularly for municipalities along the Gatineau River. The route is now completely worked out, running from the Municipality of Messines to the Low and La Pêche municipal border near Farrellton. La Pêche also has a section of the Great Trail along the former rail corridor between the municipal border of Low and Farrellton Bridge. La Pêche is now seeking a preliminary assessment of a possible bike path specifically to link up with the intersection between Low and Farrellton Bridge. It has applied to MRC de la Vallée-de-la-Gatineau for the assessment at a total estimated cost of $12,500 (before taxes). La Pêche has also received a grant for 50% of the eligible cost from Trans Canada Trail for the assessment. The idea of a regional bike path in La Pêche has been under study for more than a decade and this is the necessary next step if it is to go forward. Council’s resolution therefore mandates MRC de la Vallée-de-la-Gatineau to conduct a preliminary assessment of the bike path route as specified in the proposal, at a total estimated cost of $12,500 (before taxes).