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Regular meeting, December 2
December 2nd, 2019

Some decisions of the Council:
    Change in dates and number of 2020 tax payments
    At the December 2 meeting, Municipal Council adopted a resolution to change the tax payment dates and the number of tax payments for the 2020 fiscal year. As of January 1, 2020, the number of payment stubs on your tax bill will go from six to three, with payments due every 90 days (once every three months).
    This will make it easier for residents to manage payments (reducing the risk of forgetting a payment and losing the associated privileges), with larger stubs that are easier to understand and a bigger window for those who receive a supplemental tax bill at the end of the year. The change will also bring substantial benefits for the municipal administration, making it easier to process tax accounts, streamlining payment processing management, reducing the risk of allocation errors in property sale transactions, and more. The three payment stubs must be submitted by the following deadlines: 1st payment – 30 days after the bill date
    2nd payment – 90 days after the first payment due date
    3rd payment – 90 days after the second payment due date It is important to note that even though there are fewer stubs, the payment period remains the same. In a second resolution, Council revoked the option to make tax payments by credit card in order to reduce administrative costs. Accepting this type of payment method costs the Municipality more than $25,000/year. From now on, taxes will only be payable by debit, cheque, or cash. However, credit card payments will still be accepted for certain items such as ice time rentals and various permits and licences. 

    Civil Security Plan Adoption
    The Regulation respecting warning and mobilization procedures and minimum rescue services required for the protection of persons and property in the event of a disaster came into effect on November 9. This provincial regulation applies to all local municipalities and is intended to increase their level of readiness for real or imminent major disasters and increase their autonomy and ability to protect their population in such events. Therefore, as of that date, all Québec municipalities are required to adopt a civil protection plan that specifies the steps taken in advance to meet the main common needs that may arise in such situations.
    With this resolution, Municipal Council adopts the Municipality’s Civil Security Plan and appoints the fire chief as municipal civil security coordinator and the director general as deputy municipal coordinator. The civil security plan will soon be available on the Municipality website.

    Bridge work – Chemin de la Prairie
    The bridge deck on Chemin de la Prairie is in need of major repairs and widening to ensure user safety. Ministère des Transports du Québec is planning the work for 2020 or 2021. In the public’s interest, Municipal Council supports the Chemin de la Prairie bridge work project and authorizes the actions required to complete it.

    Planéo Conseil mandated with mapping of Sainte-Cécile-de-Masham SPP
    One of the strategic objectives identified in the 2019–2023 Strategic Plan is to adopt a special planning program (SPP) for the Sainte-Cécile-de-Masham sector. In order to develop the SPP, high quality maps must be drawn up. Since the Municipality has neither the computer-assisted drafting program nor the qualified human resources needed to carry out this work, Council passed this resolution to mandate the firm Planéo Conseil to carry out the mapping required for the Sainte-Cécile-de-Masham SPP for a sum of $4,000.

    Municipalization of Chemin des Tournesols
    The developer Développement GP submitted an official request to bring Chemin des Tournesols under municipal management. Municipal Council authorized this request subject to the following three conditions:
    • The road must comply with applicable technical requirements.
    • At least 50% of the lots must be built or under construction.
    • The income generated from general yearly taxation on the buildings constructed and entered on the roll must be sufficient to cover the costs of road maintenance (snow removal, summer maintenance, and other costs).

    Congratulations to the organizers and participants of the Christmas Light Parade
    The Municipal Council congratulates all those who contributed in any way to the success of the 2nd edition of the Christmas light parade. It was a great success.