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Regular meeting, January 13, 2020
January 13, 2020


COUNCIL MEETING SUMMARY

Adoption of By-law 20-801to set property tax rates and fees for the fiscal year, the conditions for collection, and the tax for household waste and recycling collection for 2020

With this resolution, Council adopted By-law 20-801 setting property tax rates and fees for various services for 2020. The following is a summary of the tax items in the by-law:

Property tax rates

Catégories

2019

2020

Variation (%)

Residential

0.71502

0.66540

-6.94%

Non-residential

0.92942

0.92942

0%

Industrial

1.02643

1.02643

0%

6 or more units

0.87372

0.66540

-23.84%

Agricultural

0.70100

0.65550

- 6.94%



Taxes on services - fees (residential)

2019

2020

Recreation

$40

$40

Household Waste

$220

$220

Fire Department

N/A

$65

Public Safety and Security

N/A

$120

With these rates and fees, the tax increase for 2020 is $64 for a median-value account . See the full tax by-law for more information:By-law 20-801

Adoption of By-law 20-804 decreeing an expenditure of $1,257,056 and a loan of $1,257,056 for professional engineering services and the drawing up of plans and specifications for various roads and for the future city hall

With this resolution, Council adoptedBy-law 20-804to have plans and specifications drawn up for various roads and for the future city hall. Detailed project estimates are included in the by-law.

Digicom wireless Internet access point in the bell tower of the Ste-Cécile-de-Masham church and Support for Digicom for the “Régions branchées” RFP as part of the “Québec haut débit” program and the CRTC Broadband Fund

The Municipality received a proposal from Digicom to install a commercial-grade wireless Internet access point (WAP) in the bell tower of the Sainte-Cécile church. The access point is expected to serve more than 530 lots, 210 of which do not yet have wireless Internet access, and some of which do not even have DSL phone service.

The access point would be a boon for future development of this sector and would address the needs of businesses and institutions, especially since this sector is not eligible for provincial and federal subsidy programs.

Under the proposal, the Sainte-Cécile parish corporation would receive a monthly payment from Digicom for use of the bell tower, which would go toward its activities and operations.The Municipality would also receive a monthly sum per customer served for the duration of the bell tower’s use.

In light of the above and the objectives set out in the 2019–2023 Strategic Plan—specifically to develop our urban perimeters and Internet and cellular connectivity by mobilizing our partners—Council agreed to contribute $16,000 toward financing the Digicom project, or $30 per lot served. Under the Municipal Powers Act , the Municipality has the authority to provide financial assistance for such a project, especially since projections indicate the project could be self-financing within five to nine years. The funds will come from rebates of GST and QST collected following La Pêche’s participation in the Rapide-O-Web project under the provincial “Communautés rurales branchées” program in 2012.

In a second by-law, Council supported the Digicom project submitted under the “Régions branchés” program recently launched by Ministère de l’Économie et de l’Innovation and the Québec Government. The purpose of the “Québec haut débit” program is to support projects that aim to offer residents, organizations, and businesses in rural areas access to highspeed Internet (HSI) that is comparable in quality and cost to the HSI available in urban areas. Digicom will also be submitting its project shortly to the Broadband Fund of the CRTC (Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission).

Wireless technology is still a viable option in many areas across our broad territory, which tends to be overlooked by the major telecommunications companies. Digicom already provides service to some 300 residences and cottages and hopes to expand to areas that are eligible but as yet unserved.

In addition to offering its support, Council agreed to negotiate with Digicom to allow it to use the surplus fibre optic network that CSPO is in the process of transferring to the Municipality and to facilitate Digicom’s operations during network implementation.

Appointment to the Centre Wakefield La Pêche Cooperative

With this resolution, Council appointed a new municipal representative to sit on the board of directors of the Centre Wakefield La Pêche Cooperative, namely Ward 5 Councillor Pamela Ross. Ms. Ross succeeds Ward 6 Councillor Claude Giroux, who was a member of the centre’s board of directors for several years. Council thanks him for his work with this organization.