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Regular Meeting, February 3, 2020
February 3rd, 2020

Some decisions of the meeting

    Acquisition of the Voila! portal for residents

    The Municipality has been using PG Solutions software for permits and complaints since 2004 and its financial suite since 2008. PG Solutions has developed Voilà!, a portal for residents that centralizes their information in one place. It includes a mobile app and a desktop version and integrates with the software currently used by the Municipality. Residents will be able to access their personal file, including their tax account and information on their property. They will also be able to apply for permits and make non-urgent requests online. In addition, the software will allow the Municipality to send out emergency notifications and target communications to specific sectors.

    By this resolution, Council authorizes the acquisition of the Voilà! platform, in keeping with the 2019–2023 strategic plan, which emphasizes quality of life for residents.

    The various modules will be up and running soon. Stay tuned for more news on Voilà!

    Creation of a first responder department

    In fall 2019, the Fire Department submitted a proposal for a first responder department to Council, which was approved in principal (see the council meeting summary for November 4, 2019 ). Following further analysis by the municipal administration, Council authorizes, by this resolution, the creation of the department.A memorandum of understanding will be signed with Centre de santé et des services sociaux de l’Outaouais (CISSSO), which will provide La Pêche firefighters with free training and equipment. For some medical calls, residents will benefit from a first responder service provided by firefighters in addition to ambulance services.

    The implementation process is underway in partnership with CISSSO. It will launch shortly.

    Funding for community organizations – Financial aid and sponsorships

    The Municipality has budgeted $141,250 to support community organizations and associations in La Pêche in 2020. This support is provided under the Financial Support Policy, which was adopted in 2015 .

    By this resolution, Council authorizes the payment of grants to the organizations as indicated in the table below, subject to compliance with certain requirements, including providing a financial statement for the previous year and filing an activity report.

    View the 2020 funding table (in French)

    In addition to this financial support for organizations, the Municipality has budgeted $15,250 to sponsor events that attract large numbers of people from outside our community. As with the Financial Support Policy, sponsorship payments will be made in accordance with the Sponsorship Policy, in effect since October 2015, as indicated in the table below.

    View the 2020 sponsorship table (in French)

    Application for funding to build a multi-sport park in Sainte-Cécile-de-Masham – Québec funding program for recreational and sports infrastructure, 2020 call for projects

    In order to maintain recreational and sports infrastructure and increase public access to it, the Québec and Canadian governments established a funding program (PAFIRS-EBI) for building, remodelling, upgrading, and renovating facilities. This funding program is part of theInvesting in Canada Plan, a federal program for which the Québec and Canadian governments signed the Integrated Bilateral Agreement (IBA) in summer 2018.

    Following the Recreation Commission’s recommendation, La Pêche will submit a grant application under the program to build a multi-sport park in the heart of Sainte-Cécile-de-Masham.

    By this resolution, Council authorizes the submission of a grant application to Ministère de l’Éducation et de l’Enseignement supérieur, the body responsible for the program. Council also confirms its financial commitment for its share of eligible project costs (minimum 20% of direct costs, all incidental costs ineligible for financial assistance, and operating costs).

    Non-Municipal committees

    By this resolution, Council names members to the following non-Municipal committees.

    Régie intermunicipale de transport des Collines (Transcollines): Francis Beausoleil (substitute: Guillaume Lamoureux)

    Comité de jumelage Roquebrune/La Pêche: Francis Beausoleil and Claude Giroux

    Réseau Biblio Outaouais: Carolane Larocque

    Coopérative de solidarité Wakefield La Pêche: Pamela Ross

    Hiring of a project manager for public works and the environment – Public Works Department

    Two candidates stood out during the hiring process carried out by the HR department at Fédération québécoise des municipalités (FQM) to fill the position of Public Works project manager ( see decision at the December 16 meeting ). One is an engineer and member of Ordre des ingénieurs du Québec and has the expertise required to carry out projects listed in the Public Works Department’s 2020 work plan. As stated in the 2019–2023 strategic plan, human resources is one of the key challenges facing the Municipality. Given that funding for this new position is available from a range of programs the Municipality has already used or will use, the Council ratifies the recruitment of Benoît Doré on a temporary full-time basis as project manager for public works and the environment.

    Welcome Mr. Doré!

    Notice of motion – Draft borrowing bylaws and capital expenditures

    Three notices of motion are given for borrowing bylaws and capital expenditures:

    • Draft By-law 20-805: Establishment of a firefighter training centre and purchase of equipment, land, and vehicles at a cost of $1,045,000, based on the estimates provided in Appendix A of the draft bylaw (French only)
    • Draft By-law 20-806 (French only): Repair of roads, sidewalks, shoulders, ditches, and culverts at an estimated cost of $2,385,000
    • Draft By-law 20-807: Study for a municipal garage and a development plan for parks and green spaces at an estimated cost of $94,489.