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Regular meeting, April 6, 2020
April 6, 2020

Next council meeting to be held online

To prevent the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19), Order No. 2020-004 of Ministère de la Santé et des Services sociaux issued on March 15, 2020, authorizes the Municipal Council to sit behind closed doors and authorizes its members to participate, deliberate, and vote during a meeting using any means of communication.

Public gatherings are also prohibited under Order No. 2020-008.

However, the Municipal Council believes in the importance of citizen engagement and transparent decision-making, so the Monday, April 6 meeting will be held online.

Residents with Internet access can join the webinar via this link:

https://zoom.us/j/495748916

If you do not have Internet access, you can participate by phone using one of these phone numbers:

+1 778 907 2071

+1 438 809 7799

+1 587 328 1099

+1 647 374 4685

+1 647 558 0588

Webinar ID : 495 748 916


    SUMMARY OF THE APRIL COUNCIL MEETING

    Rescue boat purchase
    Because the Municipality has an important obligation to keep its lakes and rivers safe, a boat is needed for rescue operations. A rescue boat purchase was included in the 2020–2022 three-year capital asset plan. A call for tenders was issued, and Council awarded the contract to Aqua-services for a total of $12,233 (plus tax). The amount will be earmarked to By-law 19-786 and will be reimbursable over five years.

    Applications for minor variations and adoption of bylaws postponed

    Because of social distancing and the ban on public gatherings, as set out in Order No. 2020-008 from Ministère de la Santé et des Services sociaux, we can no longer hold the required public consultations so we have had to postpone adoption of all applications for minor variations and draft bylaws to amend urban development or zoning plans.

    Support for Meals on Wheels (Maison de la famille L’Étincelle)

    Maison de la famille L’Étincelle has asked for more funding to bring meals to more clients through the Meals on Wheels program. Residents of MRC des Collines with a physical or mental health problem are eligible for home delivery of low-cost meals. Demand has risen due to the unusual COVID-19 situation. More funding would help the program boost weekly production and serve ten additional people (60% of clients are vulnerable La Pêche residents) for eight weeks.
    Given that the Recreation Department has some flexibility in its regular budget to fund the request, Council approved a one-time payment of $1,500 to Maison de la famille L’Étincelle so it can feed more clients who are not served by other food relief programs in the area.

    Adoption of the policy on recording and streaming Municipal Council meetings

    One of Municipal Council’s objectives in the 2019–2023 Strategic Plan is to teach residents about municipal life and raise awareness about how the municipal apparatus works, about municipal services and infrastructure, and about special projects that have an impact on their lives. This can easily be done by sharing information about decisions made in council meetings. To that end, Municipal Council wants to record and stream council meetings. Given that council meetings are public and that any natural or legal person attending a meeting may want to record and stream it, Municipal Council has adopteda policyto regulate how this will be done.

    Adoption of the capital expenditure policy

    One of the goals of Municipal Council’s 2019–2023 Strategic Plan is to develop a municipal real estate management plan.

    The capital expenditure policy uses preset municipal criteria to identify, categorize, and recognize fixed-asset and amortization expenditures that have a material impact on the Municipality’s financial situation.

    Support for Bell – Call for projects under the CRTC Broadband Fund

    As part of the call for projects launched under the CRTC Broadband Fund, Bell will submit a proposal for certain eligible sectors of our municipality. The project will have substantial economic benefits for our shops, our agricultural and tourism businesses, the self-employed, and the residents of our MRC who work outside our region (by encouraging telecommuting for a higher quality of life). For all these reasons, by this resolution the Municipal Council supports the Bell project.

    Request for a review of road safety measures and speed controls on Route 366 in Sainte-Cécile-de-Masham

    MTQ (Ministère des Transports du Québec) is planning major repairs to Route 366 between Sainte-Cécile-de-Masham and Autoroute 5. The Municipality is also planning to extend the sidewalks in the eastern sector of the town’s outskirts, up to Chemin Kennedy.

    The population in the area has been growing significantly for a number of years, but there are no pedestrian crossings. Because this is a high-traffic area, there is a higher risk of accidents. Heavy vehicles use Chemin de la Beurrerie, and the entrance to Gatineau Park is very close to the Beurrerie/Rue Principale intersection. The Municipality also wishes to relocate city hall there.
    For all these reasons, Municipal Council has asked MTQ for a full review of the road safety and speed control measures from the limits of Sainte-Cécile-de-Masham to Autoroute 5. Residents have been calling for such a review for years, and the municipal Urban Planning, Public Works, and Recreation departments recognize the importance of carrying out a review for safety reasons and to foster active transportation and healthy habits.

    A copy of the resolution has been sent to MP Robert Bussière.

    Support for Régie intermunicipale de transport des Collines (Transcollines)

    MTQ provides financial backing to Transcollines through a variety of programs, including the paratransit subsidy program, the public transportation development assistance program, and the mass transit government assistance program. MTQ is behind in paying subsidies totalling more than $1,700,000 for part of 2019 and all of 2020, but services are still being provided. The shortfall is putting transportation services at risk at this time of confinement when they are considered essential. Because the Municipality considers public transportation a priority, Municipal Council expresses its support for Transcollines in its dealings with MTQ and underlines the urgency of MTQ paying the amounts due, especially since Transcollines only has enough funding to maintain current operations for one more month.