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Regular meeting, May 4, 2020
May 4, 2020


MAY COUNCIL MEETING SUMMARY

Deferral of interest on 2020 tax instalments and other due dates

In light of the particular circumstances the COVID-19 pandemic has imposed on us all, Council at its special March 20, 2020, meeting suspended the accrual of interest on payments due for the period of March 16 to May 16, 2020. Council’s resolution extends that suspension of interest charges to July 16, 2020.

Postponement of the yard sale pilot project

A resolution was passed at the regular March 2 council meeting making May 16, 17, and 18, 2020, designated yard sale days in La Pêche. However, given the COVID-19 emergency in Québec and the necessity of maintaining a distance of 2 metres between individuals, the pilot project will be postponed to a later date.

Le Grenier des Collines requests emergency food donations

The mission of Le Grenier des Collines is to provide food security for the people of MRC des Collines, and requests for food assistance are up significantly at Le Grenier des Collines since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. It has therefore requested emergency help to meet the demand.

Given that Recreation, Culture and Community Living has enough room in its regular budget for it, Council has authorized a one-time donation of $3,250. The money will make it possible to feed more of the people affected by these extraordinary circumstances.

Draft By-Law 20-810 modifying Zoning By-Law 03-429 approved: integrated residential project in Zone RB-604

The new owners of the former Parc Vorlage mobile home park in the Wakefield sector applied for an amendment to Zoning By-law 03-429, as amended, so that Groupe Zelo could build an integrated residential project with approximately 56 housing units.

The bylaw is in keeping with the planning and development guidelines and objectives in the Wakefield sector’s special planning program (SPP), including optimization of land use, profitability of equipment and infrastructure through increased density and promotion of more diverse housing construction methods on underutilized vacant lots in the central sector (village core) while protecting natural habitats and landscapes.

However, due to the COVID-19 lockdowns imposed by the Canadian and Québec governments, the procedures for passing bylaws, public consultations, and approval of eligible voters as set forth in the Act respecting land use planning and development (A-19.1) have been adjusted as per Ministerial Order 2020-004 of March 15, 2020, and Ministerial Order 2020-008 of March 22, 2020.

Council has therefore made By-law 20-810 a priority, both because of its economic significance for the community and the strong public support it enjoys.

Residents named to the Farming Commission

After two meetings by videoconferencing, Council appoints Mark Boyd (cattle farmer), Victor Drury (cattle farmer), Jessica Weatherhead (produce farmer), Clémentine Mattesco (produce and alpaca farmer), Pierre Burgoyne (nursery farmer), and Myles Mahon, urban planner, to sit on La Pêche’s farming commission together with mayor Guillaume Lamoureux, Ward 5 councillor Pamela Ross, and Ward 4 councillor Carolane Larocque. The commission's task is to make recommendations to Council on a variety of subjects relating to agriculture in the La Pêche.

Notice of Motion: By-Law 20-811 respecting a pilot project allowing people to keep laying hens

The Municipality wants to allow people to keep laying hens in La Pêche, particularly on residential property. It would like to set up a pilot project, which would run for two years. There would be rules and conditions to minimize inconvenience for the community.

A Notice of Motion has been tabled, to be voted on at a future council meeting. Some highlights:

  • Between 3 and 5 hens for residential properties, which must be at least 700m2 in area, with only one single-family residential building. Hens may also be authorized on a vacant lot adjacent to a lot with a main residential building belonging to the same owner.
  • Hens must be kept in a clean, properly maintained henhouse or screened outdoor enclosure at a certain distance from lakes, watercourses, or wetlands.
  • Hens may not be kept inside a residence or cage and roosters and chicks are not allowed. None of the production from the hens may be sold (eggs, meat, manure, etc.)
  • Permits will be required and will cost $20.

See the full French text of the draft bylaw for all the details.


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