Regular meeting, June 1, 2020
May 28, 2020

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Council meeting Summary

Funding support for walking trails

In October 2019 Wakefield Trails applied for a grant for maintaining existing walking trails on public lands (La Pêche’s or NCC’s) and building new ones on private lands. The 2020 budget includes $2,000 for cutting down trees and $10,000 to maintain and improve trails in the Wakefield area, for a total of $12,000. Since May 20, people have been gradually getting back into outdoor recreation, including hiking—always according to the principles of social distancing and the other recommendations of public health authorities—so Council is now releasing the funds.
The grant will be paid in two equal instalments: the first on approval of the resolution; the second on submission of the activity report.

Approved projects supported by the Local Sustainability and Environmental Protection Fund

The Green Fund was set up with two calls for projects, one with a deadline of March 1 and the other September 1. A total of 18 eligible La Pêche organizations applied for the March 1 deadline. This first running of the Green Fund will award $92,042 to the 12 projects in the table below, assuming they produce the required documentation. The Green Fund’s leveraging effect can be observed in the third column, showing the percentage of total funding provided by the Municipality.

      Bear in mind that the selected projects still have a number of steps to complete in the project authorization and consent process.

      Project and applicant



      Implementation of organic waste collection, Municipality of La Pêche



      Eurasian water-milfoil: Beating an Invasive Species, Gauvreau Lake Environmental Protection Association



      Educational series, La Pêche Coalition for a Green New Deal (LPCGND)



      A manual for neighbourhood resilience in La Pêche, Gary Martin



      Waste management and sustainability improvements to Clinique médicale des Collines, Clinique médicale des Collines Inc.



      Effects of boats on the proliferation of invasive species, Municipality of La Pêche



      Recycling stations in CISSS de l’Outaouais facilities, Centre intégré de santé et des services sociaux de l’Outaouais



      Solar La Pêche, Ron Verbeek



      Study for Lac Gauvreau recovery, Lac GauvrEAU Secours



      Farmhop, Roots and Shoots Farm



      Shoreline protection awareness project, Friends of the Gatineau River



      The EZHarvester and carbon-neutral honey goal, Apiverte Inc.



      *Special conditions based on approval of funding from the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM)

      The 2019–2023 Strategic Plan also lists, as Objective 10, establishing a sustainable strategy of economic development based on local attractions, initiative, and the local economy. And because of the COVID-19 pandemic and its effects on individuals and retail business, Council authorizes the payment of the remaining balance of the 2019 Green Fund reserve for new projects to support local economic recovery.

      Partnership with CSPO on construction of a municipal library

      An August 2018 resolution by Council committed the Municipality to contribute financially to expand the future school gymnasium in Cœur-des-Collines, making it a double instead of a single gymnasium. Ultimately however, the project filed by Commission scolaire des portages de l’Outaouais (CSPO) and approved by Ministre de l’Éducation et de l’Enseignement supérieur (MEES) included a double gymnasium, rendering the Municipality’s contribution unnecessary.

      The Municipality does however want a new municipal library, as stated in Objective 1 of the 2019–2023 Strategic Plan and in the 2022–2022 Three-Year Capital Expenditure Plan. The library project is an opportunity for the Municipality to partner with CSPO for the benefit of kids at the school and everyone living in La Pêche. Combining the new municipal library with the school expansion has significant financial and logistical advantage for both parties.

      For the Municipality, the partnership is aligned with key principles in that

      • The land and building belong to the Municipality
      • There will be separate entrances for the general public and students of the school
      • Opening hours will be established for the benefit of both sets of users
      • An agreement will be made between the parties to specify each party’s responsibilities in matters of project funding, management, and shared operating costs
      • An agreement will be made between the parties regarding long-term use of the new library as well as operating and maintenance expenses
      • All present and future grants applied for by CSPO or the Municipality to build or operate the library will be applied to the project

      Council therefore partners with CSPO on the construction of a new community library. The library will be municipal property and construction will be folded into the project to expand École au Cœur-des-Collines. Marco Déry, Director General, is tasked with preparation of the necessary project agreements, which will then be subject to approval by Council.

      Professional services contract awarded to Solinov

      To help the Municipality attain the 2020 ministerial targets for waste management, La Pêche has hired Solinov consulting to conduct a comparative study of two approaches to organic waste recovery. In August 2019, Solinov filed a report recommending that the Municipality opt for door-to-door collection (third stream), together with MRC de la Vallée-de-la-Gatineau (MRCVG).

      Solinov, which is also supporting MRCVG in implementing third stream collection, prepared the documentation required to apply for project funding from the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM). A $39,500 grant was awarded by FCM to go with the $20,679 the project received from the municipal Green Fund.

      To ensure continuity, support collaboration with lead project partner MRC de la Vallée-de-la-Gatineau, and optimize project delivery costs, Council awards the professional services contract for an estimated $57,320 to Solinov to complete the implementation of door-to-door source-separated organic waste collection (third stream).

      Bilateral promise to sell and buy land

      In its 2019–2023 Strategic Plan, the Municipality established four guiding principles, including Partnership, so that “the actions it takes on behalf of residents have a positive and lasting impact and are as coordinated as possible.” The Municipality works together with its partners to maintain and improve services to the public.

      Le Centre intégré de santé et des services sociaux de l’Outaouais (CISSSO) has made many attempts to find a site in Sainte-Cécile-de-Masham area where to relocate the CLSC. To support these efforts, Council expresses its support for the relocation to Ministère de la Santé et des Services sociaux and CISSSO. It authorizes the signature of a bilateral promise to sell and buy a lot that belongs to the Municipality in the Ste-Cécile-de-Masham area so that CISSSO can relocate. The CISSSO board of directors approved a decision to that effect in May 2020.

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