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Regular meeting, December 7, 2020
December 7, 2020

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    SUMMARY OF DECEMBER COUNCIL MEETING

    • Application to the Québec government’s AccèsLogis program

    Some 305,590 households in Québec lack adequate and affordable housing. The lockdowns and other trials people in Québec and around the world are still going through in these unprecedented times remind us more than ever that decent housing is too often taken for granted. What’s more, construction of social and community housing will help support Quebec’s economic recovery: every dollar invested in community housing projects generates $2.30 in economic activity in the construction industry. Investment in community housing targets a twofold objective: helping our most vulnerable households while generating a significant economic impact.

    In support of the initiative headed up by Association des groupes de ressources techniques du Québec (AGRTQ), the Municipality is asking the Québec government to fund 10,000 new social and community housing units and to make social and community housing central to its economic recovery plan. A copy of the resolution was sent to Andrée Laforest, Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing; Sonia Lebel, Chair of the Conseil du trésor; Eric Girard, Minister of Finance; and Éric Simon, Executive Director of AGRTQ.

    • Adoption of the amended application policy for the local green fund reserved for sustainable development and environmental protection

    The Green Fund Application Policy was adopted by Municipal Council in October 2019. Since its inception, two calls for proposals have funded 19 projects. Now that the policy has been up and running for one year, the Green Fund Analysis Committee is recommending changes to add information and clarify how applications are analyzed. The changes include the following:

    - Certain project deliverables must be submitted to the Analysis Committee in French.

    - More tie-ins to the 2019‒2023 Strategic Plan (guiding principles and strategic objectives) are requested.

    - The environmental priorities of the project must be highlighted.

    - Expenses incurred prior to the submission of a project application may be approved. For example, for consulting services for preparing applications to the Fund, up to 90 days prior to the application submission date.

    The new version of the Municipal Green Fund Application Policy is available on the Municipality website.

    • Reimbursement for certain activities – Redistribution of public security costs for 2018‒2020

    MRC des Collines has had jurisdiction over the provision of public security services (police, 911, etc.) since November 1994. A portion of the Public Security Service’s costs are distributed on the basis of the activities carried out. However, certain activities have been attributed to the Municipality of La Pêche because the Public Security Service’s headquarters is on its territory. The Municipality of La Pêche’s share has therefore been overestimated, and the cost of these activities must be redistributed equitably among the seven (7) municipalities. The financial analysis shows that the Municipality of La Pêche has been overbilled for an amount of $73,900.82 for 2018, 2019, and 2020.

    By adopting this resolution, Municipal Council approves the reimbursement of the sum of $73,900.82 by MRC des Collines. The reimbursement will be applied to the Municipality of La Pêche’s annual share for the years 2021 to 2025. It has already been refunded for 2020.

    • Red zone - MRC des Collines

    Since the beginning of the pandemic, the Municipality of La Pêche has been following the instructions and recommendations issued by provincial authorities to minimize the spread of the COVID-19 virus. The Municipality is aware that these measures are restrictive and that they limit the activities of individuals and businesses, but hopes that these measures will be over soon. The Municipality puts top priority on following these instructions and recommendations to protect the health of its citizens.

    A petition is circulating to have the status of MRC des Collines de l’Outaouais changed from a red zone to an orange zone as soon as possible. Municipal Council would therefore like to inform the media, its regional partners, and its residents that Municipal Council neither initiated the petition nor supports it. It is a personal initiative of a Municipal Council member, who does not speak on behalf of the Municipality.

    Municipal Council thanks its residents for their efforts and perseverance in respecting the health regulations in force.

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