Regular meeting, March 1
March 1st, 2021

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    Council Summary
    • 2020 Annual Management Report approved

    One of three communication objectives in the Municipality’s 2019‒2023 strategic plan is to better inform citizens about the workings of their municipal government. The Municipality therefore committed to releasing an annual report on municipal administration.

    The report presents the mission of each municipal department together with the department’s members, principal achievements, annual highlights, and major projects underway.

    The Municipal Council adopted its second annual management report, for 2020, and thanked all municipal employees for their commitment to La Pêche.

    • Resolution passed endorsing the declaration of intent on democracy and respect

    Polarization of public opinion in traditional media and particularly social media is leading to an increase in aggressive statements and intimidation of elected municipal officials. The situation has worsened since the beginning of the COVID-19 crisis in 2020. Intimidation, threats, and verbal violence have no place in a democracy and undermine public trust and recognition of democratic institutions. Respect is a fundamental building block of a democratic society, as is recognition of major freedoms, including freedom of expression. A respectful democracy must honour the function of elected official and affirm the nature and authority of institutions.Union des municipalités du Québec (UMQ) launched a province-wide campaign on democracy and respect on December 4, 2020, adopting a declaration of intent on the theme of “respectful democracy through respect for democracy.”

    Municipal Council passed a resolution endorsing UMQ’s declaration and has undertaken to support municipal elected officials and all spheres of municipal governance to promote municipal democracy and boost the public’s trust in democratic institutions.

    • Appointment of members of the public to the Special Planning Program (SPP) Committee for the Sainte-Cécile-de-Masham sector

    As part of the SPP process for Sainte-Cécile-de-Masham, a task force will be created made up of four elected officials, the planning and environment director, and four members of the public.

    Following a call for applications, a number of residents expressed an interest in helping the Committee develop the SPP.

    A Municipal Council resolution appointed the following people to the task force:

    • Amélie Gervais, Biologist
    • Jean-Christophe Gandubert, Manager of Parks, Outdoor Activities, and Sports Facilities
    • Christian Schnob, Land Surveyor
    • A representative of the professional business community in La Pêche

    • Fire Department staff members appointed to permanent officer positions

    A number of members of the Municipality’s Fire Department have held interim positions for several years while shouldering all the responsibilities incumbent on officers. The Fire Chief wishes to regularize his department’s organizational structure by appointing some of these staff members to permanent officer positions and changing the positions of others. Municipal Council has therefore confirmed the following permanent appointments, retroactive to January 4, 2021:

    • Marco Renaud - Captain, Fire Station A, Masham
    • Michel Larocque - Lieutenant, Fire Station B, Masham
    • Étienne Langevin Robertson - Captain, Wakefield Fire Station
    • Jean-Sébastien Saia - Lieutenant, Wakefield Fire Station
    • Jason Prévost - Lieutenant, Wakefield Fire Station

    All of these staff members have committed to completing Officer 1 training, required by the Regulation respecting the conditions governing the exercise of functions within a municipal fire safety service under the Fire Safety Act.

    • Contract granted to build a public art structure in the central park in Sainte-Cécile-de-Masham

    Thirteen artists responded to a call for proposals inviting Outaouais artists to present ideas for a permanent public art structure in the future park in Sainte-Cécile-de-Masham. The selection committee recommended Sally Lee Sheeks’s project to the Council.

    For more information on her concept, please see the press release.

    • “Designated municipal officer” appointed

    Municipal Council passed a resolution to appoint Claude Lachaine as municipal officer to enforce the animal control bylaw in La Pêche.

    Mr. Lachaine’s company, Anitek, is in charge of animal control for the Municipality.

    • Borrowing bylaw 21-821 passed

    After a Notice of Motion was tabled at the February 1 meeting, the Municipal Council passed Borrowing By-law 21-821for a loan in the amount of $1,170,000 that will be used to purchase equipment, tools, vehicles, and land and develop various municipal parks as per estimates provided in Appendix A of the by-law .

    Council is authorized to borrow $120,000 over a period of 5 years and $1,050,000 over 10 years. Any subsidies received that can serve to pay for expenses will be used to reduce the amount of the loan.