• James Armstrong

Rigaud infrastructure project receives province’s approval in record time


Rigaud town council will move forward with infrastructure projects after receiving provincial approval in record time

Mayor Hans Gruenwald Jr. made the announcement that the provincial government had approved the loan by-law funding the building of the new town hall, fire station and municipal garage at the monthly municipal council meeting held on Monday evening. “Normally, it takes six weeks,” said the mayor. “In this case, it was one week. Things are moving in Rigaud.”

The announcement came as council approved the deposit of the certificate of the minutes of the registry relative to loan By-law 328-2014 decreeing the spending and borrowing of $7.4 million for the infrastructure project. In related business, council also approved changes to the division of land lots for the site of the future town hall.

As the mayor explained in an interview on Tuesday, it had to be done to regularize the situation from a legal standpoint. The municipality does not own approximately 10 percent of the land required to build the new town hall. “The negotiations are progressing well,” said Gruenwald. “We are at the point of determining the price.” Two notices of motion were approved concerning municipal tariff s and taxation for 2015.

A public presentation of the 2015 budget is planned for Tuesday 16 December at 7:00 p.m. , Édifice Paul-Brasseur, 10 Saint-Jean Baptiste est. An extraordinary council meeting to pass the proposed budget will follow the presentation. There are new animal control regulations on the horizon for Rigaud as a notice of motion for that by-law was approved by council.

“It is an emotional thing because it is about our pets and will have to be done with care,” noted the mayor the next day. When asked if it will be similar to the by-law passed by the Town of Hudson earlier this year, he replied that they were looking at that situation and other municipalities in the county. He said part of the problem is the price of enforcement and that the cost of an enforcement officer could be shared by several towns.

Under Human Resources, the retirement of Director of Services and Public Works, Jacques Gignac was noted with a vote of thanks for his years of service to the town since April 1993. A contract was granted to Hansen for communications and public affairs consultation for the sum of $21,800 and a cleaning contract was granted to Nettoyage Loulou Enr. for 2015 for the cleaning and maintenance of l’Édifice PaulBrasseur for $20,004.48.

The contract with Groupe Nicky for grounds maintenance in the municipal parks will not be renewed due to reported non-compliance with clauses of the contract and directives concerning the cutting of grass in the parks. A citizen raised a concern during the question period near the end of the meeting about large trucks parking on rue Saint-Jean-Baptiste near rue Roussin blocking visibility and access from Roussin. The mayor replied that he would look into the situation but pointed out that rue Saint-Jean-Baptiste is under provincial jurisdiction.

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