Emerald Ash Borer and infrastructure projects highlight St. Anne’s Monday council agenda
Ste. Anne de Bellevue council adopted three resolutions at the February 9 Monday evening meeting aimed at thwarting the possible encroachment of the Emerald Ash Borer onto its territory, proceeding with infrastructure work on Garden City Road, and building the long-awaited T-intersection off the westbound Highway 40 service road at Exit 41.
Ste. Anne de Bellevue adopted three resolutions aimed at thwarting the possible encroachment of the Emerald Ash Borer onto its territory, proceeding with infrastructure work on Garden City Road, and building the long-awaited T-intersection off the westbound Highway 40 service road at Exit 41, during the Monday evening council meeting, February 9.
Even though the Emerald Ash Borer hasn’t been spotted in Ste. Anne’s, Mayor Paola Hawa said it’s imperative for the city to take its preventive approach. Neighbouring Baie D’Urfé and Beaconsfield have adopted similar measures to keep the invasive insect from spreading to other Emerald Ash trees in their municipalities.
“It’s mandated by the Communauté Métropolitaine de Montréal (CMM) and it’s something the whole region has to do. Every single city has adopted the Emerald Ash Borer by-law because those little bugs don’t know whether they’re in Baie D’Urfé or Ste. Anne’s.” Even though the Emerald Ash Borer has not been spotted in Ste. Anne’s and no known trees have been infected, at least on public land, Hawa said it’s important for unaffected cities to take action to prevent the borer from spreading.
“We haven’t had any trees affected so far but that doesn’t mean it’s not here,” said Hawa. “We were able to do the trapping this year, to see if the trees are infested or not, but only on public trees. We also have an inventory of private trees. So far we haven’t found anything but it could be hiding in a tree on private land, or on one of the trees on public land where we didn’t set the trap.”
Hawa advised residents who suspect an Emerald Ash tree on private property may be infested to contact the city. An inspector will be dispatched to determine the severity of the infestation and whether the tree should be treated or cut down. Regardless of the method used, each property owner will have to pay to either treat or cut down the tree, although the city will waive the tree removal permit fee.
“If we let the infestation continue, it could affect neighbouring cities,” said Hawa. “These are the minimum standards set by the CMM.” Infrastructure projects Work will finally begin early this spring to build the new T-intersection off the westbound Highway 40 service road at Exit 41 that will reconnect southbound Boulevard des AnciensCombattants to Chemin Ste. Marie in the city’s north sector.
The city will spend $2,055,000 on the project and the provincial Ministry of Transport will contribute $1.4 million. “I’m very excited about this,” said Hawa. “It’s getting close to a final resolution. Th e bidding process is complete and we have our contractor. One of the reasons we did it this quickly is because we wanted to make sure that as soon as the snow melts, we’re ready to hit the ground. We don’t want to waste any time so we can have it all done before the end of summer, weather permitting.”
Th e city has also allocated just over $2 million to upgrade the water and sewer systems along Garden City Avenue north of Highway 20. “Garden City has one of the oldest sewer and water systems in the city and we’ve had quite a few issues with it over the past few years,” said Hawa. “It’s something we absolutely have to do. We should have done it a few years ago but it’s better to fix it now than to wait until it further deteriorates because that could cause a lot more problems,” Hawa added.”
Th e city will also begin prioritizing other areas that need infrastructure upgrades. “We’re hoping
to come out with an entire plan and schedule to prioritize infrastructure maintenance over the next five years,” said Hawa.