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Rigaud hires manager for municipal building project James Armstrong Your Local Journal


JAMES ARMSTRONG

Resident Serge Dion brought a long-standing problem between neighbors to the Rigaud council’s attention on Monday evening, February 9.

The three-pronged construction project for the Rigaud town hall, municipal garage, and fire hall moved a step forward at the regular town council meeting on Monday, February 9, when councilors approved the hiring of engineer Camille Bélanger as project manager.

When asked whether or not Bélanger’s salary was part of the loan by-law for the project, Director General Chantale Lemieux replied it would come out of the general funds of the town. Contracts for the plans and specifications for the three buildings were also awarded by council.

The fire station project went to MDA Architects at $151,920, the municipal garage to J. Dagenais, Architecte et Associés Inc. for $84,899 and the town hall to Afflek De La Riva at $154,000. Council members reading the legislation granting the contracts pointed out the contracts came in under budget in each case.

“We have good news and bad news,” said Mayor Hans Gruenwald Jr. as he announced that, as of the next town council meeting, the doors of Édifice Paul-Brasseur where council meetings are held would not open until 7:15 p.m. He explained that council members need time to meet privately without interruption before the meeting begins

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The withdrawal of two items on the agenda concerning the regulation of animals was the bad news. Council was expected to adopt Regulation 3262015 pertaining to domestic animals in the municipality and a ruling on infractions of the regulation.

“We are not unanimous regarding these regulations,” said the mayor, “and we need to discuss this further.” Council also approved an application to the provincial government to change the name Municipalité de Rigaud to Ville de Rigaud.

The mayor was asked about the reasons for the change during question period. He said the term ‘municipality’ has caused confusion because it is used at the county level. Director General Chantal Lemieux explained further that towns in Québec with populations over 5,000 use the title “ville” regardless of the size of the territory. She pointed out that Rigaud is one of perhaps two communities in Québec using the term “municipalité.”

It was also noted that since the addresses of the town hall, fire station and municipal garage will change in the near future, this is an opportune moment to update the name of the town. Council also passed Regulation 316-05-2015 concerning changes to the tariff s for goods and services supplied by the town to residents and non-residents.

“We have adjusted the value of the services we are supplying,” the mayor said. He said the Director of Public Works had provided research revealing that the tariffs charged by the town considerably lower than the rates in force in the private sector for the same service. Resident Serge Dion brought an on-going issue between neighbors concerning the installation of a septic system and the in-filling of a lot to the mayor’s attention.

According to Dion, the problem began in 2011-2012 when his neighbor installed a new septic system and proceeded to raise the level of the lot next door. Dion explained that when he complained to the Rigaud Urban Planning Department, his file was rejected as not being “good.” He deposited photos of the area in question with council explaining that, in his opinion, municipal regulations needed to be enforced in this situation.

The mayor responded that Dion had demonstrated great patience and promised that he would study the file and provide Dion with an answer. In other business, council approved the purchase of a three-quarter ton truck from Cadillac Chevrolet Buick GMC de l’Île-Perrot for $31,180 over five years. Council also approved the acquisition of two Kubota lawn tractors from Kubota Montréal, Lange Patenaude Équipment Ltée. at $12,352.17 each.

The purchase of children’s playground equipment from Tech Sport Inc. for $8386.24 was also approved along with a contract worth $15,200 to Les Constructions TRD Inc. for the acquisition of a module for the skateboard park.

were considerably lower than the rates in force in the private sector for the same service.

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