• James Armstrong

Rigaud Town Council supports tougher tobacco control


Rigaud residents can take advantage of free annual plants and small trees Saturday, May 16, thanks to the Comité d’embellissement and the Rigaud Fleurissons ensemble program.

Rigaud municipal representatives unanimously passed a motion at the regular monthly council meeting on Monday, May 11, requesting the Quebec government revise the Loi sur le tabac. In effect, the motion declares support for the changes to the provincial law proposed by Lucie Charlebois, the provincial minister responsible for Rehabilitation, Youth Protection and Public Health “We did it to support Lucie Charlebois and the City of Montreal in their quest to quash the use of tobacco,” said Mayor Hans Gruenwald Jr. on Tuesday afternoon.

A series of agreements were authorized for specialized rescue services with the 23 municipalities of the Municipalité Régionale de Comté de Vaudreuil-Soulanges (MRC-VS) including dangerous heights, closed spaces and hazardous materials (HAZMAT). Resident Marcel Gauthier was officially congratulated for 40 years of service with the Ligue amicable de hockey de Rigaud. The possibility of having three bus shelters installed along the bus route in Rigaud moved a step forward with council mandating the Conseil Intermunicipal de Transport de la Presqu’Île (CIT la Presqu’Île) to take steps toward a grant application for the project. “We don’t know the amount of money, yet,” said Gruenwald Jr., “but we have agreed, in principle, to three bus shelters. The first step is to find out what they cost.”

That information should be available for the June council meeting according to the mayor. In other business, council cancelled the mandate with MDA Architectes Inc. for the construction of the new fi re hall because the firm could not meet the budget for the project. A contract was awarded to Cadillac Chevrolet Buick GMC of l’Île Perrot for the purchase of a 2015 half ton truck. The $23,329 contract will be paid over five years and was the lowest conforming bid. Viva Media were the recipients of contract for the production of an aerial video of the evolution of the construction project of the town hall, fire station and municipal garage using a drone to shoot the video.

The cost of the video contract at $4100 raised some concern during question period. Resident Claire Bélisle objected to spending the money during a period of austerity. The mayor replied it is an effective method of documenting the construction project for the benefit of future generations.

A contract for the construction of a new website for the town of Rigaud was awarded to Tofu Box for the sum of $9,890. A question was raised regarding the monthly calendar on the current website and the total lack of information posted on it. According to Director General Chantal Lemieux, the current calendar is difficult to maintain and the situation will be remedied with the new website later this year.

Lemieux also reminded everyone that La foire communautaire de Vaudreuil-Soulanges is taking place this weekend, Saturday May 16 in Parc Chartier-de Lotbinière, 5 rue Pagé, Rigaud from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The event brings together approximately 30 community organizations from the MRC-VS. Councillor Danny Lalonde noted that the Rigaud Fleurissons Ensemble program distribution of plants and small trees also takes place Saturday, May 16, at Parc Desjardins-de Rigaud, 27 Saint-Jean-Baptiste Street East, corner of Saint-Viateur Street from 9 a.m. to noon on a first come first served basis. Proof of residency is required.

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