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Pincourt defends its aquatic centre stance in newsletter to residents


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Pincourt Mayor Yvan Cardinal said a newsletter about the Régie de équipements de loisirs de L’Île Perrot (RELIP) that was recently delivered to residents was intended to clear up any misconceptions the town’s citizens may have had regarding the reasons for the town’s withdrawal from the project.

Pincourt’s recent decision not to participate in the new indoor swimming pool complex as part of the Régie de équipements de loisirs de L’Île Perrot (RELIP), prompted the town to hand deliver a newsletter last week to all households that was signed by the mayor and all six municipal councillors explaining the rationale behind their decision.

The newsletter dated May 25 stated the town’s decision to withdraw from the project was not done because of RELIP’s decision to build the facility in Notre Dame de l’Île Perrot (NDIP) instead of Pincourt, but because several factors were not seriously addressed before the final location was announced. Pincourt had proposed that the aquatic centre could be built in a more centralized location on vacant land adjacent to the École secondaire du Chêne-Blue on Pincourt Boulevard but was rejected by RELIP representatives from neighbouring L’Île Perrot and NDIP.

Mayor Yvan Cardinal told residents at the Tuesday evening council meeting that the town decided to send out the newsletter to clear up any misconceptions that the town’s citizens may have had regarding the reasons for the town’s withdrawal from the project. “We received a lot of positive feedback from our citizens,” Cardinal told Your Local Journal. Town Manager Michel Perrier the newsletter was essential to set the record straight from the town’s point of view. “We sent it out to inform our citizens about the real reason behind our decision,” said Perrier.

“There were a lot of negative comments spread by diff erent people and in the media so we wanted to get the word out why we took this decision. You have to remember Pincourt was one of the towns that contributed to the creation of the RELIP.” Among the reasons given for Pincourt’s withdrawal from the program, the newsletter stated that soil tests were not conducted beforehand to ensure the quality, capacity and its long-term viability for the structures foundations which is required before awarding a contract for preparing plans and specifications.

The newsletter also said that a complete analysis of the physical environment was essential but not carried out as required by the Quebec Ministry of Sustainable Development, Environment and Action Against Climate Change, and that the RELIP was prepared to award a major contract to a firm with having any data available. Perrier said the town wanted to avoid another debacle like its long-awaited sports complex that still sits abandoned near the corner of Fifth Avenue and Pincourt even though it received all similar requested information required for its construction more than 13 years earlier.

The town also deplored the prospect that Pincourt residents would have to pay higher fees to use the aquatic centre considering that residents from neighbouring municipalities have access to the Pincourt and Chêne-Bleu libraries, its synthetic sports field, four gymnasiums and other facilities. The newsletter ended by asking residents to consider whether, “…we wouldn’t be better off to avoid all these costly and unproductive turf wars and join forces in a single community, where everyone would focus on their citizens’ real wishes and expectations.”

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