Hudson Town Council welcomes new DG
PHOTO BY JAMES ARMSTRONG
Mayor Ed Prévost welcomed Hudson’s new Director General Jean-Pierre Roy (right) at the regular council meeting held Tuesday evening, September 8.
Hudson Mayor Ed Prévost welcomed Jean-Pierre Roy as the town’s new Director General (DG) at the regular council meeting held Tuesday, September 8. Roy was chosen from a roster of 37 candidates who applied for the position according to Prévost. “He comes to us with 20 years of experience in municipal affairs,” said the mayor noting Roy speaks three languages, French, English and Spanish. The mayor added that Interim DG Duncan Campbell would remain on-board for a period of time to ensure a smooth transition. Prévost thanked Campbell for his work. The resolution on the agenda for hiring Roy was passed unanimously.
In his final report to council, Campbell said his mandate has focused on the financial aspects of the town. “We need to know where we stand financially for 2015,” he said. Resident Jacques Bourgeois raised the same issue during question period asking where the financial audit and accompanying management letter stands. Campbell replied that the audit for 2014 and the letter would be available at the end of October.
The mayor announced the long-awaited strategic plan for the town – ‘Our Town, Our Future’ – would be unveiled Saturday, September 19 at 10 a.m. at the Stephen F Shaar Community Center. “Reminders are being sent out to everyone in the mail,” said Prévost encouraging citizens to attend. In response to a question regarding public consultation and the strategic plan, Prévost said there would be plenty of opportunity for citizens to express their ideas, views and raise questions. “A strategic plan is not a fixed thing,” he said, “it continues and changes over time.”
Captain Ginette Séguin from the Surêté du Québec (SQ), Vaudreuil-Soulanges Est detachment was on hand to give a presentation on recent policing events in the town. She reported the SQ had worked with the town to install speed bumps and cones on Cambridge Street after the tragic accident that happened Friday June 12 ini which two joggers were struck by a vehicle. Séguin said officers continue to keep the area under surveillance. She encouraged Hudson residents to report emergency situations by calling 911 and other incidents to 310-4141. “We intend to build on this relationship,” said Prévost as he thanked Séguin for her presentation.
Council approved the sale of immoveable properties for unpaid taxes as of December 31, 2013. The public auction is set to take place Tuesday, December 15, 2015, 11 a.m. at the Stephen F. Schaar Community Center. “As we get closer to the date, the taxes tend to get paid up,” commented the mayor.
In other business, council approved a resolution awarding a contract for a land Conservation Plan at a cost of $39,081. The resolution did not pass unanimously as Councillor Robert Spencer voted against it. “It doesn’t include the entire town, only the urban perimeter,” said Spencer when asked about his decision. The mayor said the town does not have the money for a wider ranging plan. Councillor Deborah Woodhead added the town needs the study to move forward with the CMM mandate and that agricultural land is not at risk. Woodhead said an earlier Conservation Plan would be part of the new plan.
Resident Fred Dumoulin requested an update on the Transit Oriented Development (TOD) zoning for Hudson, referring to the densification zoning area around the Hudson Train Station. The mayor expressed great concern about the “artificiality” regarding the TOD that centers on the train station that serves as Hudson Village Theater. Prévost explained that after consulting with the MRC Vaudreuil-Soulanges, council is following the course of treating the train service issue separately from the TOD. He said council needs more information and ammunition to be in a position to address the train issue. “As for the Communauté Métropolitaine de Montréal (CMM), they are dreamers (to think the area can sustain densification),” he commented. To a subsequent question regarding the January 2016 deadline for the Projet de Plan Métropolitain D’Aménagement et de Développement (PPMAD) and TOD, the mayor replied, “My sense is that we have some flexibility. If we’re not ready, we’re not ready.”
The approval of a new residential construction at 44 Royal Oak Street drew comments and questions from some residents regarding council’s adherence to the Town Planning Advisory Committee’s (TPAC) recommendations to council. Elizabeth Corker said the approval of the Royal Oak construction followed guidelines that council had earlier rejected in the case of the construction of a residence at 35 Quarry Point Road. She was referring to the guidelines proposed by TPAC when a proposed house model does not fit within the context of the existing built environment.
The same Quarry Point address was also subject for discussion regarding reported dredging along the shoreline of the waterfront property on Wednesday, August 19. A resident on the same street, Helen Kurgansky, reported that work had continued into the following day. Campbell replied saying certain work covered by permits was allowed to continue and that the town is waiting for a report from the Ministry of Natural Resources.
Council also passed resolutions authorizing payments of $27,589.49 to Archipel for additional fees relating to the construction of the fire station and to Robert Daoust & Fils for $52,064.75 for extra costs incurred for household waste collection and $5,277.35 for the leaf pick-up contract.
Councillor Nicole Durand reported the Hudson SDC would be holding its annual budget meeting on Monday, September 14 at 7:30 p.m. at the Stephen F. Schaar Community Center. Durand encouraged all members in good standing to attend.