Good news for cyclists in Rigaud as town receives grant for cycling trails


PHOTO BY JAMES ARMSTRONG

A summertime resident of a local campground raises questions about municipal property taxes on her vacation home at the recent Rigaud town council meeting.

Mayor Hans Gruenwald Jr. made an announcement bound to delight area cyclists as the regular monthly council meeting came to close Monday, September 14. “We have received a grant of $122,000 for the development of cycling trails within the town borders,” he said explaining that half of the amount will be paid in 2016 and the balance in 2017.

The new fire hall project took a step forward when council granted a contract to J. Dagenais, Architecte et Associés Inc. to create the conceptual plans, specifications, and oversee the construction of a prefabricated building following the revised plan for the proposed structure. The cost for this part of the project is $64,450 before taxes. “We have identified the type of building we want and gave it to them,” said the mayor in an interview September 16. He described the structure as having a metal exterior, metal supports and a metal interior with insulation. “We don’t need to make a cultural statement to park trucks,” he added.

Council also passed a motion hiring the law firm Prévost, Fortin, Daoust to represent the town before the Administrative Tribunal of Québec. The case in question is the on-going attempt to collect the unpaid property taxes for the Service Area at Exit 12 on Highway 40, land that is partly owned by the provincial government and a private syndicate.

A seasonal resident of Camping Choisy, raised the issue of the town levying property taxes on three lots in the campground and not on others. The full time resident of a neighboring municipality Saint-Zotique wanted to know what ruling this was based upon. The mayor responded that he didn’t have an answer to her question and promised to investigate the situation. The resident thanked the mayor and council for their time. Gruenwald Jr. replied, with a smile, that he was always willing to listen to taxpayers.

A notice of motion was passed concerning By-law 274-02-2015 that amends construction By-law 274-2010. Citizens are invited to ask questions and express their views at a public consultation Monday, September 28, at 6 p.m. followed by a special council meeting. This event will be held at Édifice Paul-Brasseur, Salle de l’Amité, 10 rue Saint-Jean-Baptiste Est.

The annual amnesty of the Rigaud Municipal Library takes place from Saturday, October 17, to Saturday, October 24, giving delinquent borrowers of library materials an opportunity to return them without penalty.

Financial aid was granted in the amount of $650 to support the creation of an exposition of photographic works of the late Pierre Brasseur. The display will be part of the Festival des Couleurs taking place Thanksgiving weekend October 10 through 12.

Councillor Archie Martin said the frequency of household waste collection is about to change during the colder months of the year beginning January 2016 from once per week to once every two weeks. Martin said further information was published in the October newsletter, La Pause Municipale. A collection schedule for each town sector will be published in the next edition of the newsletter.

Councillor André Boucher drew attention to the up-coming Semaine et Salon des Aînés taking place from Sunday, September 27, to Saturday, October 3. The Salon features over 30 exhibitors showcasing products and services for senior citizens and takes place at Édifice Paul-Brasseur, Salle de l’Amité, 10 rue Saint-Jean-Baptiste Est.

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