• James Armstrong

Rigaud holds Federal Government responsible for National Energy Board decision


PHOTO BY JAMES ARMSTRONG

Rigaud Mayor Hans Gruenwald Jr. reads aloud the letter at Monday’s council meeting addressed to the Prime Minister of Canada regarding the recent NEB approval of the Enbridge pipeline 9B flow reversal plan.

In direct response to the recent decision by the National Energy Board (NEB) of Canada allowing the Enbridge pipeline 9B flow reversal of diluted bitumen through its territory, the Town of Rigaud officially gave notice to the Prime Minister of Canada that the town is holding the federal government responsible for any consequences resulting from that decision. Council passed the notice, in the form of a letter, unanimously at the regular monthly council meeting held Tuesday, October 13. The letter states the measure was taken as the pipeline in question is 40 years old and repeated requests for hydrostatic testing by municipalities in the area were not fulfilled.

“We are saying that because the pipeline crosses our territory and hydrostatic testing was not done, we are holding the federal government responsible for anything that happens,” said Mayor Hans Gruenwald Jr. He said Rigaud and other municipalities in the area had passed motions protesting the lack of hydrostatic testing of the pipeline crossing the region. “We are members of the MRC-VS (Muncicpalité Régionale de Comté de Vaudreuil-Soulanges) and have applied pressure there,” said the mayor adding that Rigaud is taking action more locally in an effort to protect its citizens.

Changes to the animal control regulation 326-01-2015 were passed by a majority of councillors. The amendments to the by-law refine some of the definitions within the law. For example, a dog considered to be aggressive will be examined by a veterinarian with training in animal behavior who, based on his or her findings, could designate the animal a danger. “This is a living document,” said the mayor after the meeting. He explained that the by-law would change to meet the changing needs of the community.

A contract was awarded to NEMO Inc. for an underground fiberglass water tank. Councillor Danny Lalonde explained that the reservoir would be installed in the vicinity of Highway 40 and Highway 201 behind the Howard Johnson’s Restaurant and Tim Horton’s outlets. Its purpose is to provide a source of water for use in case of fire in a sector that is not serviced by hydrants. According to Lalonde, with a capacity of a hundred thousand liters, the tank will be replenished by non-potable water transported by truck from the Outouais River.

The organizers and volunteers for the 18th edition of the Rigaud Festival of Colors that took place Thanksgiving weekend October 10 to 12 were congratulated and given a vote of thanks for their successful event by council. The mayor estimated that over 40,000 visitors attended the event. “You have no idea of how proud I am to be the mayor of a town that is able to create and support such an event,” Gruenwald Jr. added.

Similar accolades were awarded to Yves Pelletier for planning and coordinating a successful second edition of the recent Seniors Fair as well as the Club de l’Âge d’or de Saint-Madeleine-de-Rigaud and l’Entraide des générations for their support of Seniors Week 2015.

Council passed a motion granting an increase in the professional fees pertaining to the plans and estimates for the construction of the new city hall. According to the mayor, the updated plans include a full basement providing three floors rather than the original two-floor structure. Gruenwald Jr. said the unveiling of the plans for the building would take place later this year.

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