Mayor reports financial surplus for Town of Rigaud
PHOTO BY JAMES ARMSTRONG
Rigaud Town Council approved a call for proposals for an integrated residential project reutilizing the former convent school at 71 rue Saint-Pierre.
Mayor Hans Gruenwald Jr. gave his annual report on the financial situation at the Monday November 9 regular town council meeting. Reporting a surplus of $1,680,634 and a total net debt load of $9,941,077 including financing costs, the report also includes details on the salaries paid to the mayor and councillors as well as the amounts paid for contracts over $25,000 to various companies for purchases of equipment and services. The town also purchased parts of several lots in the center of Rigaud for the construction of a new town hall as well as the parcel of land purchased from the town by the Municipalité Régionale de Comté de Vaudreuil-Soulanges for the construction of the Écocentre.
A calendar of town council meeting dates for 2016 was proposed and passed beginning with Monday, January 11, 2016. Deputy Mayors were also nominated for the period from October 29, 2015, to November 9, 2017.
Council passed a Notice of Motion for tax rates and tariffs for municipal services for the 2016 financial year. The mayor reported that the assessment roll has been re-evaluated. When queried as to whether or not property taxes will go up, he replied it would depend upon the budget for the coming year. Director General Chantal Lemieux pointed out that various sectors of the town have different tax rates dependent upon the services they receive from the municipality. She noted that property owners have until May 1 of the taxation year to contest the evaluation of their property.
The reported purchase of a new stove and accompanying exhaust system for the new fire hall drew some criticism from those in attendance during the second question period. At issue was the removal of the kitchen stove from the Salle d’Amité in Édifice Paul Brasseur due to safety concerns. The critics pointed out that it served approximately 250 senior citizens as compared to 35 fire fighters. “Here in Riguad, we conform to and respect the rules,” said Gruenwald, explaining that provincial safety regulations for public installations are considerably different from those regulating private installations.
In other business, council granted $4000 to the Fondation des Centres d’hébergement Soulanges for their 2015 financial campaign for the purchase of essential safety equipment. Contracts were renewed for 2016 with Kelly Sani-Vac Inc. for diverse infrastructure maintenance, Entreprise d’Électricité de Rigaud Inc. for electrical work and Biolab Inc. for laboratory analysis of potable water.
With the recommendations of the Comité Consultatif d’Urbanisme (CCU), council authorized the call for proposals for the sale and development of 71 and 73 rue Saint-Pierre for an integrated residential project. A replacement sign for 168 was also approved as were the plans to enlarge the main building of Microbrasserie Le Castor at 65-67 chemin des Vinaigriers.
Council also officially congratulated Camping Choisy for winning the Camping Québec Award for Excellence for 2015. The organizers of the 20th Anniversary celebration for the Repas Partagés de Rigaud were also commended for their work.