• James Armstrong

Rigaud infrastructure projects move forward as Quebec approves grant


The process of rebuilding the culvert near 74 Chemin Saint-Georges on Rigaud Mountain was put in motion at the Monday evening Town Council meeting.

The proposed fire hall for Rigaud moved a step closer to realization with the announcement by Councillor Danny Lalonde that the Quebec government had authorized the grant that covers 50 per cent of construction costs. “It is really good news although there are still some details to iron out,” said Mayor Hans Gruenwald Jr. after the regular town council meeting held Monday, May 9, adding that a ceremonial sod turning will be happening in the near future.

The proposed new town hall was also on the agenda as council authorized the call for tenders for its construction. “We have to keep the process moving,” said the mayor noting that the building season passes quickly.

Another construction project, the re-installation of a culvert near 74 Saint-Georges Road also received attention. A contract was awarded to Terraformex Canada Inc. to provide technical services including assistance with the documentation required by various levels of government. Washed out by heavy rains earlier this spring, the culvert carries a stream under the road and comes under the jurisdiction of the Ministère du Développement durable, de l’Environnement et Lutte contre les changements climatiques Québec (MDDELCC). The cost of the contract is $18,733. A date has not been set to begin work on the project. “We hope to have it done in August when there are no school buses on the road,” said Gruenwald Jr. The road was closed for several days at the time of the event while temporary repairs were carried out.

As of Tuesday, May 10, the tennis courts in in Parc Chartier-De Lotbinière will be closed for two weeks for repair. Council granted the contract to Tennis Sud-Ouest Inc. for the amount of $9,900. A contract was awarded to Signalisation Kalitec Inc. for traffic control signage and barriers on cycling paths at a cost of $13,000. Council also mandated the Corporation du Festival des Couleurs de Rigaud to implement the Projet d’Urbanisme Tactique with funding of $9,000. The project aims to decorate the town including installation of benches along some of the main streets. “The town has a lot of projects on its plate,” said the mayor in a follow-up interview adding that the Festival Corporation has resources to make the project happen.

Council unanimously supported a donation of $1000 to the Red Cross assistance fund for those affected by the forest fire in Fort McMurray. On a similar note, council renewed its annual support for La Maison des jeunes L’Alternative de Rigaud with a grant of $7500. Three recreational grants of $250 each were awarded to Julianne Bédard-Wamer, Sacha Boudrias and Ariane Vercaignie.

The subject of temporary vehicle shelters was raised during question period. Town regulations stipulate that all such temporary structures made of metal framework and a plastic cover have to be dismantled as of May 1 each spring including the metal framework. As of May 8, according to resident Stephen Kerr, a notable number of them were still erect on various properties within town limits. The mayor responded that inspections are ongoing and that the regulation would be enforced.

Volunteers are needed to help with the distribution of free plants and shrubs on Saturday, May 21, between 9 a.m. and noon at Parc Desjardins, 27 Saint Jean-Baptiste Street East. This annual event is for residents of Rigaud only under the auspices of the yearly Fleurissons Ensemble beautification project. Anyone wishing to volunteer should contact Councillor Danny Lalonde by e-mail conseiller5@conseilrigaud.ca or by calling Town Hall at (450) 451-0869.

According to the town web site, there are currently four candidates running in the up-coming election for the town council seat in District 3. They are Yves Pelletier, William Bradley, Edith de Haerne and Ronald Perrier. Those wishing to add their names to the list have until Friday, May 13, to register with Town Clerk Hélène Therrien.

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