• John Jantak

Vaudreuil-Dorion will install new stop signs at three intersections to improve safety


Vaudreuil-Dorion council announced at the August 8, Monday evening council meeting it will install new stops at three troublesome intersections to improve road safety.

In an effort to improve road and traffic safety throughout the city, Vaudreuil-Dorion announced at its August 8 council meeting that it will install new stop signs at three intersections it has deemed dangerous in an effort to reduce speeding.

Stop signs will be placed at both sides of Langlois Street at the intersection of Gauthier Street; on both sides of des Roseraies Street at the intersection of des Oeillets Street, and at des Chenaux Road near Dumberry Road just off Highway 40 at Exit 36.

Pro-Mayor François Séguin, who is also head of the city’s traffic study committee, said these three areas were determined to be major trouble spots. “We review all requests made for stop signs and install them only in areas where they are really justified,” said Séguin.

“We make studies with sophisticated equipment that are very discreet. We analyze the number of cars that travel along certain roads, the speed they’re travelling, and the time of day when most problems occur. Then we analyze the results with our traffic committee,” Séguin added.

When a resident asked council why the city doesn’t contact the local Sûreté du Québec (SQ) police detachment so they can monitor troublesome intersections, Séguin said it’s not the place of the city to demand that the SQ monitor traffic problems. “We can’t tell the SQ what to do,” said Séguin. “We’re not their boss.”

Séguin added that while many residents would like the city to establish its own police force to deal with these types of issues, Vaudreuil-Dorion is within the confines of the Municipalité Régionale de Comté (MRC) de Vaudreuil-Soulanges, one of two MRCs in the province that do not allow individual municipalities to establish their own police forces because of a provincial decree.

Mayor Guy Pilon has previously stated that the reason why none of the 23 municipalities that comprise the MRC de Vaudreuil-Soulanges is allowed to have their own police departments is because of the region’s close proximity to the Ontario border and that the three provincial highways – the 20, 30 and 40 – that run through the county are under SQ jurisdiction.

Treasurer pay raise

Council also announced that the city’s treasurer will receive a $5,000 pay increase in order to bring the salary in line with other municipalities with a population similar to that of Vaudreuil-Dorion which currently stands at about 40,000 residents.

In response to a resident’s question about the rationale behind the increase, the city’s Director General Martin Houde said the city reviews the salary scales for all its administrative staff annually to determine the median pay scale that is set by the provincial Union des municipalities du Québec (UMQ) for various positions in municipalities with a population between 25,000 and 50,000 residents.

Houde said that median salary for a treasurer as set by the UMQ is $80,000 and that the $5,000 increase, which comes to about 8 per cent, is in line with what other municipalities are currently paying their treasurers.