• James Armstrong and Carmen Marie Fabio

Mayor reports on Rigaud’s financial health


YLJ FILE PHOTO/JAMES ARMSTRONG

The process of replacing the culvert near 74 chemin Saint-Georges on Rigaud Mountain is scheduled to begin before the end of November.

Mayor Hans Gruenwald Jr. presented his report on Rigaud’s financial situation at the regular council meeting held Monday, November 14. The report covers the budget for the year ending December 31, 2015.

According to the report, there was a surplus of $850,662 indicating that spending was less than the forecasted budget of $11,680,257 for 2015. The total accumulated budget surplus is $2,180,680 compared to a total debt of $10,509,418 including the financing expenses for the long-term debt. The details of the mayor’s financial report will be published in the December 2016 edition of the municipal bulletin.

A list of contracts exceeding $25,000 for the same period was also deposited including the contracts for the construction of the Écocentre, fire station and town hall.

The mayor also reported that simultaneous translation of town council meetings from French to English would cost $2000 to $2500 per meeting depending upon the length of a session. “Considering that Rigaud does not have bilingual status and the expense for the service, this is not something we will pursue,” said Gruenwald. The mayor said the town did the research in response to the request made by resident William Bradley at the Tuesday, October11 meeting.

Resident Jean-François Larin raised concerns about the wording of Article 22 of By-law 275-15-2016 that regulates the treatment and disposition of ash trees infected by the Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) beetle. He pointed out that the wording was too general and appeared to imply that all property owners must treat every ash tree.

The article in question indicates that the owner of any ash tree is required to either cut down or treat the ash trees with specified products.

The mayor responded that the town was attempting to prevent the spread of the EAB infestation by responding to a situation that is continually changing.

Council agreed to add a note to the article of the by-law that every infested ash tree rather than every ash tree has to be treated or cut down and the Notice of Motion for By-Law 275-15-2016 proceeded.

Skating on Rigaud River, weather conditions permitting, will be available for the 2016-2017 season as council awarded a contract to Hydro Météo Inc. for the development and maintenance of a skating rink.

District 2 Councillor Archie Martin announced that the project to replace the washed out culvert on chemin Saint-Georges has received approval from the Quebec government. According to Martin, work on the culvert is expected to begin within 10 days.

In upcoming town business, the mayor announced a special council meeting to be held Monday, November 21, at 6 p.m. in the Salle de l’Amité, Édifice Paul–Brasseur, 10 rue Saint-Jean-Baptiste East to vote on three requests for minor derogations.

During the course of the meeting, a resident pointed out that each resolution in the agenda for the meeting is followed by the phrase “unanimously adopted,” as if the adoption of a resolution were a foregone conclusion. He also noted that there was rarely any discussion amongst councilors during the meeting concerning the resolutions. The agenda is projected on a screen for the duration of the meeting and digital copies are available on the town website in advance of the meeting.

The mayor responded that resolutions are discussed before the actual meeting and that each councillor is responsible for reading each resolution. The Town Clerk added that if council did not approve a resolution, it would appear in the minutes of the meeting.

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