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Chickens invited to roost in Vaudreuil-Dorion


PHOTO BY JOHN JANTAK

Vaudreuil-Dorion Mayor Guy Pilon said residents with private with backyards will be able to keep up to two chickens on their properties in the New Year after council adopts a by-law in mid-January.

Vaudreuil-Dorion is preparing to adopt a by-law in the New Year that will allow citizens with private residences to keep chickens in their backyards, announced Mayor Guy Pilon at the Monday evening council meeting December 5.

The by-law which is expected to come into effect in mid-January will allow residents to keep a maximum of two chickens in the backyards of their properties, said Pilon. Exceptions will be made for owners of larger properties in more rural areas who will be able to keep up to five chickens. No chickens will be allowed in condominiums or apartments and roosters are prohibited.

The decision was made after a resident asked the city’s environment committee whether the municipality would consider allowing homeowners to keep chickens on their properties. “The committee checked about five towns in the province that allow chickens and no complaints have been reported,” said Pilon.

Residents will have to adhere to specific guidelines including obtaining a certificate of authorization to install a domestic poultry house. They will also have to follow proper sanitary procedures regarding the proper disposal of excrement and regular maintenance of the grounds. The city will follow up to ensure that chicken houses and yards are kept clean.

The city will evaluate the initiative to determine its suitability after the by-law takes effect. “I don’t think there will be many people who will keep chickens but we want to try it out and see how it goes,” said Pilon. “If it doesn’t work out, we can always reverse our decision later. If we don’t get any complaints everything will be fine.”

Pilon said that having chickens would benefit children who would learn how to feed them and collect their eggs. He added that while some people may question the rationale of having chickens as pets in an urban environment, it’s no different than the Vaudreuil-Dorion homeowner who keeps two small pigs as pets.

Snow removal snafu

Snow clearing operations apparently hit a snag after all eight councillors reported that side streets in their respective districts were not plowed during Monday’s moderate snowfall.

The issue was raised during question period when resident Robert Boisvert told council that the main roads were properly cleared except for the side streets. Mayor Pilon said the city was aware of the situation and were trying to determine what caused the problem.

Pilon said the reason for the unintended non-removal most likely had to do with a possible miscommunication between snow removal personnel and the dispatch service, adding that all the side streets were cleared overnight on Monday.

Building maintenance contract

A $137,000 building maintenance contract was awarded to Placement Potentiel, a West Island based non-profit adapted enterprise that provides stable employment opportunities to qualified and trained personnel with mild intellectual and physical difficulties.

The one-year contract renewal expands the scale of maintenance services provided by Placement Potentiel to include all the municipality’s facilities. The city decided to renew its original contract which was awarded in early January because of the excellent service that was provided by the enterprise’s three employees throughout the year, said Mayor Pilon.

As part of the contract renewal, Pilon said that qualified employees who live in Vaudreuil-Dorion would be given priority for newly created positions that become available.

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