• John Jantak

Pincourt concerned about Vaudreuil Rapids reconfiguration


Pincourt council adopted a resolution that calls on Infrastructure Canada, the provincial Ministry of Transport and Ministry of Sustainable Development, Environment and Fight against Climate Change, to coordinate work to reconfigure the Vaudreuil Rapids in the next two years to minimize possible traffic, noise and dust problems.

A resolution was adopted at the regular Pincourt council meeting December 13 calling on the federal and provincial governments to review plans for reconfiguring the Vaudreuil Rapids to minimize the potential negative impact that the construction project may have on the community and residents living close to the Ottawa River shoreline, just south of the Highway 20 overpass.

The proposed reconfiguration was first announced November 20 at the Vaudreuil-Dorion council meeting where Mayor Guy Pilon said the project at Sabourin Park next to Harwood Boulevard will involve stocking fish in the reconfigured rapids as compensation for the expected loss of fish habitat along the St. Lawrence River where the new Champlain Bridge will be built.

The project will also affect neighbouring Pincourt, directly across the Ottawa River from the park, because the portion of the waterway that runs close to the town’s shoreline will also have to be reconfigured, said Town Manager Michel Perrier.

“Infrastructure Canada is going to build some banks in the river in between Pincourt and Vaudreuil-Dorion,” Perrier told Your Local Journal. “We’re going to be affected as well because they’ll be working on both sides of the river.”

Aside from leaving a waterway for boats to avoid the rapids, the project will involve carting 16,000 truckloads of material that will be put into the river to build the rapids, said Perrier. The material will then be transported to the construction site by barges.

PHOTO BY JOHN JANTAK  Mayor Guy Pilon said a new fish habitat will be created along the Vaudreuil Rapids at Parc Sabourin by the primary contractor who will build the new Champlain Bridge as compensation for the loss of fish habitat along the St. Lawrence River.

Perrier anticipates the steady stream of truck traffic over the next two years could cause chaos for motorists who commute along Highway 20, and noise and dust problems for residents. The first phase of construction is set to begin early next summer and continue until late October. A second phase to complete the work is scheduled for 2018.

“We’ve got nothing against the project because it’s meant to preserve the fish stock but it’s going to impact Pincourt, Vaudreuil-Dorion and especially the traffic circulation on Highway 20,” Perrier said.

The town has sent letters to Infrastructure Canada, the provincial Ministry of Transport and Ministry of Sustainable Development, Environment and Fight against Climate Change, expressing their concerns and to request that the respective government bodies coordinate the work in a way that will minimize any possible inconvenience.

Tax freeze

Pincourt has invoked a tax freeze which includes all applicable service taxes for all property owners as the town officially adopted its 2017 budget during a special council session on December 14.

The only exception is a minimal adjustment to the special tax for the debt of the Régie de l’eau de l’Île-Perrot which will add an average of one dollar to tax bills for a home evaluated at $247,650, raising the average bill from $2,445 in 2016 to $2,446 next year.

The 2017 tax freeze comes one year after property taxes were lowered in the 2016 budget. The freeze represents efforts made by the town to minimize next year’s increase as much as possible even though next year’s budget rose $341,400 to $21,065,100, an increase of 1.65 per cent from 2016.

“Despite the increase, which is relatively minimal, the tax increase didn’t follow suit,” said Mayor Yvan Cardinal. “That’s because of the arrival of new residents and businesses, which increased the town’s tax base for the benefit of all its citizens.”

“With the rise in the cost of living determined to be 0.099 per cent for 2017 according to the Montreal consumer price index, our challenge was to prepare a budget that would entail an equivalent or smaller increase for taxpayers,” said Town Manager Michel Perrier. “Following town council’s instructions, town management came through with flying colours.”

Complete budget details are available on the town’s website at http://www.villepincourt.qc.ca/en/news/88/2017-tax-bill.

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