• James Armstrong

Rigaud gifted writer’s historic house


The Town of Rigaud was recently gifted the small house that belonged to Québec writer and historian Robert-Lionel Séguin.

The small house that was once the home of Québec writer and historian, Robert-Lionel Séguin, has been given to the Town of Rigaud by Madame Séguin Servant with the stipulation that the building must be moved from its current location. To that end, $50,000 was budgeted for 2017 for that project as announced at a special town council meeting held Monday, December 13.

“There may be room for it near the library,” said Mayor Hans Gruenwald Jr. when asked where the new location will be.

Born in Rigaud in 1920, Robert-Lionel Séguin devoted his life to the study of Québec history, in particular les habitants of the 17th and 18th centuries. Séguin died in 1982 leaving an immense collection of artifacts currently preserved at the Musée Québécois de Culture Populaire in Trois-Rivières, Québec. Moving the building is scheduled for some time in 2017.

Rigaud Train Station

Money was set aside in the budget for upkeep of the former Rigaud train station.

Shuttered for many years, it belongs to the town although the property where it is located does not.

“It has historic value and we need to find out the cost of repairing it and at the same time develop a mission for the building,” said the mayor. He suggested it could be used for various purposes including as a depot for a community garden or a resource centre for cyclists. Council authorized a call for offers for repairs to the building. Council also accepted an offer to purchase two lots in Parc Industriel de la Coopérative by 100038080 Canada Inc. for $132,083.

2017 Rigaud Budget

The 2017 budget forecasts a taxation rate of $0.721 per $100 of evaluation for residential property. That’s up $0.135 from the 2016 rate. The non-residential 2017 rate is $1.2635 per $100 of evaluation. “There is an increase because of the work we have to do on the sewage treatment plant,” said Mayor Hans Gruenwald Jr. in an interview on late Wednesday afternoon.

Rates for recycling and garbage collection have gone down for 2017. The base residential rate is $112.25 per residence with a savings of $3.31 over the previous year. Non-residential rates are set at $142.13 per unit down from the 2016 rate by $20.43. Recycling pickup rates for both residential and commercial is $47.82 per residence or unit as opposed to $52.52 for 2016. The reduction in rates are due to a new arrangement with a not-for-profit recycling company in Lachute. “This is something that was organized with the Municipalité Régionale de Comté Vaudreuil-Soulanges (MRC-VS) for all the county,” said Councillor Édith de Haerne in an interview on Wednesday.

The tariffs for mandatory septic system cleaning, however, have seen an increase for the coming year. Costs depend upon the type of system installation such as a Bionest or Premier Tech ultra-violet system.

Overall municipal income from all sources including property tax is pegged at $13,183,063 for 2017, an increase of $603,827 from the previous year. The three-year capital expenditure plan earmarks $220,000 for drilling new potable-water wells and $57,520 for updating pumping stations.

Investment in infrastructure for Parc Industriel du Docteur-Oscar-Gendron is set at $1,500,000 for 2017 with an additional $1 million in 2018 and 2019. Streets and sidewalks are budgeted for repair over the next three years and Édifice Paul-Brasseur will be renovated for $52,220. Complete details of the budget will be published in a special edition of the municipal bulletin in the near future.

In other business, a minor derogation request to enlarge a garage located at 104 rue Saint-Jean-Baptiste Est was granted by council in spite of the recommendation by the Comité Consultatif d’Urbanisme (CCU) that it be rejected. Councillor Yannick Sauvé called for an individual vote on accepting the request and it was passed.