• John Jantak

Chickens officially allowed to roost in Vaudreuil-Dorion


PHOTO BY JOHN JANTAK

Vaudreuil-Dorion Mayor Guy Pilon said council doesn’t know how many residents will apply to keep chickens on their properties now that the city adopted a resolution at the January 16 council meeting that allows people to keep them as pets.

With a cluck-cluck here; and a cluck-cluck there, Vaudreuil-Dorion homeowners can now roost chickens on their properties after the municipality officially adopted a resolution at the Monday evening council meeting, January 16.

Residents can have a maximum of two chickens in the backyards of their properties, while owners of larger properties in more rural areas can have up to five. No chickens will be allowed in condominiums or apartments and roosters are prohibited.

While some people may decide to get the fowl as a novelty, all owners will have to abide to stringent regulations including obtaining a certificate of authorization to install a domestic poultry house.

They will also have to follow proper sanitary procedures regarding the disposal of excrement and regularly maintaining their yards. The city will follow up to ensure that chicken houses and surrounding areas are kept clean.

“I’ll be interested to see at the end of the year how many people who got chickens will still have them,” said Pilon. “Sometimes when people have dogs or cats they find it difficult to take care of them every day. Taking care of chickens will be a special thing.

“I spoke to someone who has chickens and it’s very nice for the children because they can pick their eggs,” Pilon added. “But I’m sure it will be parents who will have to work with the chickens and not their children, so we’ll see. We don’t even know how many people will make a request because our regulations are very tight.”

Toll increase

The recent increase in the toll fee to $2.80 for motorists with cars to cross the Autoroute 30 Bridge to the South Shore that came into effect on January 1 prompted resident André Tanguay to ask council whether the city could do anything to offset the increase.

Mayor Guy Pilon replied that because the project involved the federal and provincial governments and is currently managed by A30 Express, a private enterprise as part of a public-private partnership agreement, the municipality has no say in the matter and the issue should be brought up with the regional Member of the National Assembly (MNA), Marie-Claude Nichols.

While the toll increase doesn’t directly impact Vaudreuil-Dorion, Pilon said a more equitable approach would have been to place the toll booth in the middle of the newly built section of roadway.

He added the city was never consulted or involved in any discussions during the proposal and development phases. “The only thing that affects Vaudreuil-Dorion is that there isn’t another toll booth on the other side of the bridge,” said Pilon.

“If you live in Vaudreuil-Dorion you cannot even go into Salaberry de Valleyfield without paying,” Pilon added. But if you live in Sorel-Tracey you can travel all the way along the 30 and if you don’t have go Vaudreuil-Dorion, you don’t pay a penny. That’s the only thing that bothers me.”

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