Rigaud monthly update
PHOTO BY JULES-PIERRE MALARTRE
Former Mayor Jean-Guy Faubert addressed the issue of transfer of management of rue Saint-Jean-Baptiste from provincial to municipal level.
Amid a number of requests for motions and changes to existing bylaws at Rigaud’s February 13 council meeting, the request for amendment to the interim control by-law for construction on Mont Rigaud and the accumulation of snow on certain streets were at the forefront of the attending residents' questions.
The council also approved three motions for requests to be sent to the provincial ministry of transport (MTMEQ). The first is a request for the MTMEQ to cede management of a section of rue Saint-Jean-Baptiste and a section of Chemin de la Grande-Ligne to the Town of Rigaud. The other requests are for the installation of a deer-crossing warning sign near the intersection of Route 201 and Chemin J.-Rene-Gauthier. The last one is for the installation of a no-parking zone near 130 rue Saint-Jean-Baptiste East.
A resident requested more information regarding the amendment of interim control By-law 229-2019 that was proposed and accepted during the meeting. The by-law controls construction on Mont Rigaud. Following additional reviews, certain lots on the mountain could be excluded from the by-law. "Before we could confirm which lots can be developed, we had to have a second study completed," General Manager Chantal Lemieux explained. "Certain lots were reassessed. Four lots were observed as having an average ecological value. So, there is a possibility for construction on those lots." Lemieux added that the information regarding the lots would be divulged in the near future once the request has been approved by the Municipalité régionale de comté Vaudreuil-Soulanges (MRC-VS).
Resident and former mayor Jean-Guy Faubert requested additional information regarding the requests made to the ministry of transport for transfer of the management of rue Saint-Jean-Baptiste to the Town of Rigaud. "We are asking for the section of rue Saint-Jean-Baptiste that goes through downtown Rigaud, which is from the viaduct in the east end of town all the way to the church and the river," Mayor Hans Gruenwald Jr. explained.
Gruenwald reassured attendees that snow accumulated on sidewalks and along certain streets would be removed by the evening of February 13.
A resident asked about the possibility of authorizing citizens to keep poultry on their property for the purpose of producing eggs. The resident cited Montreal and Vaudreuil-Dorion as having approved similar programs. While the practice is not authorized presently in Rigaud, Director General Chantal Lemieux answered that there was no by-law prohibiting it at the moment.
A resident congratulated the council for a successful Glisse et Réglisse Festival held February 10-12. The second edition of the festival attracted approximately 2000 people.