• Jules-Pierre Malartre

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PHOTO BY JULES-PIERRE MALARTRE

(Left to right): Director General Chantal Lemieux, Mayor Hans Gruenwald Jr., and Town Clerk Hélène Therrien address residents’ questions at the March 13 meeting of the Rigaud Town Council.

A lengthy agenda at the March 13 monthly Rigaud council meeting included the approval of several requests for motions and calls for tenders, including the approval of winterization and other works for the new city hall and the acquisition of exterior electronic billboards for public announcement purposes.

Speed on residential streets

A citizen complained about the speed of snowmobiles and other recreational vehicles on his residential street. The resident suggested adding a stop sign or reducing the speed limit.

"We cannot simply change street signs or add a stop sign. There is a procedure to follow," Director General Chantal Lemieux explained.

"There are rules put in place by the Ministry of Transport that we must follow. A stop sign can be added next to a school, a daycare centre or a park. We can't simply add a stop sign in a residential area," Town Clerk Hélène Therrien added. The resident mentioned having contacted Sûreté du Québec in January, but that he never heard anything back. Mayor Hans Gruenwald Jr. promised to follow up on the concern. "We are very sensitive to this issue," he stressed.

Mont Rigaud development update

Mayor Gruenwald was asked about the development status of certain lots on Mont Rigaud following the amendment to interim control By-law 229-2019 that was proposed and accepted during the February council meeting. The by-law controls construction on Mont Rigaud. The city had announced during the February meeting that the amendment would exclude certain lots from the by-law. DG Lemieux explained that a second study had to be completed before the lots to be excluded could be identified.

"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 in February. Lemieux said that the information regarding the lots would be divulged in the near future once the request has been approved by the MRC. "We are now meeting with the owners of the lots that are not buildable," Gruenwald explained on Monday.

Rigaud River skating

In the wake of the seasonal end of the first skating rink on the Rigaud River, Mayor Gruenwald was asked if the city would repeat the experience next year. "It is under study," he replied.

A resident had questioned the return on investment of the Rigaud River skating rink during the January council meeting given the associated maintenance costs. Both Mayor Gruenwald and Councillor Danny Lalonde had spoken in defence of the skating rink at the January meeting. Mayor Gruenwald had stressed the importance of giving families the opportunities to do outdoor activities and maximizing Rigaud’s tourism appeal while Councillor Lalonde had pointed out how a similar skating rink in Repentigny had grown into a very popular yearly winter event.

Fire Hall

Mayor Gruenwald announced that delivery of the new fire station was on schedule. “The fire station is slated to be delivered to the city this month,” Gruenwald stated. “Then we need to proceed with equipment transfer and exterior arrangements.”

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