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Charlebois announces provincial subsidy for St. Lazare landslide stabilization work


PHOTO BY JOHN JANTAK

Soulanges MNA Lucie Charlebois (centre) is flanked by District 3 Councillor Brigitte Asselin and St. Lazare Mayor Robert Grimaudo during a press conference on April 3 after Charlebois announced a $5.9 million provincial government subsidy to stabilize the land in Chaline Valley.

Soulanges provincial MNA Lucie Charlebois officially announced the awarding of a $5.9 million subsidy to the Town of St. Lazare for work to reconfigure and stabilize the land and shoreline along the Quinchien River in Chaline Valley during a press conference with municipal officials on Monday, April 3.

“I’m very pleased to announce the financial agreement that was made between the provincial Ministry of Public Security and St. Lazare,” said Charlebois. “This partnership will protect 90 residences, 1.7 kilometres of municipal roads, and one bridge. These families will also get peace of mind regarding the safety of their homes and loved ones.”

The financial assistance comes from the green fund which is a part of the provincial 2013-2020 Climate Change Action Plan. This agreement allows work to be done which will help prevent landslides from occurring on the banks of the Quinchien River.

“It’s a big announcement and it’s a confirmation of all the work that has to be done,” Charlebois told Your Local Journal. “There’s still some work to be done regarding the tender process, but by late 2018 all the work in the field will finally begin. I’ve worked on this file extensively and the file has been at the treasury board since 2016 so we expect the work will be completed.”

Work scope

Mayor Robert Grimaudo said significant work will be carried out during the reconfiguration and stabilization phase and will include removing about 7000 truckloads of excavated clay soil to make way for the addition of boulders and stones that will be placed along a 1.5 kilometre stretch of shoreline to prevent erosion.

“We can finally begin the work to stabilize the land surrounding the landslide zone,” said Grimaudo. “It’s a file that we’ve been working on for a long time. But in my opinion, a three- or four-year wait isn’t long when it comes to dealing with different government departments – it’s light speed. We are very pleased and satisfied with the work the different ministries have done. They have worked hard on this file.”

The decision by the town to use their surplus funds to cover its $2,080,000 portion of the work was made because the Quinchien River is an important part of its infrastructure which provides benefits to all residents, said Grimaudo.

Timeline

District 3 Councillor Brigitte Asselin who represents Chaline Valley said she is glad that residents who are within the landslide zone will finally get the required work done to stabilize their homes. The decision to do the work during the winter was made because the cold weather offers more land stability. It will take about 15 weeks to complete and be finished by early spring 2019.

Charlebois, who is also provincial Minister for Rehabilitation, Youth Protection, Public Health and Healthy Living and Minister responsible for the Montérégie region, also made the announcement on behalf of Martin Coiteux, Minister of Municipal Affairs and Land Occupancy, Minister of Public Security and Minister Responsible for the Montreal Region, and David Heurtel, Minister of Sustainable Development, the Environment and the Fight Against Climate Change.

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