Daren Legault running as councillor for Hudson District 6
PHOTO COURTESY DAREN LEGAULT
With 12 years’ experience of attending town council meetings as an observer, Daren Legault aims to take a seat at the council table for District 6 in the upcoming municipal election.
Daren Legault is no stranger to Hudson council meetings and that’s one of the many reasons why he decided it was time to make his participation in them more official.
“I’ve attended a lot of council meetings in the past 12 years. It’s time to get off the sidelines,” he told Your Local Journal. “At the end of the day, everyone signs up to make Hudson a better place.”
Legault and his wife, Chantal Gerard, have lived in Hudson since 1992. They moved to the west end District 6 in 1995 where they have raised their two children. Legault is currently a volunteer member of the Town Planning and Advisory Committee (TPAC) and has served on a special by-law tax review committee at the invitation of Mayor Ed Prévost to deal with the issues regarding taxation of citizens for water and sewage services and upgrades.
“They call me ‘Mr. H2O’,” said Legault with a laugh. “It’s an issue that needs to be addressed.” From his point of view, all citizens must be treated equally in regards to access to water services and their cost. “In District 6, there are currently four water systems,” said Legault. He listed them as the core municipal system in the area of Birch Hill, Upper and Lower Whitlock Streets, Hudson’s Valleys and Alstonvale that have their own systems, the Raquette system from Rigaud at the west end of town, and private wells.
“I will be pushing for a fair and equitable water plan for Hudson where all citizens are treated equally.” He noted that Alstonvale residents had expressed their concerns to him about the current watering ban. “They are paying a high tax rate and are not allowed to use the water,” he said.
Legault is also concerned about the loss of potable water from the system due to leakage.
“We’ve sort of lost our shine. We need to work on beautifying the downtown core, the side streets and country roads,” said Legault, adding that garbage left along streets and roadsides needs to be cleaned up in a timely manner and that more public garbage cans and park benches need to be placed around town.
“There should be someone who is responsible for this type of maintenance on a weekly basis.” He also noted there are a lot of artists in town and that energy needs to be harnessed for the town’s benefit.
Pine Lake dam
“There has to be a solution that will bring Pine Lake back to its former glory,” said Legault noting that for some citizens it’s a big problem and others view it as not their problem. “I think it’s an asset to the town and a nice-to-have item,” he added. From his point of view, subjects such as the dam, population densification, conservation, public transportation, and public security are highly important and require focus.
The most important issue for Legault is Hudson community life.
“It’s all about respect,” he said. “Everyone who signs up to serve on council does it to make Hudson a better place to live.”