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Pincourt Mayor Yvan Cardinal wins third term by acclamation


PHOTO BY JOHN JANTAK

Pincourt Mayor Yvan Cardinal stands outside town hall on October 10 after being re-elected by acclamation last Friday.

Yvan Cardinal is ready to begin his third consecutive term as Pincourt mayor after he was elected by acclamation last Friday, October 6.

The mayor said he was prepared to campaign for re-election and had billboards and placards already set up to promote his candidacy. The billboards will stay up until the end of the election period and will be affixed with ‘Merci-Thank You’ stickers. “To win by acclamation means the citizens support me. If they didn’t, I would have had an opponent,” he said.

Fiscal management

Cardinal said the biggest challenge council faced when he was first elected in 2009 was to rein in annual property tax increases due to various outstanding infrastructure loan by-laws. As the loans expired, the town was able to better manage the approval of new loan by-laws which helped to stabilize the tax rate and reduce annual increases to a more sustainable level.

“When we get a surplus in certain year, we won’t use it right away. We keep it as a reserve to help partially finance other major projects when they become due. We also know in which year all our loan by-laws finish which helps us to better plan for future upgrades,” said Cardinal.

Emergency management

The town also tries to keep costs down by preparing for emergency situations due to unforeseen circumstances ahead of time. The town uses the services of two water management companies to detect leaks in its underground water pipe and sewage systems.

When a leak is found, it is reported and repaired immediately which Cardinal saves the town significant money if a major break were to happen from an undetected leak.

Another example was the unprecedented flood crisis in early May that hit several municipalities within the Municipalité Régionale de Comté (MRC) de Vaudreuil-Soulanges. Cardinal said the town already planned and rehearsed for an emergency situation which helped to minimize the effect of shoreline flooding when the Ottawa River overflowed onto some private residential properties this year

“It’s better to spend one dollar in prevention than to spend five dollars after an emergency happens,” said Cardinal. “As a town, we have a good team of councillors and administrators who do their best to help minimize the cost of the services we provide.”

Keeping taxes stable

Pincourt is committed to keeping tax rates stable for its citizens but says it will depend on how much money the town will have to pay for its share of regional services provided by the Sûreté du Québec (SQ) police force and public transit system in upcoming years.

Cardinal said both the SQ and the private security firm it uses provide excellent service. He reiterated that citizens have to report incidents of vandalism, road infractions or other incidents directly to the SQ or the town so they can be properly investigated.

With the recent transition of the CIT La Presqu’Île transit service to the Réseau de transport métropolitain (RTM), Cardinal said it will be up to the RTM to design and manage bus routes, and determine how much municipalities that use the service will have to contribute to the new administration.

Social development policy

The town is working to expand its social development policy to provide a wider range of indoor and outdoor activities throughout the year. Several committees have been established including the Comité Action Jeunesse, Comité Ville en santé and an intercultural committee to promote a large number of events aimed at all age levels

A new indoor playground for youngsters is scheduled to open later this fall in the Faubourg de L’Île shopping mall because of this policy. “Pincourt is now on the map. People are pleased with the many activities we offer,” said Cardinal.

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