• James Armstrong

Miriam Tabori eyes Hudson District 6 council seat

As a part-time resident of Hudson since 1989 and permanent one since 2012, and with five years of experience as a volunteer on the Hudson Town Planning Advisory Committee (TPAC), Miriam Tabori has decided to contribute to Hudson political life as a town councillor – if she wins the seat in District 6.

“For me, it’s a question of continuity. This is what I am good at,” she told Your Local Journal.

Tabori has a Ph.D. in Architecture from the Politecnico Di Milano, Italy and an equivalent degree from the McGill School of Architecture. In terms of experience at the municipal level, she was a volunteer member of the TPAC of the Town of Hampstead for 22 years.

Urban development

“The global picture is that the town needs to increase its source of income, its tax base,” she said noting there are methods for building housing developments on flood plains. “Today, we have soil tests and geothermal studies and there are many things we can do.” At the same time, she is keenly aware of and supports environmental protection. “It takes over a thousand years for a bog to develop, I wouldn’t want to build on it,” she said.

Pine Lake Dam and Sandy Beach

“In my opinion, the Pine Lake dam project was done backwards. It created a lot of animosity,” she said. “First, we must research solutions and find out what they cost before presenting it to the citizens.” Tabori suggested the concept of a retaining wall using corrugated metal as a possible solution. “It’s less expensive than pouring tons of concrete.”

As for the Sandy Beach Development, Tabori sees it as a project that must be watched closely. “I don’t think we can stop it’” she said, noting the owner is willing to comply with all the environmental requirements.

Hudson’s Valleys and Alstonvale

As a resident of the area known as Hudson’s Valleys, Tabori said she knows her neighbours are upset. “We pay a lot in municipal taxes and yet we have no sewers, no sidewalks, no streetlights, broken roads, and the local park for children is pathetic,” she said. She described the relatively new neighbourhood comprised of approximately 300 homes as being geographically cut off from the rest of the town. She said residents of Hudson’s Valleys have two lengthy routes to choose from if they want to access the heart of the town – either Alstonvale Road to Main Road or Route Harwood to Saint Charles. “This area needs to be represented, citizens need to be heard.”

Preserving Hudson heritage

“Urbanism has to be properly planned,” said Tabori. In her opinion, not enough buildings in Hudson are designated as having historical value, saying there should be an additional 37 buildings listed. She sees this as an important factor in preserving the character of the downtown core.

“We need strong representation at all the levels of governance,” she said, including the Municipalité régionale de comté Vaudreuil-Soulanges (MRC-VS) and the Communauté métropolitaine de Montréal (CMM). Tabori said she is looking forward to contributing to the development of the Hudson community as a town councillor.