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Two Vaudreuil-Dorion councillors vote against environmental recommendation


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A section of Rue Henry Ford bordering a new residential development in Vaudreuil-Dorion will be part of the city’s new environmental campaign to introduce trees and natural plants in an urban setting instead of lawns.

Vaudreuil-Dorion Councillors Céline Chartier and Diane Morin voted against a resolution at the Monday evening council meeting on November 27 that will allocate a portion of municipal land to become natural plant zones.

Morin said she’s not opposed to the overall goal of the resolution which is meant to beautify the city and provide a buffer between residential and neighbouring commercial and industrial districts, but she feels certain exceptions should be made such as on Montée Cadieux.

“I don’t have a problem with the plan on certain highways. If they set aside two meteres it’ll be nice and clean. But in areas where people have mowed their lawns for years, and then you let it grow with plants around the trees, I don’t think my citizens are going to be very appreciative of that,” Chartier told Your Local Journal.

Environmental policy

Mayor Guy Pilon said he was surprised Chartier voted against the resolution because its aim is to beautify all areas throughout the city. “This requirement comes directly from our environmental policy regarding sustainable development, maintaining sufficient green spaces and doing away with gas-powered mowing because of emissions,” said Pilon.

Mowing grass, especially around berms, is difficult and often results in motorized mowers breaking down or sections of grass being torn up, said Pilon. A section of Rue Henry Ford bordering a new residential development will also be part of the city’s new environmental campaign.

The first two metres of grass next to roadways will be always maintained and native plants will provide a more natural look although implementing the policy in Councillor Morin’s district could be more challenging, Pilon admitted.

Chartier feels her area should be kept as it is. “I know my citizens are very proud of their area. There’s already a lot of greenery. I know it’s something they don’t want and I don’t want it either,” said Chartier.

She isn’t sure whether council will reconsider the current resolution to allow for exceptions. “We’ll see next spring because it will snow soon. When the flowers start growing and people begin complaining, I will invite my citizens to come to council. Then we’ll see if something is done,” said Chartier.

Respect traffic regulations

Mayor Pilon is reminding citizens to respect all the city’s traffic regulations. A resident complained during the first question period that in early November she received a $164 traffic ticket because she violated the signage on Rue de Tonnancour.

The road signs between Rue Bizet and Rue Beethoven clearly prohibit all through traffic on that section of de Tonnancour except for authorized vehicles. A concrete flower pot is also placed on opposite ends of the street to get motorists to comply with traffic restriction.

The woman stated she’s been living in the area for about two years and said the incident happened at 10:30 a.m. She then complained about the traffic circulation restrictions which made it difficult to reach her house on Rue de Repentigny.

Pilon was not sympathetic to the resident’s plight. “Why are you bringing this issue to council? You did something illegal and you’re blaming the city,” Pilon responded.

Intended to reduce traffic flow

The traffic restriction on de Tonnancour was introduced about three years ago after area residents complained to the city about safety concerns because of the high volume of traffic. A traffic survey at the time found that between 2,000 to 3,000 vehicles used the roadway each day. “We’ve brought the flow of traffic down to between 300 and 400 cars now,” said Pilon.

“Last year we asked the Sûreté du Québec (SQ) to do some checks from time to time because some people complained some drivers who weren’t respecting the signs. Obviously she’s someone who didn’t respect the signs. If the police give tickets, we get complaints. If the police aren’t there, we get complaints. It’s damned if you do, damned if you don’t,” said Pilon.

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