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Centre Multisports will reinstate discount for Vaudreuil-Dorion residents


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Vaudreuil-Dorion Mayor Guy Pilon said the Centre Multisports discount for residents will be reinstated at an upcoming council meeting.

Vaudreuil-Dorion will reinstate the residents’ discount for membership at the Centre Multisports at an upcoming council session after Jean-Michel Smolsky asked for a follow-up during the Monday evening meeting on February 19.

The issue revolved around a recent promotion by the centre that gave a $100 discount to everyone who renewed their membership, including non-residents. When Smolsky’s wife renewed her membership, a staff member told her the additional 20 per cent discount for Vaudreuil-Dorion residents did not apply.

Mayor Guy Pilon said the city looked into the matter after Smolsky’s complaint and discovered an error was made when the centre declined to give the extra 20 per cent rebate to the city’s residents.

Rebate will be reinstated

“I didn’t know about it. I thought the ($100) reduction was only for the people in Vaudreuil-Dorion. Then I learned it was for everyone in Vaudreuil-Soulanges. Of course I understand Mr. Smolsky’s complaint,” Pilon told The Journal.

The city considered cutting the rebate for non-residents but decided to reinstate the additional discount for its own residents. The discount will become effective after it is adopted at an upcoming council meeting, said Pilon.

Smolsky said he’s pleased with council’s decision. “It’s only fair for our citizens. A part of my taxes go to the Centre Multisports. People from other municipalities don’t give a penny,” he said.

Compliant billing

The Centre Multisports is also in compliance with the billing it provides to its members even though it does not provide a complete breakdown. Director General Martin Houde said the invoice procedure was reviewed with the centre and the city’s director of financial services and determined adequate.

Smolsky raised the issue at the January 15 council meeting because he feels each invoice from the centre also should include the appropriate federal and provincial sales taxes paid and the discount received by residents.

“Their bill is totally wrong. Wherever you go, you have sub-totals for the taxes. And if a discount is applied, you want to see it in your account to know you really got the discount. All I get is a big total which doesn’t mean anything to me. The same rules should apply to the centre, just like anywhere else. It’s only fair,” said Smolsky.

Mayor Pilon said everything involved in the billing procedure is in accordance with accounting and billing requirements. He advised Smolsky to register a complaint with the provincial Office de la protection du consommateur who will review the matter to determine if any changes should be made.

Speed limits and stop signs

The city is continuing its partnership with the Sûreté du Québec (SQ) regional police force to ensure motorists comply with the city’s speed limits and stop signs, but it’s not an easy task to get motorists to comply with the law, said Mayor Pilon.

The matter was raised by a resident who complained about motorists who disregard stop signs along Boulevard de la Cité-des-Jeunes. Pilon said the problem isn’t exclusive to Vaudreuil-Dorion; it’s prevalent throughout the region.

“We met with the SQ to give them our priorities. They are doing traffic surveillance in all the towns at different times. There’s just one thing we expect from them – to get people to respect the speed limits and stop signs. If you ask any mayor in the MRC de Vaudreuil-Soulanges, they will tell you they all have problems with speeding and stop signs,” said Pilon.

He said the SQ is very active in the city even though some people may think they’re not doing enough to deal with the issue. “They give a lot of tickets but they may not be giving them at the right time. For example, if they give out tickets during the daytime, people are working and don’t see the job they do. If they give tickets in the evening, people would see the police are there.”

Pilon also advised residents concerned with speeding and stop sign violations to report incidents directly to the regional SQ headquarters which will help the police to pinpoint specific problem areas.

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