• James Armstrong

Pincourt denied grant for public works and fire station project


PHOTO BY JAMES ARMSTRONG

Pincourt’s plans for an integrated fire station and public works building have to change to meet Quebec’s standards for subsidization.

It’s back to the drawing board for the proposed fire station and public works building for the Town of Pincourt. The announcement came during the monthly town council meeting on Tuesday, March 13 as council approved a call for tenders for architectural services to revise the plans. Originally, the town had planned to house public works and the fire station in the same building. The plans were submitted to the Ministère des Affaires municipales et de l'Occupation du territoire (MAMOT).

A change of plan

“They (MAMOT) have been looking at it for about a year and a half. They asked us to modify the plans on several occasions. They finally told us that the only subsidies available would be for security services,” said Town Manager Michel Perrier in an interview following the council meeting. “So we have to split the project and it took 18 months for them to come to that conclusion.

“The fire station will remain at the same location and we will just expand it,” said Perrier. As for the new public works building, Perrier said it would be in the same location as the current building. “We will have to do some reshuffling to make it work,” he noted. “We have to create new plans and submit them to the government.” Perrier estimated the physical work would begin sometime in 2019. He described the need to upgrade the facilities.

“The public works building was constructed in the 1970s for nine employees. We now have over 30,” he said. When asked how they are coping with the situation he replied, “With a great deal of imagination.”

Firefighters’ Day entertainment

Quebec performing artist and musician Gregory Charles was invited to return for Pincourt’s 2018 Firefighters’ Day celebrations on Saturday, August 11.

“This is a new show,” said Mayor Yvon Cardinal, adding Charles would be partnering with Quebec tenor Marc Hervieux. Council approved two resolutions covering the cost of retaining the performers. For Charles, the amount was $40,241.25 and for Hervieux, $11,497.57 payable to the firm Gestion Pierre Gravel Inc. for the show. According to the mayor, council has decided to drop the plan to hire the Orchestre Métropolitain de Montréal for an outdoor concert on Sunday, August 12.

“We are looking for something different, possibly jazz, for the Sunday concert,” he said.

Complaints and requests

The town website will be upgraded with a module that will give citizens a centralized service for expressing their complaints and requests for information.

“It will improve the response time for all citizens,” said Mayor Cardinal. He described the module as being directly connected to all the town’s departments. The contract for installation and implementation was awarded to ACCEO Solutions Inc. at a cost of $18,330.75.

Council also approved the purchase of two replacement 4x4 Crew Cab pickup trucks for emergency services and fire protection use. The contract for the purchase was awarded to the lowest bidder Fortier (Montréal) Auto Ltd. in the amount of $128,565.05 for the two vehicles.

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