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Lower speed limit suggested for Saint-Lazare street lined with daycare centres


PHOTO BY MONIQUE BISSONNETTE

Saint-Lazare Mayor Robert Grimaudo said the town’s public security department will look into a request made by resident Richard Masys during question period at the March 13 council meeting to lower the speed limit along Chemin Saint-Angélique west of Avenue Bédard because of the large number of daycare centres in the area.

Pedestrian safety along a stretch of Chemin Sainte-Angélique west of Avenue Bédard in Saint-Lazare was raised by resident Richard Masys during question period at the Tuesday evening council meeting March 13. He called on the town to consider reducing the speed limit from 50 to 40 km/h.

Masys is concerned about the number of daycare centres on the stretch of road, especially when caretakers with groups of pre-schoolers venture onto Sainte-Angelique to walk along the adjacent bicycle path. He’s worried a serious accident could occur because many motorists don’t respect the current speed limit.

“Last week I came into the village again. Kids were crossing from one side to the other. Of course I slowed down. Once they got the kids to the other side of the path, you could see the look fear in the eyes of the people who were taking care of them as they were watching the cars,” said Masys.

“It doesn’t take much for someone to play with their phone or to doze off and go into the bike path. Even that’s not wide enough when you have about 20 kids with their caregivers walking from one side to the other, especially in the wintertime. Spring is coming and they’ll be using the path more,” Masys added.

He suggested the councillors for the area could use their influence to get the provincial government to lower the speed limit.

Mayor Robert Grimaudo said Masys’ complaint will be passed onto the city’s public security department. He added the town now has more leeway with the Ministry of Transport to make speed limit recommendations. In the interim, the town will install flashing amber lights near Montée Saint-Robert to try to get motorists to slow down.

Chaline Valley valuation role

The current valuation role for houses in Chaline Valley was brought into question when resident Richard Meades told council he’s unhappy paying the same amount in property taxes each year for his house which he may be unable to sell because of the negative stigma regarding the still unresolved landslide issue.

“We got our ransom demand recently in the mail – our property taxes. The houses there aren’t selling because of the curse we have on us but the value of the land and houses stays the same. Shouldn’t that be taken into consideration because I don’t think there’s been a house in Chaline Valley that sold in the last couple of years,” said Meades.

Grimaudo disputed the assertion that no properties have been sold in the area and said if he has a problem with the valuation role of his current tax bill, he can file a request with the Municipalité Régionale de Comté (MRC) de Vaudreuil-Soulanges.

“First, I don’t think it’s accurate about no houses being sold and second, yes, you absolutely can contest your property values. You asked the same question exactly one year ago. The procedure has not changed. You can call the MRC and they’ll refer you to the right office,” said Grimaudo.

Stabilization work

Meades also asked whether work to stabilize the houses within the Chaline Valley landslide zone will begin as scheduled later this year especially since stabilization work began recently in Notre-Dame-de-Î’ile-Perrot to resolve their situation.

“We can’t do anything until the (provincial) Ministry of Public Security sends us the documents that will allow us to go to tender. Your guess is as good as mine right now,” said Grimaudo.

Meades took a conciliatory tone when he thanked Councillors Geneviève Lachance and Martin Couture for meeting with him and two other residents last week to listen to their concerns about how the landslide issue has impacted their lives. “They showed real initiative when they met with us for two hours to talk to one of the people who is having problems selling his house. It was long overdue,” he said.

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