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Budget cuts delay move of historic Rigaud home


PHOTO BY JAMES ARMSTRONG

The home of the late Quebec historian and writer Robert–Lionel Séguin, which was scheduled to be relocated near the public library, will remain where it is due to municipal budget cuts.

A project to relocate the house that belonged to Quebec writer and historian Robert-Lionel Séguin has fallen victim to recent budget cuts in Rigaud. “We have put it on ice,” said District 5 Councillor Danny Lalonde who chaired the meeting in the absence of Mayor Hans Gruenwald Jr. “It’s a two-year project that was really outside of the 2018 budget.”

He said the town would continue with the project at a later date. Madame Séguin Servant donated the house to the town in 2016 with the stipulation that it be moved from its current location. At the time, the mayor said there was room to install it near the public library on Saint-Pierre Street and council approved $50,000 for the associated costs. According to Lalonde, the donor is in agreement with council’s decision to postpone the relocation. Robert-Lionel Séguin was born in Rigaud in 1920 and devoted his life to the study of Quebec history and culture.

Rigaud Mountain land reserve

Council approved a resolution that accepted the promise of sale of a 194,050 square metre plot of land (approximately 48 acres) on Rigaud Mountain for $203,347.86. The property is destined to become part of the land bank created to protect the mountain for future generations in perpetuity. The terms of the promise give the town up to 365 days to finance the purchase and if unable to finance the project, to cancel the agreement without penalty.

Tracing the lines

In other business, council approved a contract with Marquage Signalisation Rive-Sud B.A. Inc. to repaint the worn-off lines on the paved roads of the town. Resident Gerald Gauthier pointed out that cleaning the streets before painting the lines would be a good idea. “The last time this was done, the streets were cleaned afterwards and the lines disappeared,” said Gauthier. Lalonde thanked him for the suggestion and said it would be taken into consideration. The project will cost the town $28,576.56.

Library collection

Council turned its attention to maintaining the collection of the town public library. They passed a resolution confirming to the Quebec Ministry of Culture and Communication that the town undertakes to finance all the acquisitions for 2017-2018 until a grant of $27,900 is obtained. Director General Chantal Lemieux noted that the ministry supports the purchase of new acquisitions for the library with a grant valued at 50 per cent of the cost. The total cost projected for 2018 was reported as $43,149.

New vehicle

With the approval of council, the town purchased a new utility van from Cadillac Chevrolet Buick GMC of L’Île Perrot at a cost of $25,038.68. Six companies were invited to provide offers and the L’Île Perrot dealership met all of the criteria.

Motion of thanks

On behalf of the town, council congratulated Collège Bourget Director General Jean-Marc St-Jacques on his retirement after 25 years of service. They thanked him for his work in the communities of the college and the town.

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