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Vaudreuil-Dorion will unveil its water tower mural on June 5


Vaudreuil-Dorion approved a motion at its April 15 council meeting to rent a hydraulic lift to enable artists to work on a top-to-bottom mural on the water tower that will commemorate the 25th anniversary of the merger of both municipalities. The fresco will be officially inaugurated the evening of June 5 as part of the three-day Les Arts et la Ville symposium being hosted by the city this year.

The City of Vaudreuil-Dorion announced it will rent a large hydraulic lift to fulfill its commitment to have a mural painted onto its iconic water tower which will be unveiled June 5 as part of its celebrations to mark the 25th anniversary of the merger of the municipalities of Vaudreuil and Dorion in 1994.

The iconic white water tower which stands behind a row of two-storey commercial buildings at Place Dumont in the Dorion sector near Harwood Boulevard will be revamped by artists from the ASHOP Productions group in collaboration with the non-profit organization Kolab.

Hydraulic lift rental

“They were supposed to use scaffolding but after verifying with engineers, they discovered they couldn’t drill holes through the steel structure and we cannot weld anything on the side of the structure so we decided to rent a big hydraulic lift,” Mayor Guy Pilon told The Journal.

Mayor Pilon said the city awarded a contract to Kolab/ASHOP Productions last December. The specialized firm will design a concept for a full-length mural and digital artwork display reflecting the historic and current heritage that binds both municipalities that will be integrated onto the tower.

Mural and digital artwork

Members from Kolab already met with residents during a public information session last November to get information about what attributes should be included as part of the mural and digital artwork display. This project will be carried out as part of an agreement with Quebec’s Ministère de la Culture et des Communications.

Residents, along with business owners from the sector, artists and students from Saint-Jean Baptiste School took part in a few brainstorming sessions to help determine the key mural elements that will be included in the water tower project.

Unveiling on June 5 at 7 p.m.

Pilon is eagerly anticipating the outcome of the project which will be officially unveiled to the public during the upcoming Les Arts et la Ville symposium on June 5 at 7 p.m. “It will become our signature for this section of our city,” said Pilon. “We’ve seen pictures of what Kolab did elsewhere. They’ve painted farm silos in Ontario. They do amazing work.”

The water tower serves as a reservoir for Dorion’s aqueduct network which is supplied by the drinking water wells located within Saint-Lazare. The tower has been a part of the sector’s landscape since the early 1950s. For more information regarding the astounding murals created by Kolab (ASHOP), visit their website at www.ashop.ca.


The fire station on the southeast corner of Route De Lotbinière and Rue St. Joseph will be demolished to make way for a brand new $6.4 million facility that will feature a barracks that will enable personnel to man the station 24-hours-a-day. Construction is scheduled to begin in spring 2020.

New fire station

City council announced it will go ahead with its project to build a new fire station to replace the existing facility at 85 Route Lotbinière after no signatures were collected during a registry signing opposing the project.

Plans for the new facility will be drawn up with construction proposed for spring 2020. The existing structure will be demolished. The emergency personnel and equipment will be put into temporary facilities during the construction. The new fire station will cost $6.4 million and will include barracks for the firefighters that will allow the station to be manned 24 hours a day.

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