Vaudreuil-Dorion stops industrial land development around new hospital


PHOTO BY JOHN JANTAK

The terrain that slopes up along Route de la Cité-des-Jeunes towards Saint-Lazare will be the site of a future reservoir to provide water for the planned regional hospital.

Vaudreuil-Dorion council adopted a resolution at its Monday evening council meeting on July 6 that prohibits any future industrial construction on vacant land next to and near the site of the long-awaited Vaudreuil-Soulanges Hospital.

“We are freezing this sector in front of the hospital because we don’t want big industry there anymore so we changed the zoning. One thing for sure, we don’t want any trucks or tractors in front of the hospital,” Mayor Guy Pilon told The Journal during an interview July 7.

The mayor said the prohibition is also meant to encourage commercial healthcare enterprises and professionals to set up shop next to the hospital. “It can be anything related to the hospital – people who want to provide professional medical services or devices,” said Pilon.

New water reservoir

A large portion of land has been set aside for a reservoir that will provide the hospital with its water supply, said Pilon. “Right up the hill on Boulevard de Cité-des-Jeunes going towards Saint-Lazare, we’re going to build a big reservoir. It will bring water to the hospital and the rest of the water will flow into Vaudreuil-Dorion,” he said.

Preparatory work on the hospital is proceeding as planned. “Our Director General Olivier Van Neste has regular meetings every two to three weeks with the Ministère de Transport and the Société québécoise d’ethnologie (SQE). The meetings seem to be going well but they have not decided yet what infrastructure will have to be built around the hospital. It’s a project in progress,” said Pilon.

Dog microchipping refund

Council adopted a resolution setting aside $15,000 to help dog owners defray the cost of microchipping their pets. To claim the refund, a dog owner must provide the city with the bill for the procedure after they have their dogs microchipped. The chipping will have to be done by June, 2021.

“We checked and the average cost for the microchip is between $40 to $60. We decided to give the first 1,500 residents a $10 refund,” said Pilon.

Residents encouraged to register dogs

Microchipping is important because if a dog escapes and becomes lost, it will be easier for the dog catcher to track down the owners. The mayor is also encouraging dog owners to register their pets to determine how many dogs there are in the city.

“We want people to register their pets with us. This way our citizens will also get to know about the rules we have for dogs. This is the main issue. We want to make sure the dogs are properly identified and that the information the owners give us corresponds to the information on the tag around a dog’s neck,” said Pilon.

The microchip will also help the city to keep track of dogs deemed as dangerous. “If there ever is a problem with a specific dog, a person will be able to get all the information about the animal just by scanning the microchip,” said Pilon. The city began its microchip initiative in May.

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