New Vaudreuil-Dorion municipal centre on track to start eventual construction
IMAGE COURTESY VILLE DE VAUDREUIL-DORION
Vaudreuil-Dorion’s new Municipal Centre will house the city hall, library, and multifunctional rooms in the same building and will include a public square on site.
By John Jantak
Vaudreuil-Dorion council adopted a notice of motion at its second bi-monthly meeting on September 21 authorizing the construction of its municipal centre which will bring the city hall, library, and multifunctional rooms together in the same building, as well as the development of a public square on site. An indoor aquatic complex is expected to be added in the second phase of the project.
The municipal hub will be located on lot 4 559 873 on rue Émile-Bouchard, near the Centre Multisports and Vaudreuil train station and has a construction budget of $32 million. A subsidy of over $4.8 million has already been announced by the provincial and federal governments for the construction of the new library.
Federal-provincial financial assistance
The financial assistance comes from the New Building Canada-Quebec Fund provincial-territorial infrastructure component known as the Small Communities Fund. It is also expected that a portion of the Gasoline Tax Program will be used for the cost of the public square.
“We established a budget that took into consideration several risk factors including an overheating of the market and a possible increase in certain materials as we are currently seeing with lumber,” said Mayor Guy Pilon. “We compared recent construction projects like the Pierrefonds and Drummondville libraries and we are similar to or below what they paid per square metre.”
Emphasis on the budget
“The Altus Group, a firm specializing in construction economics, was involved in validating the estimates. I put a lot of emphasis on the budget because I know how important it is to our citizens. Rest assured that the city council and administration share the same concern,” Pilon added.
The impact on resident’s tax bills will be approximately $70 per year over 30 years for an average property valued at $324,400. The city will also save the equivalent of $4.3 million over 30 years because it will no longer be renting office space for its city hall.
COVID-19 colour codes for Vaudreuil-Soulanges
In a letter date September 21 to Christian Dubé, the provincial Minister of Health and Social Services, the City of Vaudreuil-Dorion is requesting that it not be included as part of the Montérégie in regards to the new colour-code scheme that highlights the infection severity level within each region in anticipation of the upcoming second wave of the Coronavirus.
The letter, signed by Mayor Guy Pilon, notes that the Montérégie covers a large and diverse geographic area that includes Saint-Hyacinthe, Longueuil and Rigaud and other areas that have broad territorial differences.
The mayor wrote that during the first wave of the pandemic, Vaudreuil-Dorion was included as part of the Communauté métropolitaine de Montréal (CMM) lockdown even though the situation in the Vaudreuil-Soulanges region was under control.
Pilon also stated that Salaberry-de-Valleyfield was able to reopen their commercial businesses sooner as long as people took the necessary precautions to minimize the spread of the coronavirus, even though they had registered more positive cases than in Vaudreuil-Dorion at the time which has an equivalent population.
The Montérégie is comprised of 14 different MRCs and with the agglomeration of Longueuil it’s the most populated administrative region after the Island of Montreal. Pilon is calling on the minister to set up a color-code system exclusively for the MRC de Vaudreuil-Soulanges to better reflect the reality of COVID-19 in the area.