Vaudreuil-Dorion will proceed with restoration work at the Maison-Valois
By John Jantak
PHOTO BY JOHN JANTAK
Vaudreuil-Dorion will carry out work in the spring to restore the two chimneys at the Maison Valois on Saint-Charles Avenue. The 225-year-old structure is one of the main historic points of interest in the town.
The City of Vaudreuil-Dorion has put in a request for financial assistance to help fund work required to repair the chimneys at the historic Maison-Valois, it was announced at the Monday evening council meeting on February 15.
For Mayor Guy Pilon, the work is an important undertaking meant to preserve the recognized heritage site located at Parc de la Maison-Valois on Saint-Charles Avenue. The city has already requested financial assistance from the provincial Ministry of Culture and Communications for help to defray the cost of the work for the project.
“We don’t have any choice. We have a problem with the chimneys. There’s some water coming into the house and they need to be repaired. We need help for this part of the restoration project which is why we asked the ministry to help us,” Mayor Guy Pilon told The Journal.
“With the ministry we invested almost $400,000 a few years ago to repair the roof and everything. Now we have another little problem and have to repair the chimneys,” he added.
Restoration work will begin as soon as weather conditions allow which will probably be sometime in May, according to Pilon. The Maison-Valois was built in 1796 and is one of the main historic points of interest in Vaudreuil-Dorion.
Foundation repair assistance
Residents who have issues with their foundations will be able to receive financial assistance to help defray the cost of repair work.
“We are going to put in $60,000 into this program which will be our part and some of the other money will come from the Société d’habitation Québec. We’re telling them we’re putting the money aside to continue the financial aid program to help our citizens who want to take advantage of the funding that is available to them,” said Pilon.
The mayor said foundation problems aren’t a big issue in the city but there are some homeowners who have issues that require the city’s assistance. “It’s not a big problem. There are many houses that may have a little crack because the land is comprised of clay but there are some houses that have bigger problems and this is who we want to help. Every year we have about two or three requests for help,” said Pilon.
The city is beginning its preliminary work to proceed with its plan to stabilize a small portion of the banks of the Quinchien River at Place Charlemagne to help keep nearby Hydro Québec poles in place.
“The Hydro poles are slowly sliding into the river,” said Pilon. “We’re going to check first to see if the erosion of the land has stopped and then we will decide how to proceed. The government asked us to provide an environmental report by a specialist. We want to make sure the solution for this problem is the best way to move ahead.”