Highlights – Town Council Meeting, December 14th, 2021

(Held via webcast due to COVID-19 restrictions – Full recording and agenda of the Town Council meeting is available on the Town website.)

Mayor Ektvedt opened the meeting at 7:31 pm

Adoption of the agenda, with the withdrawal of items L.1, L.2, L.3 and L.4 and the addition of items N.1 and N.2.

 Question Period I

 Questions sent prior to the meeting to the Town Clerk (as per instructions on the Baie-D’Urfé website)

Question regarding a request for a summer camp in Baie-D’Urfé by Annie Hinse. – Mayor: This is a topic that will be given attention in the council for such a possibility. However, in the meanwhile there is a day camp in Senneville for ages 5-12 .

Commander’s Report

Note: Commander Couture’s report was by the Director General on his behalf.

A complaint was received concerning students parking on Victoria, Oxford and Cambridge streets, the problem is being worked on. The citizens are reminded of the prohibition of hunting on the territory of the agglomeration of Montreal. A recent visit of the social community officers was organized for the Alexander Von Humboldt School for a presentation on cyber security. The presence of roadblocks in the area for alcohol-impaired and drug-impaired driving during the holiday season has been implemented. Finally, no break-ins have been reported since October 21, 2021.

Mayor’s Report

1) Flu vaccination clinic at the Red Barn in November had a successful turn-out. 2) The Christmas tree lighting ceremony at the Fritz Community Center, was a great event that was enjoyed by many citizens. We look forward to seeing it again. 3) On November 27, 2021, a Boil Water Advisory was issued across the west island. Thanks to the Administration for their response with respect to communications. 4) On the 11th of this month, there were power outages across the province due to high winds. Branch collection in progress. 5) No fatalities were reported after a residential fire. Many thanks to the Firefighters and the SPVM who were  rapidly at the scene and did an excellent job of responding. 6) Call for tenders for the by-law overhaul has been published. 7) TPAC calls for candidates as members, the deadline for applications: January 7, 2022. Finally, the Mayor announces that she will sit on 2 committees, that on Water, environment, sustainable development and large parks and transportation and public works.

 Councilors’ Reports

Councilor Drouin: Highlights the residential fire as well as the power outages due to the storm, and the great role that the Rescue Squad played in helping in both situations. The community has a fantastic spirit when it comes to helping out fellow neighbours.

Director General’s Report

1) The municipal election was held on November 7, 2021. Thanks extended to the Town Clerk as the Returning Officer and all election officers. As well as welcoming the newly elected members. 2) Council met with department heads at Town Hall and the Public Works Building. 3) In-person meetings at the Fritz Community Center for the budget and three-year capital expenditure program. Finalization of said program. 4) The Director General thanks the Treasurer, the Director of Public Works, the Director of Urban Planning and the Coordinator Community and Industrial Park for their involvement. Finally, he acknowledges the work of Mrs. Antonella Di Marino for preparing the gifts for the volunteers and the Town employees.

 Minutes

Approval of the minutes of the regular meeting of the Municipal Council held on November16, 2021

 Correspondence

 Letter from Mrs. Denise Morel was received regarding speeding infractions in town. Counselor Ryan: this is a request that will then be transferred to the traffic committee once it is up and running.

 Administration

  1. Adoption of the 2022 schedule of the regular meetings of the Town Council. (See Town website for full schedule)
  2. Filing of the statements of pecuniary interests from members of the council
  3. Tabling of the register containing the disclosure statements regarding gifts, hospitalities or other benefits received by Council members in 2021
  4. Draft ministerial decree concerning the fiscal potential of related municipalities for the purpose of apportioning agglomeration expenditures in the Agglomeration of Montreal

It is moved by Mayor Ektvedt that:

  1. the Town of Baie-D’Urfé decidedly object to the draft Minister’s Order entitled “Rules to establish the fiscal potential of the related municipalities of the urban agglomeration of Montréal for the purpose of apportioning urban agglomeration expenditures”
  2. the Town of Baie-D’Urfé observe that the draft Order does not correct the fiscal inequity within the agglomeration and leaves behind the related municipalities of the Agglomeration of Montreal.
  3. the Town of Baie-D’Urfé urges the Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing, Ms. Andrée Laforest, to reintroduce the working committee to review the terms and conditions for apportioning the aliquot shares of the municipalities in the agglomeration of Montreal, and that this committee be supervised by an independent mediator who will be able to facilitate an agreement.
  4. the Town of Baie-D’Urfé invite the representatives of the Association of Suburban Municipalities to request a meeting with the Minister, in order to ask her to intervene in accordance with the objectives of this resolution.

Finance

  • Approval of the list of expenses for the month of November 2021 ($965,880.32)
  • Approval to transfer funds in the amount of $90,290.00 – Affected Surplus and By-law no. 1058 creating a financial reserve for the repair and maintenance of the Town’s aqueduct system
  • Approval of Notice of motion and tabling of draft by-law no. 1058-1 – Repeal of By-law no. 1058 creating a financial reserve for the repair and maintenance of the Town’s aqueduct system
  • Approval of Tabling of the compliance audit reports on the adoption of the 2021 budget and the adoption of the 2021-2023 three-year capital expenditure program by the Commission municipale du Québec

 Public Works &Town Infrastructure

  1. Price request – Prevention program for the inspection and maintenance of the Town’s aqueduct system for a period of 2 years (DP-2021-20)
    • Contract is awarded for the preventive maintenance program for the Town’s aqueduct system for a period of two (2) years, as described in the price request document, to Simo Management Inc., in the amount of $ 72,808.74.

Citizen Services and Community Affairs

  1. Grant to Associations for their holiday celebration to:
    1. Baie-D’Urfé Citizens’ Association – $ 400
    2. Baie-D’Urfé Library – $ 1,000
    3. Baie-D’Urfé Rescue – $ 1,000
    4. Baie-D’Urfé Volunteer Citizens on Patrol (VCOPs) – $ 1,000
    5. Baie-D’Urfé Community Buildings Club – $ 250
    6. Coast Guard Auxiliary – Unit 05-08 – $ 1,000
  2. Awarding the contract to Axia Services in the amount of $ 405 260.64, including all applicable taxes, for the patrol and surveillance service in the industrial park of the Town of Baie-D’Urfé, for a period of 23 months

 New Business:

  1. 1. Renewal of the Employment Contract for the Director General, Nicolas Bouchard
  2. Payment of a 2021 performance bonus to the Director General of the amount of $10,000

Question Period II

Question by Alain Brunet: Could the Town release the results of the quality of drinking water (City of Montreal campaign). – Director general: If there is a possibility to make the information public the town will do so right away. We will get back to Mr. Brunet once the topic has been explored further.

Meeting closed at 8:45 pm.

Lara Ali, reporting for News & Views