Highlights – Town Council Meeting, March 10, 2020

In the absence of Mayor Tutino, Pro-Mayor (Councillor) Ryan opened the meeting at 7:30 pm.  There were 9 citizens attending.

 Question Period I

  • Question about the days that the Dorset skating rink is open (DG will obtain information & send to citizen)
  • Thank you to Mayor Tutino and to councilors Ryan, Lowensteyn and Ektvedt for attending an event Caregiving & Self-Care, hosted by the Citizen’s Association (CA) on March 8th to mark International Women’s’ Day; a special appreciation for the help received from councilors Lowensteyn and Ektvedt prior and during the event. With the support of the Town, the CA hopes to explore further ways to assist residents faced with the challenges of caregiving.

 Councilors’ Reports

Councilor Lowensteyn: 1) International Women’s’ Day event – big thank you to Nadia Bissada and Suzanne Dutoy from the Baie-D’Urfé Citizens’ Association for organizing!  It was a full house, excellent speakers and many touching stories. 2) Parks & Recreation committee will hold an advisory/consultative meeting for the location of the PumpTrack next week at the Fritz Farm.  More info will be posted on the electronic board. 3) Baie-D’Urfé Earth Day celebration on April 25th, 12:00 to 3:00 pm at the Red Barn. 4)  Lunch & Learn nutrition activities were cancelled by McGill to protect those at-risk due to COVID-19. 5) Public Works has an electric car as of yesterday.

Councilor Phelps: Participated in many AGMs – Baie-D’Urfé organizations are healthy & executives are in place! Thriving! For instance, the library had 110 loans in 1990, compared to 2836 loans in 2019!  Rescue Squad helped 23 homeowners with flooded basements; 41% of their activities were for emergencies, 30% for training/practices, 29% for providing service at events.

Councilor Gilpin: 1) Jr. Council hosted MNA Greg Kelley to discuss the environment and Mr. Kelley brought up their concerns to the Provincial Commission.  Jr Council also put together and presented their proposal to the Town Council for the Pumptrack.  Youth in action! 2) COVID-19 communications are to come.  3) If you or someone in your family needs assistance in emergencies please register with CODE Red.  4) Contribution received from Montreal for cannabis signs in parks – they are being put up.

Councillor Ektvedt: 1) Echoed Councilor Lowensteyn about the International Women’s Day Event.  2) Condolences to Tony Brown on the passing away of his father.

Director General’s Report

COVID-19: Town asked to be on alert mode.  VCOPS & Search & Rescue Squad names have been provided to Agglomeration for preparedness.  Daycare/CPE plans will be discussed with the public March 19th, 7:30 pm at Fritz Farm.  Drawings will be posted on website prior to meeting.  Baie-D’Urfé Town Hall plans will be discussed March 23 or 24-see website for details.  Dog Park consultation with dog owners will be held on April 2nd, 7:30 pm at Fritz Farm.

Correspondence

– Email from citizen expressing concern about damage to lawn done by neighboring construction site trucks (Town looking at revising current by-laws & options).

– Email about dangerous dogs in canine recreation area (this space is self-policing, but Town will hold a consultation meeting with dog owners on April 2nd).

– Email about heat pump location on a property (Town working on clarifying that by-law).

– Emails from several citizens regarding residential light pollution (Looking into lighting by-laws that need to be clarified & made enforceable).

– Email about Pumptrack – already dealt with; possibly installed in time for Baie-D’Urfé Days.

 Administration

1) Nick Mavrias is permanently appointed as Director of Public Works.  2) Jasmin Ben is hired as Permit & Certificate Clerk in the Town Planning Dept.  3) List of annual conferences attended by Council members was tabled.

 Finance

– Agreement with Revenue Quebec is being sought for GST & PST from various associations in Town (came from 2019 audit & negotiating for a lower bill).

– Sectoral debt in the Industrial Park is being re-negotiated (as planned).

– February 2020 expenses were tabled.

Parks, Recreation and Environment

Pumptrack (modular track for bikes, scooters, skateboards) purchased from Atmosphere for under $100K.

Public Works and Town Infrastructures

Approvals of:  – Professional services needed for parking lot rehabilitation & storm drainage; as well as rehabilitation of the service road area in the industrial sector; – Call for tenders for the emptying of septic tanks in Baie-D’Urfé.

Town Planning

– Re-zoning request for additional signage at the German International School AVH was denied since this will also affect all the other schools.

– Re-zoning request by Rogers to build a telecommunications tower was also denied.

– Agreement was reached with the SHQ to continue the PAMH program to make private homes more accessible for handicapped persons or those with reduced mobility.

– Tabled minutes of the demolition committee regarding demolition at 53 Lakeview.

 Citizen Services and Community Affairs

Grant was awarded to: – the Baie-D’Urfé Pool ($21,660). Donation (as every year); – to the West Island Association for the Intellectually Handicapped.

Excellence Support program award to Sevika Zlobec for Gymnastics (Irving, Texas International competition), Evandra Zlobec for Gymnastics (Irving, Texas & Elite Canada 2020 in Calgary, Alberta), and Eliana Zlobec for Gymnastics (Irving, Texas).

Donations to: – the St. Gabriel’s Parish Christmas Basket fund in memory of Andrew Wilfred Fogarty; – to the Quebec Veterans’ Foundation in memory of Lionel Henry Groulx.

 Question Period II

– Question regarding outdoor lighting of houses (administration does ask owners, but difficult to enforce).

– Question regarding Pumptrack (Jr Council had requested it & did the research for the proposal; this type of track did not exist 2-3 years ago.  Varennes & LaPrairie have them if citizens would like to see what they look like.)

Meeting closed at 8:45 pm.

 

Post-Meeting Note:

Due to the announcement on March 13th by the Town of Baie-D’Urfé with regards to COVID-19 and the curtailment of public gatherings, please note that the consultative & informational meetings discussed at this March 10th Town Council meeting may have been cancelled or postponed.  Please check the Town website for more details.

Wendy Hauck, reporting for News & Views