Overview – Town Council Meeting, May 10, 2022

Meeting was held in person at Whiteside Taylor and was also offered by videoconference. These notes are an overview. The meeting and agenda, in its entirety, can be found on the Town website. Text in italics indicates the minute marker for the videoconference for quick reference.

Mayor Ektvedt opened the meeting at 7:30pm.

Online Questions Minute 1:40

  • Bike paths on Lakeshore Road West will not be expanded due to the existing trees and the narrow width of Lakeshore. Lakeshore east of Morgan will be discussed with the rehabilitation of Lakeshore in 2023.
  • Swimming pool regulation changes are mandated by provincial laws and therefore the Town will follow the government guidelines. The implementation of this regulation has been delayed to September 30, 2025.
  • The historical flag post in Bertold Park is being looked at to determine the extent of damage caused by the woodpeckers
  • Minute 9:08 The current Town Hall is not in conformity with the existing by-laws and the proposed renovated one does not conform either, hence the request for a minor derogation. The proposed building height will be the same as the current building height. The Town Hall project is not waiting for the by-law review as it will take a few years to complete and therefore Council would to continue the project with the requested derogation without any delay. Town Planning Advisory Committee recommended the renovation and it is in conformity with the SPAIP.
  • Public works is appropriately trained and takes responsibility of the felling and pruning trees and therefore a volunteer committee to do such a role is not needed.

Commandant Couture Report Minute 15:30

  • St Andrews and Churchill speeding operation was done.
  • Bicycle police are present in various parks and during school
  • No major criminal events in Baie-D’Urfé although through Apple Hill, Winters and Lorraine. Hyndai Elantra with tinted windows was observed. All the vehicles where unlocked.

Mayor’s Report Minute 19:21

  • The Mayor extended a warm thanks to the Town Clerk, Tania Lê, who is leaving for another opportunity. She also thanked former-Councillor Nick Drouin for his service.
  • Special Council Meetings:
    • April 21st there was a Special Council meeting regarding the paving of Sunny Acres and Lakeview
    • May 4th – public consultation on by-law modifications
    • May 5th -Demolition committee meeting – was recorded and now available online
  • Several Annual Meetings occurred: Tennis Club and Rescue Squad (summary of year provided).
  • Thank you to the Citizens’ Association for the Mother’s Day event.
  • Citizens’ Association will be starting the Senior’s Rendez-vous

Councilors’ Reports

Cllr Lowensteyn (Minute 25:54)

  • Reported on Junior Council Meeting May 31 at 7:30 at the Fritz Gazebo. New members welcome.
  • Reminded citizens about nuisance by-law and the restrictions on long weekends with respect to use of lawn equipment.
  • Library circulation desk is looking for volunteers.

Cllr Bissada (Minute 28:03)

  • Thanks to Citizens’ Association for Mother’s Day Breakfast.
  • Tennis Annual Meeting and new gazebo at the Tennis club.
  • June 11th pre-season starts for the Baie-D’Urfé Aquatic Centre.
  • Organized by the Citizens’ Association and the VCops the Seniors Rendez-vous begins on May 19th from 1-4pm. Space is limited, reservations taken first come first served please contact Irene Perstinger 514-457-5858 or email perstinger@videotron.ca
  • Reminds that it’s “No Mow May” so please try delay the first cutting of your lawn to allow for biodiversity.

Cllr Gruber (Minute 33:06)

  • Yacht Club is opened – volunteers built new docks and launched the docks and yachts.
  • Coast guard has begun their patrols and had has several rescues with kayakers who underestimate the strength of the currents.
  • Supports No Mow May.

Director General’s Report (Minute 35:47)

  • Several positions are vacant and will be on the June Council agenda. These include a new environment technician, an inspector for urban planning, a technician in sports and recreation, an assistant clerk and a town clerk.
  • Postponed tender for Town Hall due to questions from general contractors. The tender will now be opened on May 16th.
  • Thanks Tania Lê for her service to the Town.

Correspondence (Minute 39:01)

  • Concern regarding the Centennial flagpole its state due damage from the woodpeckers. If it is deemed unsafe to use as a flagpole then several suggestions were offered to honor it.

Administration (Minute 42:03)

  • Seat 1 was vacated on May 2, 2022 and will be part of by-election on Sunday July 17, 2022.
  • The agglomeration increased the coefficient and the Town has changed its legal counsel to represent the Town along with the demerged Towns.
  • Two students were appointed in Urban Planning
  • Employees currently working in Town Hall will be moved to the industrial park for 24 months from June 1 2022- May 31 2024 while the Town Hall is being restored.
  • Madame Susan McKercher was named as the President for the by-election that will be held on July 17, 2022. The salaries ($85,500) for the extra staff that is required to run the election was also authorized.

Finance (Minute 55:31)

  • Expenses for the month were $643,267. The Financial Report and the Auditor’s Report are available on the Town website and the Mayor will speak to it in the June News & Views. Suplus is currently at $3.252 million dollars.

Parks, Recreation and Environment (Minute 58:03)

  • Authorization to sign for the MELCC for Baie-D’Urfé to obtain rights to a portion of the waterfront near Town Hall that was filled prior to 1993.
  • The Town will be part of a multicity (demerged municipalities) effort to apply for funding from the Federal Government for planting trees.

Public Works &Town Infrastructure (Minute 1:05:33)

  • Asphalt crack sealing contract was awarded. Beginning with Surrey, Oakridge and Normandy.
  • Park cleaning and mowing contract was extended for one year as per the contract.

Town Planning (Minute 1:09:06)

  • Hiring of a law firm for the Town regarding non-conformities of the height of 706 Westchester.
  • Adoption, without any changes, of the modification of by-law 875-126 Zoning By-Law to create Zone I-53.
  • Adoption, without any changes, of the modification of the by-law 877-13 regarding the slope of pool floors.
  • Adoption, without any changes, of the modification by-law 878-30 to increase the fines for tree cutting.
  • Adoption, with two modifications, of the modification by-law 961-7 regarding minor exemptions.

Citizen Services and Community Affairs (Minute 1:26:11)

  • Summer concerts in the park program was approved.
  • Approval to go to tender (as a group with other municipalities) to obtain insurance coverage for the Town’s non-profit organizations.
  • Approval of annual funds for non-profit organizations supported by Baie-D’Urfé.
  • Authorization to hold the event Shakespeare-in-the-Park “All Will be Well” on Friday August 5, 2022.

Question Period II (Minute 1:29:55)

  • A citizen proposed alternative wording for the amendment of by-law 961-7 regarding wording on page 2.

Meeting was closed at 9:15pm.

Andrea Gilpin Reporting for News & Views