Highlights – Town Council Meeting, Nov. 12, 2019
Mayor Tutino opened the meeting at 7:30 pm. 11 residents attending.
Question Period I
- The demolition at 21 Apple Hill;
- Whether soil tests have been conducted at the new CPE site – yes, currently looking for bids from architects, on track for opening in spring 2021;
- Speed signs;
- The possibility of a sidewalk in front of AvH together with signage (looking into costs).
- Transfer taxes & property values; 46 of 49 properties in Baie-D’Urfé sold for a higher price than evaluation.
- Power outage – Thanks: – to Rescue Squad for their 12hrs/day pumping basements; – to the VCOPS for going door-to-door in affected neighborhoods; – to Maxwell Residence for welcoming those without power for longer period of time.
- Environment: waste management in Baie d’Urfe is good overall, meeting objectives and mostly better than the agglomeration. Room for improvement; how can we improve? Goal is zero waste by 2030.
- Tragic death at tracks at Baie-D’Urfé train station – pedestrian paths need urgent revision.
Councillor Gilpin: Jr. Council had submitted their big project for a grant, but were not successful. However BdU resident Lucas Hygate’s proposal of turning trash into art (“trash talk”) did get a grant awarded! Congratulations! Game night at the Red Barn continues. Councilor Ekvedt: Attended the sold-out fund-raising show, One Woman Show – at John Abbott College by Tracey McKee (BdU resident). Also attended a private group tour of the Pierrefonds library arranged by our head librarian. Thank you! Councilor Doherty: Last report of the year from the Coast Guard Auxiliary: over the summer they rescued 70 people, and saved $500,000 worth of properties
Director General’s Report
- Enforcement of speed limits: 479 speeding tickets were issued in 2019 (vs 285 in 2018).
- Drainage pipe project being looked at.
- Budget planning underway.
- Special branches shredding after the wind storm.
- Ice rink will be at Dorset school instead of Bertold Park.
Letters were received about:
- Shoreline stabilization – in 2020 budget;
- Refurbishing of boat ramp near Bertold Park – being considered;
- Community Calendar/Web Calendar -one stop shop is good idea and councilors will look into it to see what goes on it;
- Family Association – should perhaps be folded into the Citizens’ Association;
- Youth Centre. & Recreation Coordinator – referred to Citizens’ Association;
- Proposal for pool/tennis/yacht club youth summer pass – can be considered;
- Outdoor Crossfit – to be considered;
- Publisac distribution ban – Montreal analysis will come out by Dec. 5th.
- Tyson Munday appointed as Interim Director of Town Planning.
- Deeds of servitude for Hydro-Quebec and Bell Canada were granted..
- Transfer of funds for the financing of the Childcare Centre (CPE) from the surplus – more info on BdU website;
- Tabling of the October 2019 expenses.
Parks, Recreation and Environment
Contract awarded for collection & transport of organic waste 2020-2021.
Public Works and Town Infrastructures
- Annual report on the management of drinking water was tabled – grant will be applied for.
- Lights on Highway 40 service Road being done at same time as rest of work at entrance to industrial park.
- Aqueduct leak at fire hydrant on Clark-Graham Avenue has been repaired.
- Entente has been signed with the Lester B Pearson school board for a temporary outdoor skating rink at Dorset Elementary School. Other schools also interested – will evaluate project after this winter season.
- Small change at 302 Lorraine approved.
- Tabling of minutes of the Town Planning Advisory Committee.
Citizen Services and Community Affairs
- Excellence Support program awarded to Eric Pelletier for swimming Brendan Haines for sailing CORK International Regatta 2019), and Marissa Horton for soccer (Canada Soccer Toyota National Championships).
- Donation to l’Association Quebecoise de prevention de suicide in memory of Francis Deroo’s brother.
Question Period II
- Are we considering Crossfit or Trekfit equipment – Beaconsfield has Trekfit).
- Does skating park have a non-hockey part – no, but rinks at Picardy, etc. do.
- Who owns the Service Road – for light replacement, BdU services that segment in the Industrial park.
- Emergency plan for communicating during long power outages – CodeRED is on a hard line & thus continues to work; put in your contact numbers for CodeRED on Town website.
- Will skating rinks be ready on time – plan is in place, but somewhat dependent on weather.
- Whose responsibility is it to remove fallen trees (after windstorm) – if on public land/road, call public works, otherwise home owner.
- Clarification requested about recreation coordinator – creation of such a post is not being considered.
Wendy Hauck, reporting for News & Views