Highlights – Town Council Meeting, October 5, 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.

Question Period I

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

  • Program for assistance for foundation cracks available through government? DG responded – There is a program that the Town can apply for. Need a resolution from Town (requires partial funding from Town).  So far only 1 such request.  Are there other residents in same situation?
  • Update on berm? DG responded – situation remains the same. Waiting for engineer’s report, due at end of year.
  • Results of survey on speed bumps, etc? Lynda Phelps as Chair of Traffic Committee responded – report was given & discussed at Committee meeting.  Their recommendations are coming & the citizens’ questions will be answered.

Commandant’s Report

Commandant Couture (SPVM Station 1):  No incidents due to vaccination passport checks.  Patrolling of bike routes & around schools has been maintained – no incidents to report.  Train safety pamphlets were distributed at the Morgan station.  Speeding & distracted driving tickets campaign on Morgan has continued.  Reminder to all that the speed limit is 40 km/h and that around schools it is 30 km/h. 2) West Island has had incidences with firearms, but no residential areas in Baie-D’Urfé were affected.  Any information or suspicious activities in your neighborhood can be reported to the Commandant or his team at 514- 280-0101 or pdq1@spvm.qc.ca. There is also the anonymous Info-Crime line: 514-393-1133.

Mayor’s Report

1) ASM presented brief on Bill 96 on Sept. 30th2) National Day of Truth & Reconciliation activity organized by local resident (Wana) – about 10 families gathered by the lake. 3) CA held a Zoom meeting with Christopher Skeete (CAQ MNA) to talk about Bill 96. 4) CA is organizing a virtual/hybrid Meet the Candidates night on Oct. 21st.  Limited seating at Red Barn.  5) Nov. 27th – CA & Baie-D’Urfé Scouts Food & Toy drive – drop-off at Red Barn between 1:00 to 4:00 pm. 6) vCOPS+local police force patrolling schools & bike paths to keep everyone safe.  7) Rescue squad provided medical assistance during Terry Fox Run at schools & looking forward to Halloween & candy at Picardy Park.  8) Thank you to all citizens on various committees.  9) Strategic Vision for the Town has been distributed.  10) Since this is the last Council meeting, thank you to everyone for your dedication to the Town.  It has been a pleasure to work with all of you.

Councilors’ Reports

Councilor Lowensteyn: Canoe & Kayak Launch dock at Bertold Park has been installed & is open. 2) Oct. 20th – Gluten-free Lunch n’ Learn (see ad in N&V).  3)  Volunteers for Fritz garden needed to help put the garden to bed on Oct. 16th.  4) Thank you to other councillors for such a rewarding experience.

Councilor Doherty: Thank you to all who voted him into this position and would like to thank all for a rewarding & enjoyable experience.  He is not returning for another mandate.  Reminder for citizens when walking our streets: now that it’s getting darker sooner, please wear something bright & face the traffic.

Councilor Gilpin: 1)Thank you to Search&Rescue Squad for safety patrols, Pincourt Firemen’s Day parade, Joseph Henrico Neighborhood Run, provided first aid & road safety services for 2 Terry Fox Runs, and looking forward to giving out Halloween candy at the end of this month. 2) Coast Guard auxiliary – responded to 48 emergency calls, brought more than 100 people safely to shore, conducted 40 safety lake patrols, provided 23 boat safety inspections & still cautioning boaters that are still out that water levels are low. 3) Communications: new electronic billboard is coming soon, allowing real-time communications from the website. 4) Youth portfolio: Junior Council meeting held at Fritz Farm gazebo.  Grant received by library will be used to revamp the youth reading area – working with Junior Council for feedback. 5) Also is not returning and wishes to thank you all for this amazing opportunity.

Councilor Phelps: 1) Would like to share a happy story & draw everyone’s attention to Charles Gagnon, member of Baie-D’Urfé Curling Club & his exemplary action of donating one of his kidneys to another player in New Brunswick.  Absolutely selfless & amazing act.  2) She is not returning but is really looking forward to the young gentleman that will be replacing her for Seat #1 & knows he will give wholeheartedly to this community.

Director General’s Report

1) Work is on track on Lakeshore, Whiteside Taylor.  Slightly behind on service road, but paving should be done by first week of Nov. if weather holds. 2) Strategic Vision document: it’s a living document & will continue to grow with the next Council.  Thank you to those that participated & next meeting to further discuss will be in Jan/Feb. next year.

Administration

1) Approval of appointment of Mr. Patrick Leger for a blue-collar auxiliary position from September 2021 to May 2022 with a probation period of 520 hours..  2) Unanimous adoption of the settlement between the Town and the Syndicat des fonctionnaires municipaux de Montreal; (SCFP). 3) Unanimous adoption of amending the scope of work for engineering professional services for Town Hall restoration project (removal of structural assessment component which will be dealt with separately). 4) Unanimous approval for professional mandate to the engineering firm Latreille Conseils Inc. related to the structural component (since we are dealing with a ~100 yr old building) and authorize a total expenditure in the amount of $87,496 (taxes included).

Finance

  • Unanimous approval of month of Sept. expenses; in the amount of $1,736,001.64; there is a higher than usual expenditure due to the volume of projects underway.  2) Unanimous decision to tender the extension of the IT contract to the lowest bidder, which is the Town’s current provider.

Parks, Recreation and Environment

  • Unanimous decision to award the contract to purchase & install the floating fence at Bertold Park (part of shoreline stabilization & outfall rehabilitation project) in the amount of $30,281.31.
  • Unanimous approval of grant request for $5,926 for rental of mobile toilets in 2019 and 2020 to the Baie-D’Urfé Yacht Club.

Public Works and Town Infrastructures

1) Contract for collection and transport of organic waste for 2022 was approved unanimously.  2) Unanimous authorization for an increase in a contingency amount for possible additional work at the Whiteside Taylor parking lot.  3) Unanimous authorization for professional services related to work underway on the service road. 4) Unanimous authorization for expenditures for additional professional services related to the rehabilitation of the Whiteside Taylor parking lot, junction at Lakeshore Road & surrounding area.  5) Unanimous authorization of expenses related to re-paving of service road & entrance ramp on highway 40.  6)  2021-2022 contract awarded for janitorial services for Whiteside Taylor to Jan Prault.  7) Unanimous approval for awarding of contract for pump station repairs (related to our aqueduct).  8) Approval of contract for the conduct of topographical surveys of the eastern part of Lakeshore Road and various streets (needed to coordinate continuing road repairs).  9 & 10) Approval to award contract for geographical study and environmental soil characterization and a contract for a topographical survey of Lakeview & Sunny Acres (identified as priority streets for re-paving & establishment of proper drainage).  11) Approval to award contract for geographical study of the Exo access road & other sections.  12) Approval of awarding of contract for supply and deliver of diesel for a period of 2 yrs.  13) Approval for the purchase of 2 salt spreaders for the Town.  14) Approval for awarding of a contract for asphalt patching in the Industrial sector.

Town Planning

1) Request to amend the zoning by-law regarding the setback in zone I-38 was not approved. 2) Appeal concerning the demolition at 8 Brittany: demolition approved with conditions. 3) Appeal concerning the demolition of an immoveable at 705 Westchester: authorization for demolition remains denied.  4) Appeal concerning the demolition at 10 Watterson: authorization for demolition remains denied.

Question Period II

No questions received.

Meeting closed at 9:20 pm.

Wendy Hauck, reporting for News & Views