Regular Meeting, June 3, 2019
May 10, 2019

Some decisions:

  • Mayor’s Key Takeaways from the 2018 Financial Report and External Auditor’s Report

Mayor Guillaume Lamoureux presented the highlights of the 2018 financial report during the Municipal Council meeting on Monday, June 3, 2019. Please find his full comments below.

In accordance with the provisions of Article 176.2.2 of the Municipal Code of Québec, at this regular meeting of the Municipal Council today, June 3, 2019, it is my pleasure to share with the residents of La Pêche the highlights of the financial report and the external auditor’s report for the fiscal year ending December 31, 2018, as audited by the chartered professional accountants at Dignard Ethier CPA Inc. 

Fiscal Year 2018 closed with a surplus of $501,471 for the reporting period, based on revenue of $14,704,030 and expenses and capital reserves of $14,202,559, as audited by the external auditor. A portion of the surplus was appropriated for FY 2019 and a balance of $136,029 remains to be allocated. To this end, the external auditor made certain adjustments to the financial statements so that they comply with the financial disclosure presentation manual, which had an impact on the unallocated surplus.   

Achievements in 2018 

Out of total expenses of more than $14 million, road improvements accounted for $1.30 million and non-negotiable obligations or shares accounted for just under $10 million: 

• MRC share including public safety: $3.35 million
• Waste management: $1.40 million
• Debt management: $1.27 million
• Salaries including benefits: $3.98 million

In 2018, the Municipality installed two platforms on the north shore of Rivière La Pêche in Parc des Fondateurs. It also created a second entrance to the William-Gonzalez fire station to make it easier for the fire trucks to manoeuver. The Municipality purchased a truck for installing signs and two pickup trucks for the Public Works and Fire Departments. The Municipality also took over ownership of the La Pêche Sports Complex from Coopérative de solidarité de La Pêche, an acquisition which became necessary after the province adopted Bill 122. 

Road work was completed on the following roads, among others: Beurrerie, Prairie, de la Montagne, Lac Bernard, Wakefield Heights, Burnside, Sully, Butternut, Birch, Burnt Hill, Manoir, Lac Pike, Rivière, Geggie, and des Sources.

The Municipal Council will need to consider two items recommended by the external auditor. The first item is the adoption of a fixed-asset capitalization and depreciation policy. Such a policy could provide guidelines for the Municipality’s asset management and loan-based financing practices. The second item is the adoption of a policy for the use of amounts deposited in the local fund set aside for the repair and maintenance of certain public roads affected by the operation of sand and other quarries. The policy could formalize how the fund is used, addressing for example (but not exclusively) the question of who pays user fees, which municipal roads are intended for transport truck traffic, and the condition of municipal roads affected by the operation of sand and other quarries.

According to the financial profile published on the Ministère des Affaires municipales et de l’habitation website, the total net long-term debt to equity ratio per $100 of standardized property wealth is $0.49, compared to the average ratio of $1.14 for all municipalities in MRC des Collines-de-l’Outaouais. 

In conclusion, the financial report as at December 31, 2018, shows that the Municipality is in a good financial position.

Guillaume Lamoureux,

  • Introduction of Draft By-law 19-790 amending By-law 18-771 regarding the circulation of trucks, equipment transport vehicles, and utility vehicles
Draft By-law 19-790 was tabled to amend By-law 18-771 regarding the circulation of trucks, equipment transport vehicles, and utility vehicles, in order to protect the roads, ensure public safety, and preserve the tranquility of residential areas. A notice of motion was filed during the May 21 council meeting. The draft by-law is expected to be adopted during a forthcoming council meeting.

  • Purchase of a used asphalt road roller 

During the April 1 regular meeting, the Municipal Council adopted Borrowing By-law 19-786 for capital expenditures and a loan of $1,900,000. The Municipality issued a call for tenders to purchase a used asphalt roller for municipal road work. The roller will be paid for through the borrowing by-law.

  • Notice of motion – By-law 19-788 amending By-law 06-486 governing the issuance of permits and certificates (certificate of occupancy – short-term rentals) 

A notice of motion has been filed on Draft By-law 19-788 to specify the conditions required for a certificate of occupancy to be issued for a short-term rental. The draft by-law has also been tabled and is expected to be adopted during a forthcoming meeting. As the by-law does not have to go through the referendum approval procedure, it will enter into force once a public notice of its adoption is published, in late June or early July 2019.

  • Notice of motion – By-law 19-791 – Speed limit in residential neighbourhoods

A notice of motion was filed and Draft By-law 19-791 was introduced. The proposed by-law would set a speed limit in residential neighbourhoods. This draft by-law is expected to be adopted at a later date.

  • Adoption of By-law 19-787 amending Zoning By-law 03-429 (short-term rentals)

Following the adoption of the second draft by-law at the meeting of May 6, 2019, no valid request was received by the deadline specified in the Act for any of the provisions in By-law 19-787 to be submitted to eligible voters for approval. As the notice of motion was filed at the council meeting on April 1, the Municipal Council has adopted By-law 19 787 amending Zoning By-law 03-429 as amended to regulate short-term rentals across the territory. After the by-law has gone through the referendum approval procedure specified in the Act, it is considered approved by eligible voters. It will enter into force once the certificate of compliance with the MRC des Collines-de-l’Outaouais revised land use and development plan is received, toward the end of June 2019.