Regular meeting
August 5, 2019

Decisions from the August 5 meeting :

    Expenditures for pavement repair and culvert replacement under umbrella by-law 19-786 

    On June 3, 2019, a $101,086.70 contract was awarded to Nugent Construction for road repairs and culvert replacements on various municipal roads following the spring 2019 floods. By this resolution, this contract for emergency work is allocated under borrowing by-law 19-786, which provides for $100,000 in emergency roadwork.

    Roadwork on Chemin de la Batteuse: Request to Ministère des Transports du Québec

    Ministère des Transports du Québec (MTQ), which is responsible for Route 366, requested a detour via Chemin de la Batteuse in order to carry out an emergency replacement of the culvert at the intersection of Route 366 and Chemin Labelle. The temporary traffic that was diverted to Chemin de la Batteuse played a major role in the deterioration of the road, which had been weakened by flooding and thawing. A significant number of vehicles used the road during the two-day detour. According to the count report, 6,527 vehicles, including 1,117 heavy trucks, used the road, compared with only 210 vehicles, including 28 heavy trucks, when Route 366 reopened. As a result, the Municipality had to mobilize its human and material resources to carry out temporary roadwork on Chemin de la Batteuse.  

    For this reason, the Municipality asked MTQ to carry out a portion of the permanent repairs estimated at less than $30,000 (foundation work and paving). But MTQ intends to carry out superficial paving work only. By this resolution, the council reiterates its request to MTQ permanent roadwork and paving.

    Funding for lake associations 

    By this resolution, the council grants funding to the following associations for the work they do to improve lake environments. The Lake Bernard, Lac Ricard, and Gauvreau Lake Associations and Friends of the Gatineau River conduct water analyses, identify Eurasian watermilfoil beds, and raise public awareness about lake protection. They have been granted a total of $4,229.70.

    École au Cœur-des-Collines school park (La Pêche building) 

    The current facilities at the school park are outdated and the park is used by families and children from the day camp. École au Cœur-des-Collines has requested $30,000 from the Municipality to upgrade and refurbish the school park (La Pêche building). Given that the number one objective in our 2019–2023 strategic plan is to develop our urban perimeters by, among other things, creating and improving public spaces for the community, and given that quality of life for families and community well being are crucial to fulfilling our vision for development as stated in the strategic plan, the Municipal Council has approved the school’s request.

    The funding will be allocated under the Park and Playground Improvement Section of borrowing by-law 19-786. The funding allocated by the Municipality will be used to build an outdoor amphitheatre and purchase outdoor furniture, including swings, benches, tables, and an obstacle course.

    Adoption of By-law 19-789, which designates Sainte-Cécile Church as a heritage building
    At the request of the Sainte-Cécile parish corporation, the Municipal Council adopted By-law 19-789, which designates Sainte-Cécile Church as a heritage building. A notice of motion was filed and a draft by-law tabled at the council meeting in May.

    Adoption of By-law 19-792, which authorizes capital expenditures and a $1,400,000 loan 

    After the filing of a notice of motion and tabling of a draft by-law, By-law 19-792 was adopted as drafted. The loan will be used to pay for repairs to the road network.

    Single-use plastics

    As stated in the strategic plan, environmental protection and waste reduction are important issues for the Municipality. Considerable investments have been made to protect our water bodies and decontaminate land. Further measures will also have to be taken to meet provincial waste management standards, including those that aim to reduce the quantity of waste sent to landfill. As a result, the council intends to eliminate single-use plastics.

    Single-use plastics are not recyclable and pollute marine environments, end up in landfills, and pose a threat to the food chain, as many species eat them unintentionally. The Municipality has begun efforts to eliminate single-use plastics within its own local government. The council wishes to move forward with a by-law that will ban single-use plastics such as plastic bags (except garbage and recycling bags), straws, utensils, plates, and skewers in the Municipality. By this resolution it undertakes to strike an Environment Committee to draft this by-law. The committee will consult with businesses and residents, since they will be affected by the by-law. The council is also committed to promoting environmentally friendly habits and practices.

    Handling of compostable waste: Confirmation of interest in collaborating with MRC de la Vallée-de-la-Gatineau on the preliminary phases and planning of the expansion of the composting facility in Kazabazua, in MRC de la Vallée-de-la-Gatineau.

    One of the objectives of the Quebec Residual Materials Management Policy is to recycle 60% of putrescible organic waste. Management of compostable waste is the number one priority in the MRC’s revised 2017 Residual Materials Management Plan (RMMP). Likewise, one of the objectives in our strategic plan is to meet the government’s 2020 waste management targets. In April, the council hired Solinov to carry out a study on the subject.

    Solinov has just submitted its report to the Municipal Council, which presents a comparative analysis of two approaches to recycling organic matter in the Municipality of La Pêche: household composting and door-to-door collection of organic waste. The report recommends door-to-door collection of compostable waste and collaboration with MRC de la Vallée-de-la-Gatineau on the preliminary and planning phases of the expansion of the composting facility in Kazabazua. After the expansion, MRC de La Vallée-de-la-Gatineau will have the capacity to compost all compostable waste from the Gatineau Valley and other neighbouring municipalities, including La Pêche.

    By this resolution, the council confirms its interest in collaborating with MRC de la Vallée-de-la-Gatineau, confirms its decision to implement a door-to-door collection system for compostable waste, and authorizes the Office of the Director General to take the necessary steps and actions to do so.

    Municipal Water Infrastructure Program (PRIMEAU) funding application to Ministère des Affaires municipales et de l’Habitation 

    As stated in its strategic plan, the Municipality wants to study the possibility of installing sewers in Sainte-Cécile-de-Masham. By this resolution, the Municipal Council authorizes the Office of the Director General to submit a request for funding to Ministère des Affaires municipales et de l’Habitation for a wastewater treatment technology project in the Sainte-Cécile-de-Masham area.

    Municipality takes over management of La Pêche Sports Complex

    The Municipal Council decided to take over management of the La Pêche Sports Complex after reviewing the facility’s management reports and financial results. The Office of the Director General is currently making the necessary administrative changes.

    For more information, please see the press release. 

    A brief on the Sports Complex is also available here.