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Regular meeting, November 2, 2020
November 2nd, 2020

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COUNCIL MEETING SUMMARY

  • Reserve fund use for municipal fibre optics lease and Internet project funding

Improving Internet connectivity in La Pêche is critical to the community’s development. Despite the presence of multiple service providers, and despite the incentives they receive to improve service, a number of areas remain underserved. In addition, the Municipality has funds available that were invested in Rapide-O-Web and that could be used to pay for the upkeep of the municipal fibre optics acquired from CSPO (Commission scolaire des Portages de l’Outaouais) and thus achieve this goal.

Municipal Council therefore decided to authorize allocation of the $100,000 unallocated surplus to Internet development projects. The mayor and director general are tasked with negotiating with potential providers to develop draft municipal fibre optic lease agreements or invest in projects.

Pablo Sanchez, who was instrumental in acquiring these fibre optics and identifying underserved areas, has continued to lend his invaluable expertise in pursuit of these goals.


  • Redevelopment of Monette Park in Duclos

After waiting for close to a year, residents of Duclos and beyond will see work begin to revamp Monette Park at 31 chemin René-Lévesque.

Municipal Council awarded Soudure Élite Plus the contract to prepare the site for a maximum of $9,200 plus tax.

Stages of the park revitalization project

In September 2019, the Recreation Department team held a public consultation session with the public to identify needs. Following this informative meeting, the team drew up a feasibility plan based on available budgets.

Despite the current pandemic, the shortage of materials, and extended production delays, the Municipality is proud to announce that it is moving forward with the plan to revitalize Monette Park.

  • In the coming weeks, teams will be marking the site and preparing the base of the future 6 x 9-metre (20 x 30-ft.) community shelter.
  • In spring 2021, work will continue with the construction of the main shelter and a smaller one for pétanque players. A trail with tables and park benches will also be put in. In addition, there will be skateboarding and/or cycling facilities for younger park users (partly subsidized by the Duclos Recreation Committee).
  • Lastly, in May local species of trees will be planted to create a microforest. This initiative has been made possible thanks to the La Pêche Global Forest Initiative (https://www.facebook.com/LaPecheGlobalForestInitiative/).

  • Signing of animal control contract ­ 2021–2023

The contract with Société pour la Prévention de la Cruauté aux Animaux de l’Outaouais (SPCA) expires on December 31, 2020. Given the important issues surrounding animal control, the Municipality wants to improve this service. Anitek submitted a service proposal for $39,500 plus tax to provide La Pêche residents with the following services from 2021 to 2023:

  • Educate the public and raise awareness of animals’ needs
  • Take in and temporarily shelter stray, injured, and abandoned animals
  • Return lost animals to their owners whenever possible
  • Rescue animals requiring assistance in emergencies
  • Advise owners on animal ownership issues

Municipal Council therefore adopted the resolution awarding the animal control contract to Anitek and instructed the mayor and director general to finalize the terms.


  • Temporary authorization for long-term bed & breakfast rentals

MRC des Collines is located in the red zone and the restrictive control measures in effect in the lodging and food service industry are severely affecting lodging establishments. Requests have been submitted asking the Municipality to loosen restrictions for such businesses, and the Municipality wants to support them during the pandemic. However, long-term rentals are not permitted in the area where these establishments are located. Council therefore adopted a temporary exemption for businesses that would like to be able to proceed with longer-term rentals. It should be noted that this relief is being extended for the duration of the pandemic and will be repealed once provincial government restrictions are lifted. Moreover, long-term rentals must be renewed monthly.


  • Reducing the speed limit on chemin Pontbriand

The Municipality received a request from citizens to support them in their efforts to have Ministère des Transports du Québec (MTQ) reduce the speed limit on chemin Pontbriand to improve user safety. The stretch of road in question starts north of the intersection with chemin Lionel-Beausoleil and extends to 568 chemin Pontbriand. Municipal Council supports this request for MTQ to reduce the speed limit on chemin Pontbriand and is asking MTQ to assess the situation.


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