Regular meeting, May 1st, 2023
May 1st, 2023
The Municipal Council will hold a regular meeting on Monday, May 1st, 2023 at 7:30 p.m. in the Desjardins Room of the Complexe Sportif La Pêche located at 20 Raphaël Road.

At the beginning of each council meeting, there is a question period of up to 20 minutes, but it may end if there are no more questions for council. A second question period of 15 minutes shall be scheduled at the mid-point of the meeting.

During a regular council meeting, questions may be asked on any subject of public interest (maximum of 2 interventions per subject) concerning the municipality.

    Broadcast on ZOOM

    Here is a summary of some of the highlights from City Council meeting on Monday May 1, 2023 :

    Management of the Sainte-Cécile-de-Masham Community Centre

    The Club d'âge d'or - Les Bons Amis de Sainte-Cécile-de-Masham has expressed the wish to extend the agreement with the Municipality for the management of the Sainte-Cécile-de-Masham Community Centre. It is with pleasure that the organization is accorded, for a new period of two years, the management of the center by the municipal council.

    You can follow the organization to keep up to date with their activities on Facebook:: https://www.facebook.com/clubbonsamislapeche

    Read the minutes to see the entire agreement.

    Extension of the pilot project to allow the keeping of laying hens

    The pilot project to allow the keeping of laying hens has been in effect on municipal territory since 2020. Since the deadline for the pilot project is June 8, 2023, it was necessary to extend the trial period to better understand the issues related to this activity.

    City Council approved the continuation of the pilot project until a zoning by-law on the same subject comes into effect.

    Visit the project page: http://www.villelapeche.qc.ca/fr/vie-municipale/projets-en-cours/projet-pilote-sur-la-garde-de-poules-pondeuses/ 

    Association de Jumelage La Pêche/Roquebrune-sur-Argens 

    Good news ! The Association de Jumelage La Pêche/Roquebrune-sur-Argens has resumed its activities for 2023 following the pandemic episode. The Commune of Roquebrune-sur-Argens will welcome in July 2023, the young people of La Pêche. We had the visit of the French students last February. In order to allow the Association to continue its activities in 2023, the Municipality is increasing its contribution to the Association's annual budget by $2,381.49 to offset the increase in airfare costs observed between 2020 and 2023, and thus respect its financial commitment to the Association.

    The organization also conducts fundraising for activities and has launched the 2024-2025 edition to receive future applications. The Association de Jumelage La Pêche/Roquebrune-sur-Argens has been in place since 2005 and is intended for youth between the ages of 12 and 15. A cohort of approximately 15 students from each sector of La Pêche participate in the program annually.

    To see the activities of the association: https://www.facebook.com/Jumelagelapeche 

    Minor exemption applications

    Minor exemptions (or Minor Variances) may be granted in exceptional circumstances by the municipal council for planned, ongoing, and already completed projects that violate regulatory requirements. Only certain specific provisions of the zoning or subdivision bylaws are eligible for minor exemptions, however.

    You can’t get a minor exemption to the rules however for land use or land occupation density, or for zones where land use is restricted for reasons of public safety, such as flood zones.

    Applications for minor exemptions are reviewed by the chief of Urban Planning and the Environment for eligibility and preliminary examination, then sent on to the Advisory Planning Committee (APC). The APC goes over applications in detail at its monthly meeting and makes a recommendation to the municipal council. Decisions to accept or reject applications for minor exemptions then are ultimately made by the council in the form of a resolution, a copy of which is sent to the applicant. The council may also make an exemption conditional on certain requirements, within the limits of its jurisdiction, to mitigate impacts on the environment or the local area.

    Examination of applications at the APC or council level also considers certain preliminary conditions and objectives.

    View the minor variance applications that were brought before Council on April 3, 2023: :http://www.villelapeche.qc.ca/fr/municipalite/avis-publics/#derogations-mineures

    Addresses affected by the applications:

    Purchase of benches and picnic tables for Monette Park

    The Monette Park development plan includes five benches and four picnic tables. Monette Park, located in the Duclos sector, is identified as a priority in the Action Plan of the Parks and Green Spaces Master Plan.

    Several actions have been taken to revitalize Monette Park, including the planting of a micro-forest of native trees, the installation of a community shelter, the purchase of a new playground module, skateboarding equipment and basketball hoops.

    Benches and picnic tables will be purchased from Equiparc for $14,016 plus taxes.

    Purchase of bicycle racks

    The promotion of active transportation is one of the elements included in the action plan resulting from the Parks and Green Spaces Master Plan, and is also a priority for the Municipality.

    For these reasons, the Capital Facilities, Parks and Green Spaces Department will be purchasing six bicycle racks for use in selected parks and at the City Administration Building.

    City Council grants the purchase of the bike racks to Vélo-Québec Association for a sum of $2,082.32, plus taxes.

    Where can you find bike racks on the territory?

    • Municipal office

    • Butternut Park

    • Meunier-Werrell Park

    • De la Grotte Park

    • De la Rivière Park

    • Hendrick Park

    • Du Moulin Park

    • Curé-Bouchard Park

    • Bill-Gonzalez Park

    • Biron Park

    • Monette Park

    Renewal of the contract for the collection and transportation of residual materials

    In 2021, the Municipality awarded a contract for the collection and transportation of residual materials, garbage, organic materials, recyclable materials and bulky items (2021-SOU- 320-032) to Location Martin-Lalonde Inc. The supplier has been involved in the new collection arrangements, including the introduction of organics collection in 2022.

    As the contract expires on July 31, 2023, the Municipal Council authorizes the extension of the contract for the collection and transportation of residual materials - garbage, organic materials, recyclable materials and bulky items and decrees an expenditure in the amount of $1,702,101.05, plus applicable taxes, for the period from August 1, 2023 to July 31, 2024. To this amount is added an additional estimated expense in the amount of $84,560.04, plus applicable taxes, for cost adjustments for the collection of residual materials, namely, services to ICI (Industries, Commercial and Institutions).

    Grant to Wakefield Trails for trail maintenance

    The mission of Sentiers Wakefield Trails is to see to the development of the network and the maintenance of the trails in this sector. The actions taken by the organization provide substantial savings and collective benefits for the Municipality.

    City Council grants a $10,000 financial contribution to Wakefield Trails for the maintenance of municipal trails.

    Développement des collections des bibliothèques publiques autonomes (BPA) 2023-2025

    The call for projects Développement des collections des bibliothèques publiques autonomes (BPA) 2023-2025 is an initiative of the Ministère de la Culture et des Communications du Québec (MCC) that provides financial support to public libraries for the development of their local collection.

    The Municipality confirms its commitment to fund the entire project as requested by the MCC. For the years 2023 and 2024, acquisition expenses, all documents included, are expected to be in the order of $13,000.

    The general management will be responsible for submitting an application for financial assistance under the Développement des collections des bibliothèques publiques autonomes (BPA) 2023-2025 and for preparing the report. This project will refresh the collections of our La Pêche libraries!

    Adoption of by-law 105-2023 concerning requests for the demolition of buildings

    Following the assent of Bill 69, concerning the preservation and enhancement of the real estate heritage, the adoption of a by-law governing the demolition of buildings has become a legal obligation. Therefore, following the public consultation process, the Municipality adopted By-law 105-2023 regarding requests for the demolition of buildings. You will find the details, including the list of buildings likely to have a heritage value, in the following link: http://www.villelapeche.qc.ca/downloads/2023-05-01%20ADOPTION%20REGL%20Demolition-105-2023%20(en%20vigueur).pdf

    Our Municipal team!

    Mr. Nicolas Girard, Chief of the Urban Planning and Environment Department, was hired on October 4, 2022, for a probationary period of six months. This period having been completed, a satisfactory and positive evaluation has been recognized by the Council. The Council approves Mr. Girard's tenure in his permanent, full-time position. We wish him success in his endeavours for the Municipality!

    A Municipal Officer Designate for the Public Works Department has been nominated! Mr. Pascal Beausoleil has been assigned the functions and responsibilities necessary for the administration and application of municipal by-laws, including the one governing the issuance of permits and certificates for the Public Works Department.

    Congratulations to both of you!