Here it is, August already—the season for harvests, corn roasts and picking your own apples. Our local growers have delicious fruit and vegetables for sale, and now is the time to make the most of it!
A few people who attended the Council meeting asked for updates about the possibility of restoring shorelines damaged by the spring 2017 floods. Unfortunately, the news is not all that good: the provincial government’s draft order makes no provision for land damage. As a result, the existing bylaws still apply, and the City cannot issue permits to allow affected residents to restore their land. However, to help move things along, I have worked hard to come up with different ways to regionalize the work done by experts in order to minimize costs. Council also passed a motion to have the RCM ask MAMOT to recognize erosion as a serious effect of the flooding, and create a better financial assistance program for restoring damaged land. The RCM is leading this issue on behalf of the region, and we are cooperating closely with its efforts to obtain recognition that the spring flood caused land losses, and that the affected residents should receive financial assistance.
In the meantime, we are helping interested shoreline residents protect their property as best we can. We have hired a shoreline development expert to advise us on this complex matter. This expert will also be present at the City’s briefing sessions in early September to review the situation. Given the large number of residents affected, two meetings will be held in Centre Notre-Dame-de-Fatima, one on September 5 for residents living to the south of Boulevard Don-Quichotte, and another on September 7 for residents living to the north. At that time we expect to offer solutions based on the government’s most recent decisions, and to coordinate our efforts sector-by-sector in order to optimize the effectiveness of our action. Council’s vision is not simply to rebuild, but to follow an approach that anticipates future events by using effective work techniques.
Don’t be surprised to see road repair crews at work at different locations in NDIP over the next few weeks. This work has been planned for a long time and was scheduled through the TECQ program, which transfers a share of the federal gasoline excise tax and the Quebec government’s contribution for infrastructure renewal to municipalities. Rest assured that the decision to complete this work in the fall has nothing to do with the November elections.
Enjoy the rest of your summer!