The weather was gorgeous last Tuesday, and Carrefour Notre-Dame was buzzing. It is always impressive to witness the popularity of outdoor Zumba. There were more than 130 people according to the official count. What a pleasure it was for the municipal councillors and me to see that the free activities presented by the Municipality are attracting such a great deal of interest.
There was also a large turnout at the municipal council meeting. We began with updates on several issues. First, there was good news for the rock filling project at the base of the embankment around Simone-de Beauvoir Street and 150e Avenue. Work will not be delayed, even though provincial government engineers are on strike. It appears that, under their criteria, this project falls in the category of essential services. All the better for us! A technical meeting was held this week with the engineers and various stakeholders, and we will be able to give area residents more information shortly. We remain on track for work this winter.
Some residents whose properties were damaged by the recent flooding wanted information on potential disaster assistance from the government. The RCM of Vaudreuil-Soulanges is currently preparing an order in this regard. We do not yet have details on compensation or eligibility criteria. Once the RCM, which is overseeing this issue, has signed an agreement with the government, we will hold an information session to ensure that everyone affected by the flooding is properly informed. Information on financial assistance that is already in place can be found on the website of the Ministère de la Sécurité publique: Special Financial Assistance Program for the Flooding That Occurred Between April 5 and May 16, 2017, in Quebec’s Municipalities.
Lastly, we also took the opportunity at the meeting to give an update on the issue of speeding and pedestrian safety in the Grande-Anse area. At the request of area residents, who filed a petition containing more than 100 names, we decided to perform a pilot project and install four speed cushions on that stretch of Perrot Boulevard. The speed cushions were positioned as recommended by a consultant to reduce speeding as much as possible. As well, they are designed so as not to increase the response time of emergency vehicles. Since the speed cushions were installed, we have received numerous positive comments from area residents who are already noticing an effect on vehicle speeds. As expected, we have also received numerous complaints. However, we are continuing the pilot project and will analyze the observational data in the fall to determine the project’s effectiveness. In the meantime, we urge motorists who may be lead-footed to slow down in the area, to avoid a potential tragedy.
Thank you for reading this post-meeting message so diligently and for giving feedback; this is my way of connecting with you and your family once a month, in the hope that you will attend a municipal council meeting in the near future.