At the December session, an initial step was taken to improve the fire safety infrastructure serving L’Île-Perrot and Notre-Dame-de-l’Île-Perrot. Council tabled a draft by‑law to establish a reserve to fund fire safety expenditures. By expenditures, we are thinking mainly of the construction of a new fire station. Both firefighters and the population of NDIP have been waiting for this project for several years. Firefighters are working under less than optimal conditions and response times in certain sectors are long because the current fire station is not centrally located. We want to ensure that services properly address the needs of all our residents. The two municipalities will decide together the station’s location and the form of collaboration going forward. Construction of a modern fire station in a better location will definitely come with significant costs. Creating a dedicated reserve (a management approach commonly used in Notre‑Dame for major projects) will lessen the impact of the future infrastructure project on the municipality’s finances and on your taxes.
The 2019 budget and three-year capital program will be tabled at a special meeting on Tuesday, December 18 at 7:00 p.m. at Carrefour Notre-Dame. Preparing the budget is a demanding task since we must strike a fair balance between infrastructure maintenance requirements – projects that improve the quality of life in Notre-Dame – and taxpayers’ capacity to pay. This year, we must also deal with a rise in the proportionate share and the coming into force of a new property assessment roll. We are confident we will be able to find an approach that is fair and equitable for everyone.
On behalf of the Members of Council, I encourage you to attend the session for the tabling of the 2019 budget and the three-year capital plan.