The October council meeting often marks a transition point. We are clearly moving into preparations for the winter. Our autumn landscapes will soon be at their finest, and we have to be ready for the leaves falling from the trees and the inevitable snowfalls. To that end, we have let contracts for manholes clearing, leaf collection and the planting of trees purchased for the fall. The committee and I have also authorized expenditures for the purchase of sand and ice melter.
At this time of year, the council also reviews the quarterly statements to get an accurate reading on the city’s finances at September 30. 2018 will have been a very busy year, with investments in the order of $9.3 million throughout the territory of Notre-Dame. And, terrific news for everyone is that these investments will only mean a very slight increase in debt given the many grants we were able to obtain and the reserve funds we had set up for such expenditures. These numbers show the soundness of our budget decisions over the past years, and we are now reaping their benefits. Congratulations to the entire municipal team and council for their management of the public funds.
October is also synonymous with Halloween. This year once again, on October 31, Notre-Dame will be handing out candies at the Éperviers and Mésanges parks to all the monsters, ghosts, witches and other little creatures in disguises. In terms of novelties, there will be a brand new festival in 2018. On October 26, 27 and 28, you are invited to join us for Notre-Dame-de-l’Halloween, a fun rural festival. Built around the objectives of the Tellement beau initiative, this new event is the outcome of a productive joint effort between the municipality and key players in the agro-tourism and recreational tourism sectors of Notre-Dame aimed at highlighting and promoting our attractions and assets. Thank you to Parc historique de la Pointe-du-Moulin, Centre Notre-Dame-de-Fatima, Verger Labonté, Ferme Quinn, Théâtre de la Chapelle and bibliothèque Marie-Uguay for their help in creating Notre-Dame-de-l’Halloween!