Public safety was the key focus of discussions by Municipal Council at its session last February 12. The hardy residents who braved the snowstorm that day understood the importance we place on protecting our residents, especially when it comes to the fire department’s call response time. Let there be no confusion, Municipal Council is not questioning the work performed by firefighters. They are certainly doing their best to protect our safety and property. However, the station’s current location poses a public safety risk given that the response time in different NDIP neighbourhoods far exceeds established standards
Municipal Council therefore passed a resolution to enlist the Municipality of Île-Perrot directly in making a solution to this fire safety issue a priority. In addition, the Municipality of Notre-Dame-de-l’Île-Perrot will request a report from the CNESST on the condition of the existing fire station in terms of the health and safety of the firefighters and employees who work there. The Municipality also plans to hire a consultant to perform a fire safety analysis of our area. We feel we have reached the point of no return. In our opinion, this is a public safety issue and we need to get a move on!
Concerning an entirely different matter, we were pleased to announce that the Municipality of Notre-Dame will be taking over organization of the S.O.U.PE. Festival starting in 2019. Organizing this kind of event is a colossal undertaking and after many years, the organizers are ready to pass on the torch. With some 5,000 participants every year, this event has clearly proved its worth and has become an emblem of our magnificent Pointe-du-Moulin historic park. Municipal Council and I considered it unthinkable to allow such a wonderful festival to fall by the wayside. We wish to thank the organizers for handing down such a vibrant and publicly popular event. We are sure that with support from the public and regional stakeholders as a whole, we can make a success of it again this year.