At the May city council meeting, the city treasurer tabled the 2017 financial report. It confirmed what we already knew: The finances of the City of Notre-Dame-de-l’Île-Perrot are in excellent health. The thing I am proudest of is that we are maintaining the city’s financial health while continuing to invest in municipal infrastructure and initiatives that contribute to the quality of life of our residents. Since 2010, the net debt of Notre-Dame-de-l’Île-Perrot has increased only $1.5 million, despite investments totalling $19 million. The investments included building Des Éperviers Park, upgrading sewer, water and road systems, and adding and renovating recreational facilities in all our parks. This was accomplished through strict management, of course, and especially through the thoughtful reuse of our surpluses from year to year. By earmarking the money available in various funds, such as the parks fund, the youth fund and the fund for new municipal infrastructure, and by taking advantage of all possible government grants, we succeeded in making numerous improvements in all areas of municipal activity, controlling debt and providing residents with high-quality infrastructure and varied, unique recreational programming. Notre-Dame-de-l’Île-Perrot is more than ever a city that stands out for its vibrancy and quality of life.
Speaking of pride, the arts integration project at Des Éperviers Park was launched on May 8, 2018, with students from the arts program at Du Chêne-Bleu High School. The result is stunning: a square framed by four concrete benches decorated with mosaics by the young students and, in the centre, a compass depicting the founding values of Des Éperviers Park, namely peace, mutual support, family and health. The square also includes a specially designed small-electronics charging station at the request of the students. Many thanks to the principal, the teachers and especially the students for this outstanding contribution to the overall beauty of Des Éperviers Park!