The mayor chaired the meeting in Bondville with all councillors present. About 15 citizens attended.
Question period – A citizen complained that the gravel used on a dirt road caused four flats on his two cars. The mayor will follow up with public works. Director General Gilbert Arel added that this was a first that may be connected to the use of a different type of gravel. How come TBL does not allow chicken coops? The mayor answered that bylaws have to be changed to authorize them. He will see how the experiment of chicken coops in Granby evolves and decide whether it would be possible to authorize them in TBL. Any answer from the federal government about the swimming pool? Still no answer said the mayor. A citizen who uses the walking path from Victoria to the beach asked that stop signs be posted at the path for trucks crossing to reach a construction site on Foster Point. What progress, if any, on talks with Bromont about police services? The mayor answered that the talks were at a standstill after the tragic death of Bromont’s DG last autumn. He added that the SQ would continue to service the town after November (when the present agreement runs out) if no deal is reached with Bromont. A citizen asked that speed bumps be installed in Mt-Echo Rd to slow down truck traffic.
Administration – Allocation of a $500,000 financial surplus to the Coeur Villageois revitalization plan in Knowlton. Adoption of by-law 2017-06 allowing a $4,300,000 expense to rebuild (including water and sewage ducts) part of Victoria St. between Centre Rd and Maple. The town will benefit from a $2,036,000 federal- provincial grant and will borrow $2,264,000 over 20 years.
Land Use and Environmental Management – Approval of 18 requests for planning and architectural integration (PIIA) changes. A minor derogation request to build two wharves, 600 feet apart, on the recently purchased property next to the beach was turned down. One of the reasons invoked was that it would be unfair to other large lake property owners in TBL. Ed. note: TBL bylaws authorize one wharf per property, no matter the size of lake frontage.
Public Security – Council asked the MTQ to install traffic lights at the intersection of roads 104 and 139 in West Brome. Many serious accidents have occurred at Gilman’s Corner in recent months and the new gas station will increase the risk of accidents.
Leisure, Culture, Tourism and Community Life – Fête nationale to take place at Coldbrook Park on Sat. June 24 from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. or the following day in case of rain. Tour du Lac Brome will take place on June 16-19. Townshippers’ Toddlers will take place at Lions Park on June 2-4. Fundraising of Firefighters association on Knowlton Rd. May 20, 10 a.m.- 2 p.m. Veteran’s Park fundraising May 22 from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Local Economy – Council voted unanimously to join Coeur Villageois.
Second question period – A citizen asked about progress on the proposal to turn the golf course in Foster into a natural park. The mayor said that talks were under way between the owner of the land and a developer.
Next meeting: 7 p.m. June 5, Salle Ovide-Dagenais, Foster