Mayor Richard Burcombe chaired the meeting with all councillors present and about 35 members of the public.
Information Meeting – The mayor announced that there will be an information meeting concerning Faubourg Lac-Brome (the development of the Club de golf Lac-Brome in Foster) at 7 p.m., February 19 at Centre Lac-Brome.
Questions – Jessica Brown submitted a petition of more than 1,000 names asking for the pool project to be relaunched. The mayor thanked her and said that he would respond at, or before the next meeting. He reminded her that the town had supported the project before but that it had been denied by higher levels of government.
Administration – The town will be shifting their 911 call administration from Sherbrooke to CAUCA (Centrale d’Appels d’Urgence Chaudière-Appalaches). The annual agreement with Renaissance Lac Brome will be renewed ($25,000). The extension of water and sewer systems to Les Boisés d’Inverness has been approved. The costs will be borne by the developer.
Human Resources – Non-union employees will have their salaries indexed at 2%.
The annual budget for Brome Lake Recreation and Community Services has been approved for a total of $598,000 – $446,000 allocated to recreation, $122,000 tourism and $30,000 to culture.
Legislation – New this year, all public meetings of council in 2018 will be held at the Centre Lac-Brome. There will be separate informal meetings in the sectors where residents can engage more fully in a conversation with the council.
A new animal control bylaw was tabled. This document may be modified.
A notice of motion was tabled concerning a loan bylaw of $850,000 to purchase a ladder truck.
Land Use and Environment Management – A minor derogation for 13 Willow street was denied. An expansion of a quarry was approved to send to the CPTAQ. The mayor made it clear to a resident that TBL can only say yes or no with regard to the relevant bylaw and that any detailed issues have to be taken up with the CPTAQ. Myriam Clavey has been appointed a member for the Environmental Advisory Committee.
Public Security – Thirty-three calls to the First Responders have already been made this year.
Leisure, Culture and Community Life – Financial contributions have been made as follows: Pettes Memorial Library, $130,000 for its operating budget; Theatre Lac Brome $20,000 for its operating budget; BCHS, $50,000 ($35,000 for operations and $15,000 for capital) Our Knowlton Weekend, $15,000; Brome- Missisquoi Medical Clinic $10,000; Hand in Hand Paediatric Center, $5,000;Tour des Arts, $4,000. Approval was given for the submission of an application for financial assistance related to the Trestle Cove and other foot-bridges.
Second question period – There were questions regarding the new animal control bylaw, the project Faubourg Lac-Brome, Our Weekend Knowlton.
Next meeting: March 5, 7 p.m. at Centre Lac-Brome