- Municipal Council
Mount Royal, October 22, 2019 – On November 5, Philippe Roy will be exactly halfway through his third term as mayor of the Town of Mount Royal. The anniversary serves as an opportunity for the mayor to provide a positive assessment of the past two years and to identify his key priorities for the second half of his mandate.
Mayor Roy feels pleased with several recent developments and positions taken by the Town Council. He gives the examples of the continued advocacy for Townie interests with regard to the Réseau express métropolitain (REM), the announcement of a brand new public space coming to the Town centre, his administration’s proactive and diverse action in relation to climate change, and the advancement of major projects such as the Sports and Community Complex and the Royalmount project.
“The many achievements of the past few years were made possible while respecting our administration’s overarching commitment to sound, prudent and careful management of public finances,” said the mayor. “As a result, 2019 is expected to close with another solid budget surplus, while our tax rate remains low and the municipal debt-to-tax-base ratio continues to decline.”
The mayor is just as positive about the next two years, for which the Town Council’s top priorities are clear.
“There is still a lot of work for elected officials to accomplish,” continued Mayor Roy. “We are currently facing issues of road congestion and safety, and we are committed to keeping residential streets in the garden city calm and serene. Climate urgency also continues to resonate with us, and it is imperative that we always strive to do better. We are also committed to our senior residents, for whom the construction of a new specialized residence is essential for their later years in Town of Mount Royal.”
According to the mayor, new life will be breathed into the Town of Mount Royal around November 2021.
“Two years from now, the sports centre should finally open after decades of waiting. The Cornwall Bridge will have been rebuilt in the Town’s centre, and with the REM’s Mont-Royal Station and the new public space, our Town centre and community life will have been given a tremendous boost. In theory, in November 2021, we will only be a few weeks away from the REM launch, which will put TMR at the heart of the metropolitan transit system. We will also be only a few months away from the opening of the ambitious Royalmount project, which will revive long-abandoned industrial land and provide our industrial sector with a vision for the future.”