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A lot of mail has been circulating in Mount Royal in recent weeks. And not only because the holiday season is upon us. The messages received by the Town these days are sometimes on paper but most often electronic. But however they come in, they number in the hundreds.

We have already received many suggestions for the name of the new public space that, as of next year, will stretch between the Laird and Cornwall bridges in Town centre. We’ve made the naming into a contest. Later this winter, the public will choose a name from among the best entries and the winner will receive a gift certificate to be spent at local businesses. For many years, our green spaces were traditionally named after a notable figure from our past. More recently, however, Gaia and Model City parks and Centennial Place have been added to the list. To enter the contest, send your ideas to us at NewPlaceTMR@town.mount-royal.qc.ca. The deadline is 16:30 on January 8.

We have also received lots of comments on the special planning program (PPU) for the Rockland sector and will continue doing so until January 15. All are read with great interest. It is only when the consultation period has ended that we will collate all the comments received and draw conclusions. If you haven’t already done so, I encourage you to visit the Town website at www.town.mount-royal.qc.ca and avail yourself of the various opportunities available to you on the home page to learn more about this innovative vision for sustainably redeveloping one of the Town’s major entry points. Once you’ve acquainted yourself with the plan, please share your ideas, concerns and preferences by writing to us at townclerk@town.mount-royal.qc.ca.

A few days ago, I myself sent you a letter precisely to encourage as many of you as possible to take part in our consultation on the proposed Rockland PPU and enter our naming contest. I also urged you to learn about the Town’s recently adopted 2021 budget, now available online, and informed you that the call for tenders for the construction of the sports and community centre has been launched, meaning we should be in a position to award the contract this winter.

Would you like to write to us but don’t feel comfortable with or have access to email? You can always mail letters to us at 90 Roosevelt Avenue, Town of Mount Royal, Quebec H3R 1Z5. If you want to save the cost of a stamp, you can use the drop chute located near the entrance to Town Hall. How you get in touch with us is unimportant. What matters is that you do.

All the council members, myself included, offer you our wishes for a holiday season filled with comfort and joy. We look forward to seeing you in 2021!

Philippe Roy

Mayor

90 Roosevelt Avenue

Mont-Royal H3R 1Z5