- Municipal Council
- Chronique du maire
On November 5, your elected officials will have reached the halfway point of their current term. So, now is a good time to go over the achievements that marked the first two years of the mandate and, most importantly, lay down our priorities for the two years ahead.
Firstly, we must celebrate several developments and victories that were achieved in the past two years. These include the steadfast defence of Townie interests regarding the Réseau express métropolitain (REM), the announcement of a brand-new public space in the heart of the town (above the railway), our administration’s proactive and diverse response to climate change, and the advancement of major projects such as the Sports and Community Complex and the Royalmount initiative.
All these developments were achieved through prudent management of public funds, which is this administration’s number one priority. In fact, we are again looking at a strong budget surplus to close out 2019. House values in Mount Royal continue to rise, our tax rate remains low and the municipal debt-to-tax base ratio continues its downward trend.
We head into the second half of our mandate in a period of change. The large REM site in our town centre will bring its share of disruptions. The municipal administration will continue doing its utmost to limit the impacts on citizens as it sees the new Cornwall Bridge and the two stations through to completion.
Other issues will require the attention of elected officials. 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 enjoying their golden years in Town of Mount Royal.
Two years from now, we expect a real renaissance. At the end of 2021, the Sports and Community Complex should finally be open. The new Cornwall Bridge and Mount Royal Station will have been built, and a brand-new green public space will bring a huge boost to the community vibe of our town centre. And if all goes according to plan, 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 give our industrial sector a vision for the future.