- Municipal Council
Mount Royal, December 3, 2018 — The Town of Mount Royal is disappointed by the non-renewal of an agreement that made it possible for residents of the neighbouring Glenmount sector to access its recreational activities on equal terms as its own residents. Despite being close enough to TMR to appear to belong to it, the Glenmount sector is, in fact, part of the borough of Côte-des-Neiges-Notre-Dame-de-Grâce. Until this fall, Glenmount residents benefited from the same privileges as Townies with respect to access to recreation facilities and early registration to popular activities, but this has become a thing of the past.
Contrary to recent statements by borough Mayor Sue Montgomery on social media, Mayor Philippe Roy wishes to emphasize that he is not at all responsible for the termination of this agreement. In fact, up to the very last moment, Mount Royal tried to negotiate with the borough to hold on to what had been, to that point, an established tradition.
Unable to reach a reasonable agreement with the borough, it is with much regret that at 16:00 on November 27, Mount Royal had no choice but to advise its members from Glenmount that they could no longer take part in the early registration—scheduled to open two hours later—alongside its own residents. For the first time in a long time, the population of Glenmount lost its early registration privileges, and was forced to wait for regular registration to open for outside residents.
Negotiations to renew the agreement, which officially began between the directors of TMR’s and Côte-des-Neiges’ recreation services in September, had nonetheless gotten off to a good start. The email exchange provides a record of the respective work of both directors, who had jointly agreed, from offer to counter-offer, to scale back the amount the borough would be expected to pay. By October 3, the Town had reduced its initial price from $75,000 to $60,000 before tax, while the borough announced that at this stage, it did not intend to pay more than $20,000 before tax. It wasn’t until October 29 that the borough requested further clarification on the $60,000 amount, which the Town provided the next day. On November 5, as the exchanged communications reflect, Côte-des-Neiges administrators were still awaiting instructions from their elected officials.
Finally, on November 23, four days before registration for TMR’s aquatic activities was scheduled to open, Mayor Sue Montgomery contacted Mayor Philippe Roy directly to announce that the initial offer of $20,000 was non-negotiable.
“The amount proposed by Sue Montgomery is negligible, and does not correspond to the actual costs. I am astonished at the Mayor’s many weeks of silence, which derailed negotiations between both directors in charge of the file, but I am even more astonished at Sue Montgomery’s public statements casting blame on the Town of Mount-Royal. Above all else, I feel bad for members from Glenmount, whom we’ve had the longstanding pleasure of welcoming on equal terms as the residents of TMR. We’ve lived side by side forever, and so they were an integral part of TMR community life.” Philippe Roy said in closing.