- Municipal Council
Mount Royal, January 25, 2021 – Last year, the Commission municipale du Québec (CMQ) carried out an audit of 28 municipalities with a population of 10,000 to 99,999. The goal was to check compliance with the prescribed by-law adoption process. As detailed in the commission’s report, when the audit was complete, Town of Mount Royal was one of only five municipalities found to meet all legal requirements. During the audit, which ran from May 1, 2018, to December 31, 2019, the 28 audited towns and cities adopted a total of slightly more than 1,600 by-laws, including 28 in Mount Royal.
Governed by various provincial acts, the process by which municipalities adopt by-laws is pre-ordained. From the initial notice of motion to the publication and entering into force of the adopted by-law, Town of Mount Royal is at the top of the class, including when it comes to urban planning and development.
“When adopting Town by-laws, we invest a great deal of time and effort in ensuring we comply with all the legal requirements at every step of the process,” said Mount Royal mayor Philippe Roy. “It is part and parcel of our concern for healthy transparency and responsible management. With some of the more substantial files – our proposed special planning program for the Rockland sector is a good example – the Town doesn’t hesitate to extend the minimum required periods and expand the opportunities for citizens to provide input. The Commission municipale du Québec has today acknowledged the soundness of our approach, and we welcome the conclusions of its report. That said, we also intend to continue fine-tuning our approach with each new case.”
The commission’s report (in French only) can be viewed online at www.cmq.gouv.qc.ca.
Name the New Public Place contest
From last November until January 8, the Town asked residents to submit ideas for a name for the future public place soon to be built in Town centre between the Laird and Cornwall bridges. More than 150 suggestions were received. Now is the time to vote on the best name from among the half dozen proposals selected by Council in the first round. Visit www.town.mount-royal.ca by 16:30 on Thursday, February 18, for the contest details and to vote. The submitter of the winning proposal will receive $250 to be spent at Town businesses. His or her identity will be revealed at the February 25th Council meeting, which begins at 19:00.
Public Works now has a washer fluid station
A washer fluid station was recently installed in the Town Shops parking lot for the exclusive use of municipal vehicles. Similar to a gas pump but delivering windshield washer fluid instead of fuel, the station will eliminate Public Works’ use of plastic washer fluid containers – yet another step in the Town’s efforts to further reduce its carbon footprint. We note that this environment-friendly innovation is entirely made in Quebec.
Residents who would like to try out a washer fluid station with their car can do so at a self-service station near the Metro Mont-Royal grocery store at the Beaumont shopping centre. Open 24 hours a day. Payment by credit card only. Also, see www.stationlaveglace.ca.
(Photo credit: Station lave-glace)