The worsening condition of regional collector roads in Grenville-sur-la-Rouge recently led to emergency repairs across the municipality.
What began as a series of regular complaints at council meetings and angry letters to local newspapers eventually culminated in a "totally impractical" situation, Mayor John Saywell told The Review last week.
One week after a non-confidence motion was leveled against the mayor of Grenville-sur-la-Rouge, opposing council members continued to spar off against one another at a special meeting on Monday, February 6.
The meeting was called by Mayor John Saywell after he vetoed the non-confidence motion, which was approved by a 4-2 majority of council last Monday, January 30.
This week, some of the details behind that majority's decision were revealed in public during a presentation by Councillor Noël Baril.
While Grenville-sur-la-Rouge taxpayers can breathe a sigh of relief following council's approval of the 2012 budget last Tuesday, January 10, the debate surrounding its passing indicates that council continues to be plagued by a vicious split.
As during a special meeting held last month, Mayor John Saywell again complained of being undermined at finance committee meetings, saying he had proposals to make that were not being considered.
If the discord and frustration plaguing Grenville-sur-la-Rouge council had not provided enough turbulence at recent meetings, a councillor's resignation last week as president of two committees proved to be the next step in a series of sweeping changes for the relatively small municipality.
Daniel Gauthier, who had been elected president of the recreation and public security committees only a month earlier, announced his resignation on Tuesday, January 10.
Grenville-sur-la-Rouge is hoping to target some major infrastructure projects in the coming year.
The $2.35-million project to repair a five-kilometre section of Kilmar Road will represent a substantial portion of the municipality's plan next year. The section to be repaired lies between Chemin du Domaine du Lac Grenville at the north end and Chemin des Vents Violents at the south end.
The remuneration for Grenville-sur-la-Rouge council members in 2012 and their seats on various municipal committees was decided on Monday, December 12.
Mayor John Saywell will receive $11,373 in salary and an additional $5,695 in allocated expenses. The salary has decreased about 35 per cent from last year, down from $17,379.18, while the expenses have increased by 77 per cent, up from $3,208.80.
Saywell said the adjustments are to bring the salary in line with provincial law.
The first edition of Grenville-sur-la-Rouge's family festival is set to take place next Saturday, August 13 and Sunday, August 14 at the Centre Paul Bougie and the municipal park in Calumet.
The public is invited to gather in the park as of noon on Saturday, as the festival's inauguration is scheduled for 12:30 p.m. At the same time, the municipality will officially unveil some playground equipment recently installed in the park.
Two serious vehicle collisions on Highway 148 are being investigated by the Sûreté du Quebec (SQ) this week.
The first occurred on Friday, July 15 at 4:35 p.m., when a ten-wheeler commercial truck was hit by a train while crossing the tracks west of Pointe-au-Chêne.
According to SQ Sgt. Gilles Mitchell, the lights were functioning properly and the train's siren was in use. The train was pushed off the road and the driver suffered minor injuries, while the two men inside the train were transported to the hospital to be treated for shock.
After an outpouring of complaints about this year's tax rate increase in Grenville-sur-la-Rouge, the municipal council has decided there is little to be done at the current time to alleviate the financial burden for its residents.
Mayor John Saywell raised the issue at last month's council meeting, saying council members had recently discussed methods of adjusting the tax rate for certain residents: seniors, residents on fixed incomes, low-income earners, and long-time homeowners with no interest in upgrading their homes.
The Grenville-sur-la-Rouge municipal council passed a bylaw last month outlining which section of Kilmar Road will benefit from the $2.35-million provincial grant for major infrastructure improvements.
Repairs will be undertaken on the road between Chemin du Domaine du Lac Grenville, at the north end, and Chemin des Vents Violents, on the south end, council announced at the public meeting held Tuesday, April 12.
A dump truck belonging to the municipality of Grenville-sur-la-Rouge was pulled over and placed out of service for safety reasons, following a roadside check by the Ontario Ministry of Transportation (MTO) last Monday, March 28.
According to the MTO, the truck was pulled over by one of its enforcement officers "during a normal patrol in the Hawkesbury area."
An association of fifty-five homeowners on Craig Lake is the latest group to vocally oppose their dissatisfaction with the property tax increase in Grenville-sur-la-Rouge.
Ken Duff, president of the Craig Lake Property Owners Association, sent a letter to council on Saturday, March 26, citing a "strong objection" to the increase.
"While we understand the municipality's goal of getting its financial position in order, we do not believe that it is necessary to place such a heavy burden on the taxpayers of the municipality in order to do so," Duff wrote.
The former train station in Calumet has officially been declared a heritage property.
The bylaw passed its final approval stage at the Grenville-sur-la-Rouge council meeting on Tuesday, March 8, after the municipality held the required public consultation and sent a letter to the Quebec Ministry of Culture.