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Deux-Montagnes’ proposed outdoor pool project continues to sizzle

Create: 08/22/2016 - 22:03

The enthusiasm continues among a good number of residents for the City of Deux-Montagnes’ plans to build an indoor pool complex in conjunction with its municipal neighbour Ste-Marthe-sur-le-Lac – although others remain opposed.
At the Aug. 11 city council meeting, resolutions were passed to clear the way for city officials to apply to the provincial government for subsidies for the project.
D-M to share cost of arena
At the same time, another resolution, facilitating an intermunicipal agreement between Deux-Montagnes and Ste-Marthe, would see the latter begin sharing the actual costs of operating the Deux-Montagnes arena, rather than having Ste-Marthe residents pay on a user basis.
Brimming with enthusiasm to share his views, Michel Mongeon, who has lived on 24th Ave. for the past 35 years, said during question period that he was generally pleased with Mayor Denis Martin’s style of governance, although he noted that his property taxes have doubled in 20 years.
Questioning the necessity for a pool complex, Mongeon pointed out that the population of Deux-Montagnes currently consists primarily of middle-aged, semi-retired or retired people and that residential construction has stagnated here.
A pool project critic
This stands in contrast to Ste-Marthe, he added, where there’s been a construction boom these past few years and the population consists largely of young families with children who’ll derive the full benefits of an indoor pool facility. “In Ste-Marthe-sur-le-Lac 25 years ago there were just cabins to be seen,” he pointed out. “Today it’s one of the biggest cities.
“I’m prepared to say that in Ste-Marthe-sur-le-Lac there will be more people from there using that pool than little swimmers from Deux-Montagnes,” he continued, while adding that no one in his household is a regular swimmer and that most families in Deux-Montagnes had children who are grown and adults now.
Pro-pool petition tabled
Joannie Carter came forward to present a petition with 260 signatures from Deux-Montagnes residents who favour the pool project. She pointed out that, contrary to statements made by some opponents who maintain retirees are less likely to use a pool, more and more seniors are taking part in organized aquatic activities.
Monique Dorion of 26th Ave., who was one of the most outspoken critics of the pool project when city council held a public meeting on the project earlier this year, insisted that instead of being a project that unites residents, it will divide them instead. More importantly, she maintained that a better way for the city to spend money would be lower property taxes with it.

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