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Deux-Montagnes holds February city council meeting

Create: 02/23/2016 - 02:15

A minor zoning derogation sought by a developer for a property on Deux-Montagnes’s 24th Avenue brought a neighbour from nearby Madame Magnan St. to the Feb. 11 city council meeting where she questioned the request.
Tree fell on property
Mayor Denis Martin told Marie-Laure Pilon that the city changed the zoning for 129 24th Ave. some time back to make it suitable for two single family residential units.
“A tree on their property that died fell on my house and I called to do something about it three or four times,” she said, while adding that the owner is well-known North Shore property developer Gestions Benoit Dumoulin.
The mayor told her that if the problem involves a tree on private property then it’s not something that’s within the City of Deux-Montagnes’s sphere of responsibilities. Otherwise, he suggested she send the owners a registered letter.
Anniversary of business
While it was a sparsely attended meeting (considering it was a cold February evening), question period also saw longtime Deux-Montagnes business owner and resident Deus Jutras come forward to address the mayor and council with some greetings. According to Jutras, who owns Constantin Service Inc. on Oka Rd. which sells and services household appliances, 2016 marks a half century since he opened.
“On March 10, it will be 50 years I’m in business,” said the spry 82-year-old who’s still in exellent physical shape and who can be seen each year riding his unicycle in the annual Deux-Montagnes Santa Claus Parade. “But unfortunately I’m losing my eyesight,” he added, saying that some bad medical treatment made the situation worse.
Elections next year
In other business dealt with during the meeting, Councillor Manon Robitaille was appointed substitute mayor to the MRC de Deux-Montagnes. With municipal elections due to take place in November next year, the city has begun some of the preparatory procedures. Among them, the City of Deux-Montagnes’s six electoral districts are being surveyed to determine if the number of residents in each is proportional and in keeping with electoral boundary standards established by the province.
As well during the meeting, council took measures to hire temporary student staffers this summer in certain municipal departments such as technical services. Council also hired a new part-time on-call firefighter for the Deux-Montagnes/Ste-Marthe-sur-le-Lac intermunicipal fire security service. A contract was awarded in conjunction with the city’s public works department to Groupe Gesfor to act as consultants to identify asbestos-containing materials for removal at municipal buildings.

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