jeudi 5 mars 2009

Municipalité de Lac-Simon refuses $57,000 PAPA grant?

Update - le 6 avril: Municipalité de Lac-Simon announces council meeting that 4 environmental projects (TTL value = $29,300; Lac Simon cost = $5,848) will be presented to CREO for approval:
8.4 Présentation de projets a la CREO dans le cadre du programme de soutien a la mise en ouevre du plan d'action régional de protection des lacs et des cours d'eau de l'Outaouais 2009-2012
Ministère du Développement durable de l'Environnement et des Parcs
Direction régionale de l'Outaouais
98, rue Lois
Gatineau (Québec) J8Y 3R7

RE: 8.2: Urbanisme: Programme PAPA - Participation
Assemblée regulière: Lundi le 2 mars 2009

On March 2, 2009 maire Serge Thivierge announced at the monthly council meeting that the Municipalité de Lac-Simon would refuse a $57,000 PAPA grant from the Ministère du Développement durable de l'Environnement et des Parcs.

The grant is available to the municipalities in the MRC Papineau. According to the maire, the funds are being distributed by the MRC Papineau based on municipal evaluations. Apparently the Municipalité de Lac-Simon was entilted to $57,000, out of a total $70,000 grant.

To refuse the provincial grant, in its entirety, is absurd. I hope I simply misunderstood. But I must register a complain; to err on the side of caution. Hence this letter.

Municipalité de Lac-Simon could institute for example:
  1. Joint "clean water" ventures with adjacent municipalities whose lakes & rivers drain into Lac Simon, Lac Barriere, Baie L'Ours etc...;
  2. Reinforce efforts of Madame Dubois & septic system analysis;
  3. Coordinate project(s) with l’Association des propriétaires du lac Simon ex: shoreline tree planting, "clean water" bulletins etc...; and/or
  4. Attack the sources of algae in Baie Groulx, Baie Yelle and/or Baie L'Ours.

Moreover, with Cheneville & Saint Andre Avellin getting their drinking water from the Riviere Petite Nation, we have a duty to protect our water commons.

There must be a Responsibility to Protect: Water.

I hope we can rectify this situation. Looking forward to you're feedback.


Paul Malouf
CC: Ghislain Ménard, directeur général MRC Papineau

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