Tuesday, May 2, 2017

May 1 borough council meeting highlights - $27 million going to borough roads

Citizens and borough officials gather in 6767 Côte-des-Neiges Rd. for the
May 1 borough council meeting. Photo: Isaac Olson

Kicking off the May 1 council meeting, borough mayor Russell Copeman said that, with the votes coming later in the evening, Côte-des-Neiges–NDG will approve a total of $27 million of road and sidewalk reconstruction work in 2017.

The borough, he said, will be repaving 30 kilometres of roads in 2017, adding to all that has been done since he was elected in November 2013.

The borough, he said, will have redone 35 percent of its streets by the end of 2017. This is a “level of investment never seen before,” said Copeman. His administration, he added, has been committed to the task since taking office.

Most of the money, Copeman noted, is coming from centre city.

Old Orchard Ave. resident complains about parking
An Old Orchard Ave. resident came forward with 54 petition signatures from residents that want reserved parking in their neighbourhood just south of Sherbrooke St.

With an increasing amount of reserved parking around the Vendôme Metro, the resident said metro and train users are forced to park as far away as Old Orchard Ave. That is combined with the two mechanics at the de Maisonneuve Blvd. intersection using some eight to 10 parking spots every day.

While the resident was concerned that the process would take up to two years to get approved, borough director Stéphane Plante said it won’t take more than two month. There was a request in the past, but studies found the parking situation wasn’t that bad. Now, however, if it as bad as residents claim, it won’t take more than two months to get reserved residential parking.

NDG district councillor Peter McQueen said parking is increasingly an issue as far west as Beaconsfield Ave. as reserved parking around the metro station is clearly creating issues in the surrounding neighbourhoods. The garages in de Maisonneuve will eventually move out, he said, and the area has been rezoned for residential. With condos coming in, he said he will insist on underground parking.

McQueen pulls church motion
Councillor Peter McQueen withdrew his motion to protect church green space likely, he said, to be presented at a later meeting. To read more about the motion, click here.

400 Alouettes passes purchased
The borough council approved the purchase of 400 Montreal Alouettes football game passes on June 16 to be be distributed to community and sporting organizations in the borough. The total cost for this purchase is $2,400. Snowdon councillor Marvin Rotrand said the tickets are purchased at a reduced rate.

Pedestrian mall coming to Côte-des-Neiges Rd. 
The southern side of Côte-des-Neiges Rd. between Queen-Mary Rd. and Frère-André St. will be extended to create a pedestrian mall and public square from May 26 to September 8. This will include the installation of sidewalk cafes and “beautification items.”

Councillors make $6,825 in one-time contributions 
Borough councillors and the mayor all have discretionary budgets to tap into throughout the year and give to organizations or initiatives. This month the total of one-time financial contributions reached $6,825. View these images for the break down.

-Isaac Olson

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