Camping is earning the Municipality of Grenville-sur-la-Rouge some cash this summer.
At the August 11 council meeting, it was reported that the Camping Chutes de la Rouge had earned $190,702 in revenue as of July 31. The campground is located on Route 148 where it crosses Rivière Rouge. Until this year, it was known as the Halte-Camping des Chutes des sept-soeurs and is now operated as a partnership with the privately owned Camping de la Place Rouge which is located across the highway at the mouth of Rivière Rouge.
Once expenses, revenues, and other losses are deducted, the campground has earned the municipality $31,852 in revenue so far in 2020.
Council voted to write-off $188,000 in property taxes due to bad debts. All of the unpaid accounts were more than three years old and applied to tax arrears and interest. Mayor Tom Arnold described the situation as unfortunate.
Planning help wanted
The municipality needs extra help in its planning department. Council approved advertising to hire an additional part-time urban planning assistant for 30 hours per week on a seasonal basis.
“There’s a lot of permits to be issued,” said Arnold.
He is hoping that the additional employee will help make the permit issuing process go faster.
Several road improvements projects have been taking place in Grenville-sur-la-Rouge during the spring and summer months. Council approved paying Uniroc $265,310.66 for stone, gravel, and paving work on Rawcliffe, Kilmar, and Harrington Roads. Council also approved purchasing a small amount of private property adjacent to Scotch Road at a cost of $45,000. The property will be used to relocate a section of the road where reconstruction is taking place. Work on reconstructing rue Principale in Calumet continues with phase one nearly complete.
The Ministère des transports du Québec continues restoration work on the Avoca bridge. Arnold said that it is to be completed by December.
Studies have been performed in recent weeks of septic systems in Calumet. Arnold explained that the reason for the studies was to see if there are problems with the septic systems and if a sanitary sewer system has to be added in the village before any further reconstruction proceeds for rue Principale.
“If we don’t need it, we’re not going to put it in, because it costs money,” said Arnold.
Bucks for Blues
Argenteuil en Blues is still taking place this year. The annual local Blues festival is taking place on September 25 and 26 at the Hôtel du Lac Carling, which is located within Grenville-sur-la-Rouge. Attendance is limited to 250 people to comply with Québec’s COVID-19 restrictions on indoor gatherings and tickets must be reserved ahead of time. On August 11, Grenville-sur-la-Rouge council approved a $1,000 contribution to the festival.