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The newly elected Brownsburg-Chatham council met on November 16. From left to right: Councillor Pierre Baril, Councillor André Junior Florestal, Councillor Louis Quévillon, Mayor Kévin Maurice, Director-General Jean-François Brunet, Councillor Martine Renaud, Councillor Marilou Laurin, and Councillor Stephen Rowland. Photo: James Morgan

Land purchase for campground expansion and other highlights from Brownsburg-Chatham council

The first meeting of Brownsburg-Chatham’s new council took place on November 16, with many items of business being approved. 

Campground expansion 

Council has approved a notice of motion and tabling of a regulation to purchase parts of two properties on Route des Outaouais (Route 344) for the expansion of the municipal campground. According to Director-General Jean-François Brunet, the extra land will allow for on-site, off-season storage of boats normally moored at the marina during the summer, and the addition of 30 to 40 new campsites. The cost of purchasing the land is $430,000. 

Recently, 11 new sites were already added to the campground and the municipality estimates they will bring approximately $50,000 more in revenue yearly. 

Deputy mayor and MRC representation 

District 6 Councillor Stephen Rowland was designated by council as the Deputy Mayor of Brownsburg-Chatham. Rowland, who was re-elected on November 7, will also represent Brownsburg-Chatham at MRC d’Argenteuil council meetings when Mayor Kévin Maurice is unable to attend. 

Shared services budgets 

The 2022 budget for the Régie intermunicipale Argenteuil Deux Montagnes (RIADM) was approved. The agency administers garbage and recycling pickup for four municipalities and its 2022 budget is $6,942,336. Brownsburg-Chatham is responsible for 27.45 per cent of the budget. 

In 2022, the budget for the Régie d’assainissement des eaux usées de Chatham/Lachute is $1,265,200. The agency jointly manages a sewage system between Brownsburg-Chatham and Lachute. Brownsburg-Chatham’s share of the budget is $151,000.  

Long-term loan 

The municipality will borrow up to $1 million to defray long-term costs while awaiting payment from tax revenue or government grants. 

Rail resolution 

Council approved a resolution requesting the federal and Québec governments to examine the costs and benefits of restoring passenger rail service to the Montréal to Gatineau rail line. Other municipalities along the line have also been approving the resolution. 

 

James Morgan

James Morgan is a freelance contributor. He has worked for several print and broadcast media outlets. James loves the history, natural beauty, and people of eastern Ontario and western Quebec.

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