Municipalité régionale du comté (MRC) d’Argenteuil council met on February 9. The meeting was held online due to COVID-19 restrictions. Prefect Scott Pearce was hopeful MRC operations and public services will return to normal as restrictions are removed through March. 

Council approved a proposal from a firm to undertake a valuation of fallow land containing non-timber forest products across the MRC. The project is aimed at developing a regional strategy for the affected lands. The approximate cost of the project is $42,000. 

Industrial planning 

The MRC d’Argenteuil is assisting with plans to bring new industries to the Synercité Industrial Park in Lachute. The focus of the industrial park is to have industries located in it where each produce or consumes items that contribute to a circular, sustainable economy. On February 9, MRC d’Argenteuil council approved granting a professional mandate at a cost of $5,000 to Éric Massie Urbaniste-conseil to identify preliminary locations for possible new industries in the Synercité park. 

Old bridges 

On February 9, MRC d’Argenteuil council approved an agreement to proceed with a project to study the value of heritage bridges across the MRC’s territory. The $20,000 project is funded 40 per cent by the MRC d’Argenteuil and the rest of the funding is from the Québec Ministry of Culture. 

Tower troubles 

Bell Canada is planning to construct a new mobile phone tower in the Lac Paul area of Mille-Isles in the northeastern corner of the MRC d’Argenteuil. The municipality of Mille-Isles has expressed concerns about the proposal for several months, but the ultimate decision will be made by Industry Canada. On February 9, MRC d’Argenteuil council approved a resolution supporting Mille-Isles in its efforts to raise concerns about the proposed mobile phone tower with Industry Canada.