Future elementary school in L'Île-des-Sœurs' De la Fontaine park - Residents Proud to Be Part of the Project

VERDUN, QC, May 31, 2011 /CNW Telbec/ - Further to the official statement he made on May 24 regarding the location of the future elementary school in the L'Île-des-Sœurs neighbourhood, Claude Trudel, Verdun Borough Mayor and member of the Executive Committee responsible for public safety and security, has announced that the task force assigned to reflecting on this matter has now been formed.

Many residents, and particularly those living in the areas adjacent to De la Fontaine park, have expressed their interest in joining this committee. Four residents from Les Verrières, 3 from Place du Soleil, 2 from rue Berlioz, 1 from rue Terry-Fox and 1 from rue Abélard will serve as members of this committee. "I am confident that with their willingness and open-mindedness, we will succeed in proposing a construction project which, we hope, will be well received by everyone," stated Mayor Trudel.

As it may be recalled, the Québec government requires that the Cities provide the land for free when it subsidizes the construction of any new school. In the L'Île-des-Sœurs neighbourhood, De la Fontaine park is the only piece of land belonging to the Verdun Borough that could potentially be the site of a school and gymnasium; nevertheless, if this land is used, the zoning bylaw must be amended, and some residents living in areas bordering the park seem to be opposed to it.

In this context and following the comments received at two information and consultation sessions, Mayor Claude Trudel and the members of his Council reached the decision to temporarily suspend the adoption of the zoning bylaw amendment and to set up a working committee. This committee of residents living in areas adjacent to De la Fontaine park, as mentioned above, as well as representatives of the Verdun Borough and Marguerite-Bourgeoys school board in addition to parents of students have been appointed to reflect on ways and means of improving this school construction project. The Committee's first meeting will take place on Monday, June 6.

As pointed out by Mayor Trudel in his official statement on May 24, "the only sustainable, suitable solution continues to be the construction of the new elementary school in a small part—and I repeat "small part"—of De la Fontaine park."

SOURCE VILLE DE MONTREAL - ARRONDISSEMENT DE VERDUN

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Source:  Verdun Borough

For information: 
Francine Morin
Responsable du protocole et des relations publiques
Verdun Borough
514-765-7282
francine.morin@verdun.ca
francinemorin@ville.montreal.qc.ca

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