New elementary school in L'Île-des-Sœurs' De la Fontaine park - VERDUN BOROUGH COUNCIL ANNOUNCES THE CREATION OF A WORKING COMMITTEE TO IMPROVE THE PROJECT

VERDUN, QC, May 25, 2011 /CNW Telbec/ - Verdun Borough Council decided last night, at a special meeting, to set up a working committee to improve the construction project for the new elementary school to be built in a small portion of De la Fontaine park. To do so, it has temporarily suspended the process that was to lead to the final adoption of the zoning bylaw drawn up for this purpose.

In addressing the residents in attendance at the meeting that took place in the Council room, Verdun Borough Mayor Claude Trudel pointed out that the register, and any referendum that might follow as a result, had therefore been postponed to September, "thus giving everyone time to modify—if not revise—his or her stand on the matter," he said.

Mr. Trudel explained that the working committee will have to reflect, over the coming weeks, on ways and means of improving the project to build a school in De la Fontaine park, based, in particular, on the comments heard during the information meeting and the consultation session, which took place on May 11 and 18 respectively.

"During these meetings, we listened, took notes and then reflected on the follow-up actions to be taken with regard to this project. This evening, we still have the firm conviction that construction of the new elementary school, on a small part—and I repeat, "on a small part"—of De la Fontaine park, instead of in the parking lot, is still the only solution. It is the only place belonging to the Borough that is available, viable and suitable,", Mayor Trudel insisted on making clear before all else.

The working committee will be made up of representatives of the Verdun Borough, Marguerite-Bourgeoys school board, parents of children attending the elementary school and residents living in the areas adjacent to De la Fontaine park.

Mayor Trudel said he was very confident that he would receive excellent suggestions from the members of this committee. "Every time we have resorted to focus group meetings, we have improved the projects that we had submitted to residents for their comments and suggestions. For example, the project to redevelop the warehouses on Chemin du Golf, the Maison intergénérationnelle project, the regulations on war-time housing in the Desmarchais-Crawford neighbourhood and the study on possible construction of a bridge between L'Île-des-Sœurs and the mainland," he pointed out.

"There is no doubt in my mind that this new committee will prove to be as successful as the others, and that as a result, the project will be improved, as long as objectivity prevails over emotionalism, practical sense over theory and the common good over personal interests," added the Mayor.

Mayor Trudel went on to say that he was aware that the temporary suspension of the regulatory process would slightly delay the construction of the new school. "However, I am convinced that the school board will do whatever is necessary to minimize the consequences of this delay."

The Mayor and his Councillors feel that it is better "to act as responsible elected officials, by trying to reduce, as much as possible, the apprehensions and objections heard over the past few weeks. Then we won't be open for criticism for adding a few weeks of reflection to improve the only acceptable scenario for construction of the new elementary school announced by the Ministère de l'Éducation."

SOURCE VILLE DE MONTREAL - ARRONDISSEMENT DE VERDUN

For further information:

Francine Morin
Chef de division, Protocole et relations publiques
Verdun Borough
514 765-7282
francinemorin@ville.montreal.qc.ca
francine.morin@verdun.ca

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