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
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
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