Committee oks cash, agreements and more

Place des aines picks up a grant from city.

The city’s executive committee was busy last week approving grants, acquisitions, agreements and making recommendations to city council.

It endorsed a contract for upgrading sites and equipment at the Centre de la nature to Aménagements Sud-Ouest for $512,944 and $14,322 to WAA Montréal to supervise the work. The work included complete rebuilding of the play area next to the Village des arts, while adding play modules for kids and benches, renovation of walking paths and landscaping.

Following the deposit of a development plan last June, city council signalled its intention to adopt a bylaw regulating maximum building heights, and moved to allow application of the limits and exceptions even before the bylaw comes into effect. The executive committee has recommended that a notice of motion of the new bylaws introduction be adopted by city council and adopt a resolution blocking any new construction that will be prohibited before the law comes into effect.

The administration has also entered into agreements with several organizations to manage certain sports activities for 2017, including a $257,415 deal with le Regroupement du sport à Laval and l’association de soccer de Laval, and for $275,597 with le Regroupement du sport à Laval and Hockey région Laval. Other agreements include the ’Association régionale de ringuette de Laval, l’Association régionale de football de Laval, Softball Laval and l’Association de baseball amateur de Laval.

Place des aînés de Laval was awarded a $116,000 grant to support its activities and help manage its property. The 6,250-member-strong organization is a partner in the delivery of city services and has received regular cash assistance over the years. The six committee members also gave thumbs-up to a $233,980 accord with Réseau ArtHistor for managing artistic events this year, including the Prix Hosia, Fête de la famille, Banquet des bénévoles and Laval à vélo. The Fondation universitaire Armand-Frappier of the l’Institut national de la recherche scientifique (INRS) was also handed $15,000 to create a doctoral bursary in Laval’s name.

Also approved was $95,000 to pick up a 124-square-metre parcel to develop sections of the Oka-Mont Saint-Hilaire pedestrian and cycling path; and an additional $25,500 $ for a 1,277-square-metre lot north of boulevard Sainte-Rose on the edge of the Mille-Îles river to enlarge the local fauna refuge. Finally, Mayor Marc Demers and councillors David de Cotis, Sandra Desmeules, Raynald Adams, Virginie Dufour and Aline Dib are advising city council to spend $2.2 million on two lots totalling 4,038 square metres for the development of Léo-Lacombe avenue and François-Souillard street, as well as creation of a park.

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