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Highlights of the borough council meeting held Monday, May 6, 2019

May 8, 2019

Tabling of the Local Sustainable Development Plan 2019-2022
 
The environment: a priority for CDN-NDG
 
In connection with the Sustainable Montréal 2016-2020 Plan, the borough administration adopted a new  Local Sustainable Development Plan. This comprehensive plan sets out concrete objectives and calls for effective means to achieve them. The time to act is now, and the borough is doing just that.
 
The plan's four main priorities are to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, increase biodiversity, offer sustainable neighbourhoods, and promote environmentally responsible, circular and responsible economic development.
 
The Local Sustainable Development Plan 2019-2022 (PLDD) includes actions intended to resolve problems specific to the borough and offers an overview of the actions implemented in recent years.
 
The borough gave itself three years to successfully apply the 77 measures it adopted.
 
 
Locally sourced fresh fruits and vegetables in our parks
 
For a second year, the borough administration is supporting the sale of fresh fruits and vegetables in Parc Nelson-Mandela, Parc de la Savane, and Place de Darlington. Fresh and local farm produce will be available once a week from June 17 to October 31, 2019.
 
This project, put forward by the community cafeteria MultiCaf, is supported by the regional public health authority and serves as a complement to the borough's anti-poverty policy. With this initiative, our intention is to improve the availability of healthy, local and affordable fresh fruits and vegetables in Côte-des-Neiges during the summer.
 
 
Budget surplus anticipated for the year 2019, effective March 31, 2019
 
The budgetary forecast, as of March 31, 2019, calls for the borough to record a management surplus of $1,287,716. This forecast presents a deficit of $1,212,895 for operating expenses, together with a surplus of $2,192,554 in local revenues. The comparative statement for real revenues produced on March 31, 2019 (see attached), shows a favourable discrepancy of $1,233,427, or 82.9% more compared to the same period in the previous year. The comparative statement of real expenditures, produced on the same date (attached), shows an unfavourable variation of $347,111, which is equivalent to 2.5% of the increase in expenditures compared to the same date in 2018.
 
 
Additional security measures for pedestrians and cyclists
 
A stop sign on Somerled at the corner of Royal
 
In 2016, Royal Vale School modified the entrance for elementary students. This change led to a greater number of students, parents, and residents crossing the street directly at the corner of Royal and Somerled during peak school hours.

To ensure pedestrian safety, Côte-des-Neiges–Notre-Dame-de-Grâce will install all-direction stop signs at the intersection.
 
More speed bumps in the borough
 
Côte-des-Neiges–Notre-Dame-de-Grâce will add about 80 new speed bumps on various streets across the borough in 2019. These will calm traffic on some 30 local and residential street sections by reducing speeds, discouraging through traffic, and mitigating conflicts between the various users of the road.
 
 
14 new radar speed signs
In response to complaints concerning vehicle speeds on streets in the borough, some 14 variable-message radar speed signs will be purchased, including seven electric signs and seven solar-powered signs. These radar speed signs will be installed on several streets across the borough in order to ease traffic and encourage motorists to slow down. They will also serve to count traffic volumes.
 
 
Emerald ash borer update: further impacts expected
 
The ongoing emerald ash borer infestation has obliged the borough to cut down several hundred trees in recent years, leaving a considerable number of stumps behind, all of which must be removed. The presence of so many stumps also delays the planting of new trees.
At the borough council meeting on Monday evening, a contract was awarded to carry out the removal of 300 stumps across Côte-des-Neiges–Notre-Dame-de-Grâce, including pit filling and seeding.
 
 
Contribution of $5,000 to the “UTILE” organization for the development of student housing
 
The Unité de travail pour l'implantation de logement étudiant (UTILE) is a non-profit organization dedicated to the development, study and promotion of student housing in Québec based on a co-operative formula. UTILE hopes to implement a new student housing model across Québec, especially in municipalities, like CDN-NDG, with a dynamic student presence.
 
The borough is giving $5,000 and a letter of support to help it produce an application for funding under the provincial government's Fonds d'initiative et de rayonnement de la métropole (FIRM) with the ultimate objective of implementing a project in the borough.
 
 
Residents-only street parking permits (SRRR): rate adjustments
 
The cost of a resident parking permit in Côte-des-Neiges–Notre-Dame-de-Grâce has not increased from $60 in more than 10 years. As of July 1, that will change. The Borough has opted to follow the example set by Rosemont–La Petite-Patrie by implementing variable rates depending on engine type and size. Electric cars will see their permit costs increase. All other vehicles will see an increase to $75, $90 or $120. As announced in the 2019 budget presentation, an estimated $100,000 in additional revenues will be generated per year under the new formula. These revenues will be invested in projects intended to support active transportation and in a resilience reserve to mitigate the impacts of climate change.