The future of the former Pierrefonds quarry is still up in the air

Mayor Jim Beis warned that it could be years before a park is built at the landfill.

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The future of the former Pierrefonds quarry was a topic of discussion at the Pierrefonds-Roxboro council meeting on Monday night.

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The gravel quarry on Oakwood St. closed more than 30 years ago and has since been turned into a landfill. But it remains closed to the public.

During the public question period, a resident asked Mayor Jim Beis if there was a plan to convert the old quarry into a park or green space for the public.

Beis said the municipality took steps to “guarantee the closure of the quarry that is managed by a third party” eight years ago. He said the quarry was made a dry fill site.

“The ultimate goal, as was the case for decades, was to somehow return this piece of land to the city so that, hopefully, it could be transformed into green space.

“This is still the end goal,” Beis added. “Our first order of business was to shut down and make sure the odors were largely eliminated. This happened, to a large extent. Now … we are working with all stakeholders, the environment (departments) in Montreal and Quebec, to make sure we have a realistic timeline in terms of when we can see this finally become a green space for the public or a partial green space. for the public to use. “

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But Beis cautioned that it could be years before a park is built on the site.

“To be frank with you, these kinds of projects involving landfills, not just in Montreal but also in Quebec, often take years before we can get to the end result and use it as a green space. That is our ultimate goal. But once we have that information and have a critical path established in advance, we will make sure to advise residents accordingly. “

Bright idea

Resident Mary Thompson asked the mayor why there are no street lights or sidewalks in the Greendale area of ​​the township. He said the lack of lighting made it unsafe to walk or even drive on the streets at night. She suggested putting a streetlight on every corner of every block.

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Beis did not rule out the idea, but explained that it would involve a lengthy process to assess public demand and the cost of the new infrastructure. “We need requests from a citizen panel,” he said.

The mayor said the cost associated with the new lighting, for example, would be borne by area residents because it is considered a “local improvement.”

Beis said that “most of the time” local improvements are ultimately rejected by the citizens themselves.

Remembering the victims of the Polytechnic

Monday’s council meeting was held on the 32nd anniversary of the December 6, 1989 shooting tragedy at the École Polytechnique in Montreal. The councilor of the municipality, Louise Leroux, began the meeting on the occasion of the gloomy anniversary.

“Today is the national day of remembrance of violence against women. It is on this day that we honor the memory of the 14 women who lost their lives in the tragedy of the Polytechnic, ”said Leroux, who was attending CEGEP at the time.

One of the 14 victims was Anne-Marie Edward, 21, a resident of Pierrefonds. Edward attended John Abbott College before going to École Polytechnique to study chemical engineering. In 2013, John Abbott College named its new science building in his honor.

The council was silent for a moment.

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