Good evening once again for a quick recap on the monthly municipal council meeting for the City of Chateauguay this July 9th, 2018. The last regular council meeting before the summer break, until the end of August, 2018.

     Good news for those who have gardens or plants in their yard. The city has now authorized the use of watering cans to keep your plants alive. The restriction still applies to the grass, which is still forbidden to water during this drought. However, if you are caught abusing this by watering your driveway or wasting water in other ways, a fine could still apply. City workers will be on patrol tomorrow observing any offenders.

And speaking of patrols. Due to the public outcry, the city will be sending inspectors out tomorrow to commercial establishments to make sure they are respecting the law as well, any violators could receive a warning or a fine of minimum $100 up to $1000 for repeat offenses.

The city has justified the use of watering the flowers throughout the city, and cleared things up that this type of watering is permitted for the time being. Suggestions were made from the council to possibly find alternative sources of water to use instead of directly from the public drinking supply, and they will look into this. Note: The city has access to a separate water supply that they can use for watering plants. No word yet if they will possibly now fill up at this non-potable location.

Rue Albini Chateauguay (source: Google Maps)

A construction project is set to begin on Albini street near Haute-Riviere. Presently there are 2 houses on a large plot of land. A developer wishes to build 16 single family cottages on this land, situated along the river.

The old BMR building on Industrial has been purchased by a company that wishes to make changes to the existing building and include large garage doors in the front. The modification of the bylaw requested will allow wooden doors with 2/5 of the surface area to allow for glass.

Also in the industrial park a motion was voted on to allow various towing companies access to set up shop anywhere in the industrial park, and not be limited to one particular property. This should allow for competition and prevent a conflict of interest from arising, since Mayor Routhier has ownership in the single towing company in the industrial park right now.

A modification in the city zoning regarding the distance between the building structures and thermopumps, air conditioning units and pool equipment will be modified from 1.5m to 1m. However, maximum sound tolerances will still need to be respected. 60db during the day from 7am until 9pm and overnight from 9pm to 7am must remain at 55db.

Several topics were brought up that were discussed at the special meeting held on July 4th, 2018, including the zoning for residential housing in the area surrounding the wetlands and swamp near Ch. St-Bernard. The lack of transparency from the promoter who intends to build on St-Gall street, and when questioned directly about his affiliation with previous projects on the same property, that are in serious disrepair, according to residents in the area, he declined any responsibility, until it was later found out that his wife owned said properties, and they have been in court with the city for the last 7 years.

The city has updated the record for two members of the council who have financial interest in organizations in the city. Mayor Routhier with The Beauchateau, and Mr. Gendron with the Heritage St-Bernard.

One city employee (#1048) from the public works division was suspended for 16 days, while another city employee (#1872) was dismissed entirely. When questioned about the position this employee held, the answer given was that he served the public and held a position of authority, and therefore there was no choice in the matter to dismiss him after his actions. (If we find out more details, we will update this story to reflect any changes).

Source: Ville de Chateauguay

The city is looking to sell the Maison Moise-Pregent. Purchased by the previous administration, plans were to spend $285,000 to repair/restore this heritage house that the city paid $285,000 for. The current administration has decided to sell the property to someone interested in the land. Councillor Mike Gendron suggested to the council that if the city sells the property to try and sell it at least for the same amount that the city paid for it in the first place. (Reminders of the Marché Laberge).

The river has become a great place for boaters and jet-skiers, however there is little to no control over the speed they race around or their safety. The city says they will look into this. Also along the river, the city is looking at ways to help mitigate floods and ice jams in the future.

On the topic of water, the city is in need of a new UV disinfection filter at the treatment plant. Unfortunately the equipment is very specific and unique to our town’s application. The city is looking for a company(ies) to present plans to replace the filter.

There is no word yet on when the city will begin working on the beautification project at the docks on ile-St-Bernard. Mayor Routhier stated that he has many plans to increase awareness of our town with signs, information posters, advertisements for local businesses and maps to guide visitors to our town.

Also on the island of ile-St-Bernard a committee will be formed shortly to discuss the future of the hotel that costs the city over $1,000,000 per year to maintain.

    The city has awarded a contract of $150,559 to CIMA+ to continue inspecting the Chateauguay sewer network with special cameras to check for damage and if repairs are needed. According to Mr. Routhier, this is a good investment since it gives solid proof of work that will need to be done, and it makes it easier for the city to request government subsidies to complete these repairs.

GBI-Experts Conseils Inc. was given the contract to work on rebuilding the pumping station for the town’s drinking water at a cost of $78,412.95. They were by far the lowest bidder in this process, with the following bid at over $261,000

The city has made a deal with the Grande Seigneuries school board for sidewalks near Notre-Dame-de l’Assomption school and Ecole de la Rive, and to create a safe drop-off zone for parents.

The city will also begin cleaning the messy properties that were mentioned at last month’s meeting. Home owners were given several notices from the city, and now the city will take action and clean the properties. (No word though on how they plan on recouping the money spent on the clean up if the home owners don’t pay, or cannot be found).

And that’s about it for the major topics brought up at the meeting this month. Stay tuned for further updates and discussion about our town and as always thanks for taking the time to read this and I hope you find it useful and informative.

Until Next Time!

Pierre Mayer

Good Evening all!
     The meeting ran a little long tonight, so here’s just a brief recap of the 3 topics discussed tonight. I’ll post the rest tomorrow in the discussion group.
     The new St-Gaulle 7-story tower that will be situated behind the bowling alley (next to Mini-General). The promoter attended and talked about the benefits of his project, however, there were many questions and concerns from citizens who attended. The biggest issue is how crowded and disorganized the current layout is, and adding 85+ units will only make the situation worse.
 
     There is no fixed timeline for this project to get underway, but ground could break as early as next spring and possibly by the fall 2019. If it takes any longer than that, the project must then be resubmitted and the process starts over again.
 
     I know that most people on here are very interested in hearing about the Ch. St-Bernard area zoning, and it’s a topic very close to me as well. Most of the original development plans that we’ve seen over the last several months and years have been tossed due to a recent change in the city limits. The land across from the treatment plant and behind Robert has now been handed over to Kahnawake, so no development will be possible anymore there.
 
     The city is looking to change the zoning in the area, which currently allows for 3-4 story houses and condos, but with a zoning change, it will only permit single family housing and duplexes. More discussion will be done to possibly force a lower density, which will potentially make the wetlands less attractive to potential developers.
 
     So, from my understanding, this is potentially a good thing, or at the very least, a lesser of two evils. The land has to be available for development, but zoning at the lowest density possible, might not attract many developers, since it will mean less profits.
 
     Ideally the land should be protected and allow the wildlife to live, and the public to enjoy. Plus it acts as a great big sponge to help protect the current houses from flooding. Those who attended the meeting requested an environmental study to make sure the land always stays protected, but it would cost over $100,000 for the study, and the city wants to put this on the potential developer rather than the tax payer. The city will also not give any incentives for those who want to build here. So the costs could far outweigh any potential profits.
 
     It’s still a dossier I will be following very closely, but at the moment I feel it’s too soon to be concerned, as it could potentially be 5-10 years or longer before this topic even comes up again. It all depends on Transport Quebec, Kahnawake and promoters, developers and the city of Chateauguay.
 
     There will be registry to demand a referendum, which would require 12 signatures from those residing in the area. However, this referendum would not prevent the construction, or protect the land from developers. This zoning change is to lower the density of any future development. A future referendum will only happen if any potential project is accepted, and that’s when residents can step in and try and block any development. Right now it’s just a zoning change to make the land less appealing to development. (So potentially a good thing for us?)
 
 
     Finally tonight, the city is also looking to approve zoning for the towing industry in the industrial park. Presently there is one towing company, which the Mayor has a personal interest in. Also modifying the zone to allow up to 10 shipping containers for police and insurance companies to use, so they can protect vehicles that could be involved in court cases. Currently shipping containers are not permitted to push building owners to add new permanent buildings rather than temporary storage, but a container in this case is a method for police to store vehicles.
 
     And that’s about it for tonight. Lots more to talk about, but I will continue tomorrow. I also have more pictures of the future projects discussed tonight.
     Stay tuned for more, and as always, thanks for your support!

Here is a discussion that I can surely take a bite out of; the quest for Chateauguay’s perfect pizza! These are just my personal observations, and since I eat pizza almost on a daily basis, I thought it would be fun to do a little run down of the local Pizza establishments in our town.

Let’s start geographically speaking:

il Vicino Wood Fired Pizza

il Vicino Wood Fired Pizza

 

il vicino, (Closed)

A Chateauguay institution since the 1980’s, was very good up until a few years ago. Fresh ingredients, and wood fired pizza. Before the end the dough just wasn’t as crisp or tasty, and the pizza appeared thrown together. (Their bruschetta’s changed as well about the same time). They have since closed, however a local business is planning on reviving the brand in the coming weeks. I’m looking forward to trying them out when they open.

 
Signature Woodland Pizza

Signature Woodland Pizza

Woodland’s Pizza, 40 Boulevard Saint-Jean-Baptiste

Decent pizza, fast delivery and a nice tasting pizza, but just not the same as original in Verdun. I find the prices are quite high, and there is nothing that stands out that makes their pizza unique enough for the extra price. Their signature pizza, “The Woodland” with bacon & onions, with 6 medium slices was close to $27.

 
The classic go-to place for Pizza in Chateauguay for generations of families. Their pizza is very comforting, but perhaps a bit saucy for some. When local celebrities and sports athletes are asked what their favourite memory of Chateauguay was while growing up, usually it’s de la Place pizza.
Domino’s Pizza, (Closed)
Domino’s was part of my regular pizza rotation. My favourite was their Meatza Pizza, since it had so many toppings and Domino’s didn’t skimp. They also had quite the variety of toppings, another one of my favourites was their Philly Cheese-steak pizza. Prices were reasonable and walk-in specials were always inviting. I noticed one thing however, a few years back I remember trying a pizza with a herb garlic butter crust, and a few weeks later it went back to the original crust. I really enjoyed the buttery crust. I hope Domino’s returns once again to Chateauguay. Yes, we already have a lot of pizza places, but this one stood apart from the others.
 
This place has their own unique style and taste. I find their pizzas tend to be a bit doughy and fills me up too quickly. Their evening buffet usually has a good all around selection of pizzas from plain cheese, pepperoni, all-dressed and some different combinations, like hamburger and onions or sausage and green peppers. Friendly atmosphere, fast service, no majors issues here.
 
Nobel’s is similar to de la Place, real ingredients, classic Chateauguay flavours.
 
Excellent pizza, tons of cheese, but their cheese tends to be very salty, so a beverage alongside this pizza is recommended.
 
Canada Drive-in, 195 Boulevard d’Anjou
This used to be my favourite in town, but they changed something over the last few years and it just doesn’t look or taste the same anymore. The hand made style crust with air bubbles and cheese that landed over the edges was part of my favourite memories from this place, but now the crust appears thinner with fewer toppings, and the last time I received an under-cooked pizza and that was my last time ordering from them.
 
This would be my midnight snack for years, until about 2 years ago when they served me a raw pizza, and even when they took it back it wasn’t much better, so I’ve taken them off my list of regular pizza hangouts.
 
Mercuri Pizza - All Dressed

Mercuri Pizza – All Dressed

Mercuri Pizza, 121 Boulevard D’Anjou

Their pizza looks great, smells great, and is loaded full of toppings. Probably one of the last remaining pizza places in Chateauguay that you can measure the pepperoni portion with a ruler and not slice count. They have since reopened after a fire in an apartment upstairs, and they’ve returned to making their great pizzas once again.

 
When they first opened, their pizza was very cheesy, full of toppings and delicious. Now it’s just a matter of counting 3 pepperoni slices per pizza slice and a handful of cheese that doesn’t always cover the pizza, so it ends up quite dry. Price is alright, especially with the free drinks and two pizza deal for under $20, but I find they charge a lot of delivery, however their delivery of 2 large pizzas and 6 drinks can sometimes arrive in as little as 12 minutes!
 
Now for those 2 for 1 type Pizza places. They all look pretty similar, and the taste is basically the same, with a few subtle differences in style and quality.
 
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Tony’s Pepperoni Pizza

Tony’s Pizza, 109-D Bd d’Anjou

The first of it’s kind in Chats, huge pizzas at reasonable prices. The only downside that I can think of is that the toppings have been kind of lacking these last few times, and it would really be great to have more pepperoni and cheese on the pizza, but it’s understandable I suppose to make a huge pizza for under $10, so I can’t complain too much.

 
Sema’s Pizza, 117 Boulevard D’Anjou
Looks similar to Tony’s next door, but I find their sauce is darker and a bit too sweet for my liking. Similar to Tony’s though, they don’t use real pepperoni, and opted for the cold cut style slices. Just like the other 2 for 1s, the pizza is hand tossed, complete with crust imperfections and cheesy crust.
 
Looks and tastes almost exactly like Tony’s, with the exception that they put a little more toppings on their pizzas than the others, but again they use large pepperoni slices rather than traditional pizza pepperoni slices, it’s still a good value for the money.
 
Looks just like the other 2 for 1 pizza options, but I find their pizza crust to have a slight Play-doh’ish hint of flavour to it. The only other time I’ve had pizza like that was when “Double Pizza” was here where the old “Mikes” was located across from McDonald’s. Maya has since moved to a new location across from the fire hall. I want to try them out again.
So that’s it for now on my tour of Chateauguay Pizza. I will continue to keep you updated on the best pizza places in Chateauguay.

Welcome to my new online project. A photographic journey dedicated to my hobby, my passion for photography and detail for what some might consider the most mundane objects and scenery. I decided to create this site to share with you the various interests that I have and photos that I have taken. I live in a somewhat quiet suburban town near Montreal in Canada. While there is not always a lot of action going on around here, I try to make the most out of what is surrounding me.

Chateauguay in the Autumn

Chateauguay in the Autumn

I still enjoy taking a long walk with my camera in hand and snapping a few photos of our local wildlife or nature, and occasionally I will stumble upon a newsworthy event, such as an accident or fire scene. While not always pleasant, I feel that every photo I take, is documenting a piece of history for future generations to look back on. Perhaps a photo might not seem interesting at the moment, but maybe someday it will be useful to someone.

My interest in photography really began back in college when I was offered to take some photography courses in my program. I knew very little about the intricacies of photography back then, besides the usual point and click functions, and hoped that the photos turned out when I picked them up from the pharmacy.

March 24th, 2016 - Maple Apartment Fire

March 24th, 2016 – Maple Apartment Fire

My first camera was a refurbished Minolta 35mm SLR camera that cost me over $400 from a camera shop nearby my school. This place was amazing. They had two floors packed full of camera equipment, film, accessories and very helpful staff who helped me begin my passion in photography. Our course required us to use slide film for demonstration in class, so most of my photos were projects for school. After I graduated, I continued to take photos, but not as often, due to the high costs for film and development. It wasn’t until 2005 before I bought my very first digital camera, that is when I began to take photos as a hobby and I have been taking photos since.

Some people prefer portrait photography, but I enjoy focusing on scenery, wildlife and objects. More specifically bus and train photos, which later included emergency vehicles and vintage cars. Since 2013 I have been regularly photographing the Montreal Food Truck scene, and have photos of close to 100 different food truck vehicles from in and around the Montreal area.

Montreal Food Trucks - First Fridays 2016

Montreal Food Trucks – First Fridays 2016

My photos have appeared in various publications and news media over the years, and I have several photo galleries online with my photo content. While this continues to be a hobby, I take my photography very seriously, and I spend a lot of time and money trying to keep up with technology, to have the best quality photos as well as to keep this as fun and affordable as possible.

Thank you for taking the time to visit and I hope you enjoy these photos and stories.