Public question period wrap-up
City Council addresses concerns on demolition, housing crisis, emissions, and accessibility
Question period included a long line of concerns at the February 14 Gatineau Council meeting. One neighbour expressed worries over the demolition of 121 Nicholet Road and how it would negatively affect their home, due to proximity. Steve Moran responded by stating that it is a legal question between neighbours, and they hope an agreement is reached that pleases all parties.
Another question was raised regarding the housing crisis, and whether the city is planning to build more community housing. Mayor Bélisie acknowledged the city's strong belief in addressing the housing crisis and that they are working with the government of Quebec to find solutions. She also mentioned a concrete action the city is taking, which is building 15 new units to house people who are in need and deserving of housing.
The city's efforts to reduce carbon emissions and gas usage were also addressed in the question period. Mayor Bélisie thanked the residents for their interest and concern about the environment and said that the city is currently in discussions to find ways to reduce its emissions. Anick Des Marais expressed sorrow concerning the recent tragedy in Orleans where there was a gas explosion and she said city council is more and more involved in discussions over the use of energy alternatives.
A resident also asked if the city could do more to clean sidewalks in the winter to make mobility more accessible for people with disabilities. The council responded by saying that their team is working hard to maintain sidewalks and paths and will look into possible improvements.
Finally, a question was raised on whether the city has proof of the long-term effects of BTI pesticide use. The council thanked the resident for their interest in the health and well-being of their fellow citizens and mentioned that they are studying the possible alternatives to BTI. They added that they are eagerly awaiting more in-depth information to make a long-term decision.
The City Council's question period offered residents an opportunity to express their concerns and get updates on the city's initiatives. The council assured residents that they are working to find solutions and improve the quality of life for all citizens.