Chelsea's September Municipality Council Highlights: What You Need to Know

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by The Local
September 8, 2023
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Hey there, Chelsea friends! It's that time of the month again when our local Municipality Council gathers to discuss all things important for our lovely town. We know you're busy, so we've got you covered with the latest updates from the September 2023 meeting. From telecommunications to speed limits, and property taxes to historic boats, here's what you need to know.

A Call for Better Connectivity

Have you ever experienced a dropped call or a frustratingly slow internet connection in Chelsea? We've all been there, right? Well, the good news is that the Municipal Council is taking action. They've recognized the issues with our telecommunications and cellular network, which, let's be honest, has been nothing short of inconsistent.

So, what's the plan? The Council is sending a heartfelt request to the Conseil de la radio diffusion et des télécommunications canadiennes (that's the CRTC, folks) to step in and fix this. After all, we rely on these services for our day-to-day lives. Let's hope for smoother Zoom calls and buffer-free streaming soon!

Slow Down for Chelsea Montessori School

Have you ever zipped down Route 105 past Chelsea Montessori School? Well, those days of racing through that stretch are over! The Council has officially given the green light to a new speed limit. Buckle up, because the limit has been reduced from 50 km/h to 30 km/h. But here's the catch—it's only in effect from Monday to Friday, 7 a.m. to 6 p.m., between August 15 and June 30 each year.

Safety first, right? This change is effective right away, so watch your speed, Chelsea drivers!

Preserving Chelsea's Trails

Now, let's talk about some greenery! Sentier Chelsea Trails is the steward of some beautiful trails on ACRE-owned land. To keep those trails pristine, the Municipality wants to secure rights of way on ACRE's property and even add them to the municipal insurance coverage. Good move, Council!

They've given the nod for the necessary documents to be signed, ensuring that our trails stay accessible and protected. So lace up your hiking boots, Chelsea, because nature is calling!

The Voyage of "Pic II"

Remember the "Pic II" boat that used to adorn Chelsea Elementary School? Well, it's setting sail on a new adventure, and we're all invited to join in! For safety reasons, the Council has authorized its relocation to the Voie Verte Chelsea, our beloved trail.

And guess what? This boat isn't just any old boat; it's got some serious historical value. Les Amis de la Voie Verte Chelsea, a local organization, is all aboard with this move, and they're working closely with the Municipality to find the perfect spot for this piece of Chelsea's history.

Dealing with Unpaid Taxes

Let's talk about the less glamorous side of municipal affairs—property taxes. In accordance with the Quebec Municipal Code, the Municipality has the responsibility to deal with properties where taxes haven't been paid. So, what's the plan?

The Council has given the green light to proceed with the necessary procedures to have the MRC des Collines-de-l'Outaouais take care of the sale of these properties. Mark your calendars for December 7, 2023, because that's when the gavel falls!

That's a wrap, folks! The September Municipality Council meeting brought us a mix of important updates, from improving our telecommunications to slowing down near Chelsea Montessori School, preserving our trails, and even relocating a piece of our history. Plus, they're making sure the town's finances stay in check.

Stay engaged, Chelsea residents, because our town is evolving, one decision at a time. Your Council is working hard to make sure Chelsea remains a wonderful place to live and play. See you at the next meeting!

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