An in­for­ma­tion per­iod that raises ques­tions

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The pre­sen­ta­tion The ci­ti­zens raise ques­tions

The po­pu­la­tion of Saint-Laurent had a ga­the­ring on Oc­to­ber 9 at the centre des loi­sirs to at­tend the pu­blic consul­ta­tion on the treat­ment cen­ter of or­ga­nic mat­ter of the West cen­ter.

Af­ter un­vei­ling new in­for­ma­tion on the com­pos­ting cen­ter that could be built in SaintLaurent on Hen­ri-Bou­ras­sa Bou­le­vard near High­way 13, the Ci­ty of Mon­treal re­pre­sen­ta­tives ans­we­red the ques­tions of the pu­blic.

The ses­sion be­gan with a pre­sen­ta­tion of the si­tua­tion. The ave­rage Mon­trea­ler pro­duces about 514 kg of hou­se­hold waste each year. 300kg of this is gar­bage and 21kg are or­ga­nic sub­stances that are re­trie­ved. The ci­ty wishes to re­cycle 60% of com­pos­table ma­te­rial. This would pre­pare the Ci­ty for the ban of the land­fill of or­ga­nic mat­ter by 2020.

In this context, the Ci­ty of Mon­treal, with other ci­ties in the me­tro­po­li­tan area, is plan­ning the construc­tion of four treat­ment cen­ters for or­ga­nic mat­ter on the is­land of Mon­treal. This would have the be­ne­fit of re­du­cing the mil­lage of com­pos­table mat­ters.

The Saint-Laurent’s cen­ter could handle up to 50,000 tons of or­ga­nic waste per year. This site was cho­sen be­cause it is at least 500 me­ters away from re­si­den­tial, com­mer­cial and pu­blic places, at least 60 me­ters away from any ri­ver and 300 me­ters away from a lake. These dis­tances are mea­su­red from the cen­ter air shaft. The site is al­so near ma­jor ar­te­ries, to re­duce truck traf­fic in the neigh­bo­rhood.

The com­pos­ting would be done in a clo­sed buil­ding un­der ne­ga­tive air pres­sure, mea­ning that trucks would en­ter through a double door air­lock and air would be suck out of the buil­ding.

The cen­ter would pro­duce less than five odor units, 99, 96% of the time. The odor units are a mea­su­re­ment for the strength of a scent, plea­sant or not. For example, a per­son wea­ring per­fume will pro­duce from 20 to 50 units while a fre­sh­ly cut grass makes 250 units. On ave­rage; the cen­ter would get 35 trucks per day. The bu­siest time of the year would be the months of Oc­to­ber and No­vem­ber with 70 trucks per day.

Com­pos­ting would be done in tun­nels in­side the cen­ter. Out­side, the buil­ding would have a green roof and a green­house, in ad­di­tion to land­sca­ping.

At the mi­cro­phone, ci­ti­zens sha­red their concerns. The ques­tion per­iod was at­ten­ded by about 80 people and was done in a pea­ce­ful and res­pect­ful am­bience.

Syl­vain Ouel­lette, po­li­ti­cal staf­fer at Vi­sion Mon­treal, as­ked if Aé­ro­ports de Mon­treal (ADM) would still be able to use the law to block the pro­ject since the buil­ding would be at the li­mit of the bird ha­zard zone. "It’s still the same sword of Da­mocles," he thinks.

Ro­ger La­chance, from the Ci­ty of Mon­treal, then said that ADM are not plan­ning to op­pose to the lo­ca­tion of this site. Ni­cole Bro­deur, com­mis­sio­ner for the Of­fice de consul­ta­tion pu­blique de Mon­treal (OCPM) as­ked them if they were able to pro­duce a writ­ten do­cu­ment from ADM. Mr. La­chance re­spon­ded that "it’s co­ming."

A ci­ti­zen wor­ried about the willin­gness to en­gage ci­ti­zens in the pro­cess, put the em­pha­sis on the fact that they re­cei­ved the flyer an­noun­cing the pu­blic consul­ta­tion "just four days ago. I hope you will be more di­li­gent in the fu­ture." This concern was sha­red by se­ve­ral spea­kers.

A ci­ti­zen in­qui­red about the type of go­ver­nance that would mange the cen­ter, more spe­ci­fi­cal­ly if it would be a pu­blic-pri­vate part­ner­ship. Mr. La­chance ans­we­red that "all type of ma­na­ge­ment me­thods are on the table."

But what about the ne­ces­sa­ry ex­pan­sions due to the po­pu­la­tion in­crease?

Two ci­ti­zens sha­red their concerns about the in­evi­table rise in de­mand fol­lo­wing the in­crease in Mon­treal real es­tate de­ve­lop­ment. M. La­chance re­spon­ded that their cen­ter was de­si­gned for pro­jec­tions over 10 years, but it would take some time be­fore a change in people’s ha­bits, which lead them to be­lieve that the cen­ter will be fit for the de­mand for se­ve­ral years.

Fi­nal­ly, Syl­vain Ouel­lette re­tur­ned to the mi­cro­phone to ask if it was true that to be eli­gible for fe­de­ral grants, the pro­ject had to be com­ple­ted in 2014, which would be im­pos­sible, ac­cor­ding to him. The Ci­ty of Mon­treal re­pre­sen­ta­tive re­spon­ded that there is some flexi­bi­li­ty for grants at the pro­vin­cial le­vel and that ne­go­tia­tions were un­der­way with Ot­ta­wa to push the date fur­ther.

To be rea­dy for any even­tua­li­ty, the Ci­ty will present two bu­si­ness plans, one with and one wi­thout fe­de­ral sub­si­dy.The Pre­sident of the consul­ta­tion, Jo­shua Wolfe, trans­la­ted the ans­wers to the uni­lin­gual an­glo­phones in the room.

There will be a se­cond pu­blic consul­ta­tion on Oc­to­ber 30 that 7 pm at the centre des loi­sirs, lo­ca­ted at 1375 Gre­net Street. Du­ring that se­cond consul­ta­tion, ci­ti­zens will be able to make re­com­men­da­tions and ex­press their views in an oral pre­sen­ta­tion or a writ­ten me­moire. To make a pre­sen­ta­tion, ci­ti­zens must re­gis­ter by Oc­to­ber 25th at the fol­lo­wing site. ocpm.qc.ca / Join.

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