Residents concerned with road conditions, prompting a petition
The residents of Rockland named road conditions as their main concern during a town hall meeting held by ClarenceRockland ward 1 councillor Jean-Marc Lalonde on Thursday, August 24, at the arena bearing his name. More specifically, residents are mainly concerned with the conditions of St. Jacques Street and Campeau Crescent, which they feel are both crucially in need of repairs but have been neglected by the city. A petition with over 200 signatures is now circulating.
Lalonde called this town hall meeting, only the second one he has called since the elections in 2014, to provide a status update on projects that have been completed thus far in 2017, and to collect residents’ priorities for the budget of 2018. Mayor Guy Desjardins was also present alongside the councillor.
As main items for the 2018 budget were being discussed, residents were calling for a more proactive approach from the city rather than a reactive one when it comes to road repairs.
The repaving of St. Jacques Street was initially estimated at a cost of $1.7 million. After the necessary study was done, the cost estimate almost quadrupled, as the entire road would need to eventually be reconstructed instead of simply being repaved.
However, both the mayor and the councillor acknowledged the ‘terrible’ state of both St. Jacques Street and Campeau Crescent and vowed to fight for their repairs.
“When you are the councillor of a ward, you have to work for the development of the whole of the municipality and this is what I have been doing,” said Lalonde. “But sometimes, we need the support of all of
Les résidents de Rockland ont nommés les conditions des routes comme leur principale préoccupation lors d’une réunion tenue par le conseiller municipal de Clarence-Rockland, Jean-Marc Lalonde, le jeudi 24 août à l’aréna portant son nom. Plus précisément, les résidents sont concernés principalement avec les conditions des rues Saint-Jacques et Campeau, qui, selon eux, nécessitent des réparations essentielles, mais ont été négligées par la ville. Une pétition avec plus de 200 signatures circulent présentement.—