RESIDENTS VOICE WISH LIST FOR THE NA­TION RECREATION

Le Reflet (The News) - - ACTUALITÉS • NEWS - GREGG CHAM­BER­LAIN gregg.cham­ber­[email protected]

Pa­rents of chil­dren, se­niors, and other residents of The Na­tion voi­ced their wish list dreams for com­mu­ni­ty recreation, du­ring a May 31 pu­blic mee­ting at the com­mu­ni­ty centre in Li­moges.

Some al­so ex­pres­sed frus­tra­tion at what they see as de­lays on the part of coun­cil, about whe­ther or not to fol­low the example of neigh­bou­ring mu­ni­ci­pa­li­ties like Rus­sell Town­ship, and ei­ther erect a sports dome or build a sports and recreation com­plex.

“I be­lieve this town de­serves a sports com­plex,” said Vi­cky Per­ry, a recent new­co­mer to the area from Châ­teau­guay, Qué­bec. She no­ted that the Mont­réal sub­urb was able to de­ve­lop its own sports com­plex, com­plete with an in­door pool, and ope­rate it as a self-suf­fi­cient re­ve­nue-ge­ne­ra­ting fa­ci­li­ty which did not de­pend on an­nual sub­si­dies from the mu­ni­ci­pal bud­get.

De­nis Pom­main­ville, a for­mer mayor of the Na­tion, cri­ti­ci­zed coun­cil for was­ting 18 months in consul­ta­tion and ne­go­tia­tion on a pro­po­sed sports dome pro­ject and then call a halt be­cause of concerns about fi­nan­cial lia­bi­li­ty for the mu­ni­ci­pa­li­ty. He al­so sug­ges­ted that coun­cil did not rea­lize the fu­ture po­ten­tial growth for the Village of Li­moges.

“You must first see the needs of the people and then find the mo­ney,” Pom­main­ville said. “You don’t seem to have any vi­sion of what Li­moges could be in five or ten years.”

A ho­ckey are­na or an in­door pool were the two most com­mon recreation fa­ci­li­ties men­tio­ned du­ring ques­tion per­iod by spea­kers from the au­dience. Coun­cil­lor Fran­cis Brière, who chai­red the mee­ting, no­ted both items are ex­pen­sive to build and main­tain but that a sports dome could still be in the fu­ture for the com­mu­ni­ty if residents felt such a fa­ci­li­ty would ans­wer most of their needs for recreation.

“The rea­son we are here is to get your thoughts, "Coun­cil­lor Briere said, "We want to get the pulse of the com­mu­ni­ty. It’s your mo­ney we’re going to be spen­ding, and we want to make sure we’re spen­ding it ap­pro­pria­te­ly.”

Brière said residents could email more com­ments and sug­ges­tions to the mu­ni­ci­pal of­fice or to him­self at fran­[email protected]­tion­mun.ca. A vi­deo of the com­plete pu­blic fo­rum will be avai­lable for vie­wing at the Fa­ce­book page of the Li­moges On­ta­rio Ci­ti­zens: Buil­ding a stron­ger com­mu­ni­ty To­ge­ther group. Anyone wi­shing to watch the vi­deo must ask to be ac­cep­ted as a mem­ber of the group.

—pho­to Gregg Cham­ber­lain

Les ré­si­dents de Li­moges et d’autres par­ties de la mu­ni­ci­pa­li­té de La Na­tion ont ex­pri­mé leurs idées sur les be­soins ré­créa­tifs de la com­mu­nau­té, lors d’une réunion d’in­for­ma­tion pu­blique le 31 mai avec le maire Fran­çois St-Amour et le conseiller...

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