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$260,000 goes a long way for municipal services

The MRC du Haut-Saint-Laurent has received funding in the amount of $227,571 from the provincial government as part of the subsidy program for paratransit, to ensure people with disabilities can continue to access transportation in the region. Huntingdon MNA Claire IsaBellemade the announcement via a press release on behalf of Transport Minister François Bonnardelas well as Simon Jolin-Barrette, the minister responsible for the Montérégie.

The province covers a portion of the transportation costs of disabled people who qualify for the government program. In the Haut-Saint-Laurent, individuals can count on a door-to-door transportation service available daily between 7 a.m. and 9 p.m. within the region, as well as to Salaberry-de-Valleyfield. It is also available for medical reasons to Chateauguay, Vaudreuil-Dorion, and Montreal.

In saluting the efforts of the MRC, which plans and coordinates its transportation network according to needs within the community, IsaBelle highlighted the significance of maintaining quality paratransit services in rural areas both for health and social reasons. “Such an offer is of crucial importance to the Haut-Saint-Laurent,” she said.

Louise Lebrun, the MRC prefect and mayor of Sainte-Barbe, expressed her delight on behalf of the regional council of the MRC du Haut-Saint-Laurent at the financial assistance granted by the government for the paratransit service. “This substantial assistance will allow us to maintain our paratransit offer, which is an essential service in the Haut-Saint-Laurent that ensures our citizens are able to be mobile,” stated Lebrun.


Two women and a man stand on the side of the road in front of a railway crossing
The mayor of Dundee, Linda Gagnon, with the Godmanchester mayor, Pierre Poirier, and Huntingdon MNA Claire IsaBelle PHOTOS The office of Huntingdon MNA Claire IsaBelle


Railroad crossing maintenance

IsaBelle has also announced that the municipalities of Dundee and Godmanchester would each receive $17,770 for the maintenance of signage at railroad crossings, as part of the Programmed’aide aux passages à niveau municipaux.

Since April 1, 1993, municipalities are required to manage the maintenance, repair, and improvements to the road network and related infrastructure. The government helps to cover the costs of regular maintenance to signage and safety improvements at railroad crossings on roads under its jurisdiction. The province has 1, 693 railroad crossings, and is currently ranked fourth in the country in terms of accidents behind Ontario, Alberta and Saskatchewan. “It is essential that we ensure the maintenance and proper signage of our railway crossings,” said IsaBelle, who commended the local municipalities for their participation in the program.

“Our municipalities are always happy to receive financial assistance to maintain our railroads and ensure the proper functioning of our crossings,” said the Dundee mayor, Linda Gagnon.

The Godmanchester mayor, Pierre Poirier, also noted the significance of crossings to rural communities while highlighting the damage caused by frost and the importance of maintaining crossings for public safety. (SR)

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