| NEW SPEED LIMITS ON CERTAIN MUNICIPAL ROADS
(April 5 2017) On May 4th, the Municipality will be tabling a draft bylaw setting new speed limits on certain municipal roads. You can read the draft bylaw (French only) by clicking the link below:
Duhamel: EXTRAIT DU PROJET2018-03 (French only)
Basically, speeds would be limited as shown in bold on the roads indicated.
We understand that the Municipality wants to make our roads safer. However, we believe that such a measure must also include an increased police presence and improved signage for blind curves, broken pavement and areas of reduced visibility. In addition, joggers, pedestrians, bicyclists and ATV drivers also have a critical role to play in keeping our roads safe. While the measure could be effective on some local roads, it is unlikely that it would be on collector roads such as chemin du Lac Gagnon Ouest.
We’d like your opinion on this so that we can represent property owners’ interests to the Municipality. Please let us know by emailing to firstname.lastname@example.org
| THE MUNICIPALITY OF DUHAMEL BUDGET FOR 2018
(December 12, 2017) The Municipality of Duhamel tabled its 2018 budget on December 8, 2017. Please find herewith (French only) the budget presentation for 2018, the triennial fixed asset program and the Municipalty budget for 2018.
Présentation du budget 2018
(French only) Programme triennal d'immobilisations
(French only) Prévision budgétaire 2018
| YOUR WATER ANALYSIS - 2017
(October 25, 2017) The APLG offered again to its members the opportunity to have their water tested at a very attractive price, i.e. $30 for a bacteriological analysis (drinking water) and $15 for a fecal coliform count (swimming purpose).
Water analysis 2017
As usual, the APLG tested the water for swimming purposes around late July 2017.
|SWIMMING WATER ANALYSIS - 2017
(october 10, 2017) The water samples were taken on July 31, 2017. Click on the map to get a high resolution view.
Swimming water analysis
| NEW TAX CREDIT FOR THE RESTORATION OF SECONDARY RESIDENCE DAMAGED BY FLOODING
(May 24, 2017) On May 17, 2017, the Quebec government announced a new refundable tax credit of up to $18,000 for the restoration of secondary residences (cottages) damaged by the severe flooding that hit a number of Quebec municipalities from April 5 to May 16, 2017.
For more information, read the Finance Department’s information bulletin.
| NEW ENERGY AND NATURAL RESOURCES MINISTRY POLICIES ALLOW MUNICIPALIIES TO DETERMINE THEIR MINING-INCOMPATIBLE TERRITORIES
(May 12, 2017)In January 2017, the Quebec Energy and Natural Resources Ministry published its new mining sector policies in a document (French only) titled ‘’Pour assurer une cohabitation harmonieuse de l’activité minière avec les autres utilisations du territoire’’ .
Pour assurer une cohabitation harmonieuse de l’activité minière avec les autres utilisations du territoire
(Ensuring harmonious cohabitation between mining and the other uses of the territory). You can also visit the English version of the government site for more information.
Municipalities are now able to withdraw certain parts of their territory from mining activities to prevent new mining rights on these areas. Existing rights, such as those for Lac à la Loutre, are considered to be grandfathered. At this time, there are no mining rights in the Duhamel territory.
At the May 5, 2017 municipal council meeting, the Mayor discussed this policy and would like to work with associations such as the APLG to determine the areas on its territory such as the various trails (Iroquois, Route des Zingues, etc.). The APLG will therefore identify those areas around lac Gagnon that it feels should be protected and present its recommendations to the Municipality.
A text by Frank Mariage and Youssef Fichtali of Fasken Martineau presents an interesting analysis of the ministry’s new policies:
Mining-incompatible territory – The Government of Quebec releases its policies for municipal governments
Le Devoir published an article on January 12, 2017 (French only):
Les MRC obtiennent un pouvoir accru sur le mines
|THE MUNICIPALITY OF DUHAMEL DECLARED DISASTER ZONE
(May 5, 2017) The municipality of Duhamel has been declared a disaster zone in the wake of the flooding caused by exceptionally high water on and around April 20th. Citizens who had to evacuate their principal residence are eligible for emergency disaster assistance. The municipality is eligible for financial assistance to repair damaged infrastructure such as the roadways.
For more information, go to the
Quebec government web site
|VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR A STUDY ON THE PRESENCE OF NON-NATIVE PLANTS IN lAC GAGNON
(May 3, 2017) The Municpality of Duhamel, in collaboration with the OBVRPNS* (Organisme de bassins versants des rivières Rouge, Petite Nation et Saumon), is planning to undertake a study to identify aquatic plants in lakes in our region, including Lac Gagnon, in order to prevent the introduction of invasive plants and maintain the water quality.
Lac Gagnon will be evaluated between July 17 and August 8, 2017 over a seven-day period. The OBVRPNS needs volunteers and light craft to transport environment agents to the various locations around the lake. An information session will be held in May or June. If you would like to participate in this activity, please contact email@example.com or Charles de Maisonneuve. Your participation would be greatly appreciated.
* Rouge, Petite Nation and Saumon rivers watershed management organization
(April 20, 2017) As part of the "Mois de l'arbre et des forêts" from the MFFP (Ministère des Forêts, de la Faune et des Parcs ), the Municipality Of Duhamel will make available for free 2000 trees to its citizen on May 20 between 10 h and 15 h 30 at the municipal library located at 1899 rue Principale.
The species of trees cannot be guaranteed by the MFFP. Therefore, the Municipality takes no order or reservation. The Municipality will welcome you on May 20.
The water level, as measured on April 15th, is 20 cm higher than it has been in the past four years. (lake level
). This trend seems to indicate the level will rise even higher. Rain is expected for the coming week which could increase even higher the level of water.
(April 19, 2017) Update:
Today, the water level reached 172 cm. That is 42 cm higher than it has been in the past four years. The level is approaching dangerously the record level (200 cm) observed in 2008. Water flooding may occur at some places.
(April 20, 2017) Update:
Today, the water level reached 175 cm.
Notice from the Municipalité of Duhamel to waterside owners
(April 16, 2017) Loan By-Laws
The Duhamel Municipal Council adopted the following loan by-laws at its April 7, 2017 meeting:
By-law 2017-05: Surface treatment work on Grande-Baie and and des Mésanges roads;
By-law 2017-06: Surface treatment work on Pointe-à-Baptiste and Camille-Poliquin roads.
These loan by-laws relate to meetings the Municipality held last year with property owners in those two sectors regarding proposed road work and paving.
Attached, you will find French-language copies of the two loan by-laws as well as a table which indicates the estimated local improvement taxes under the “Tarification actuelle” column. This amount will be added to the tax bills of all property owners in the areas in question over the next 20 years, even if the work is not necessarily adjacent to your property. Additionally, the amount under “Part à l’ensemble” is payable by all Duhamel taxpayers and will be allocated to them.
Local improvement tax units:
The two by-laws describe the number of units based on the use of the various properties (residential, vacant, commercial, camping, etc.). The islands across from Pointe-à-Baptiste are included in the Pointe-à-Baptiste units. The tax calculations will be adjusted if the uses are changed.
Work on Pointe-à-Baptiste:
It was our understanding, during the meeting between the Municipality and property owners in that sector, that the main reason for the work was the dust problem, particularly on the portion going to the campground. The project was amended to provide for paving only Pointe-à-Baptiste road and the portion of Camille-Poliquin road as far as the campground instead of all of Camille-Poliquin.
Campground permanently closed
In recent weeks, campground renters were notified that the campground would be permanently closed as of October 2017. This raises a question about the need to pave Camille-Poliquin road up to the campground. When asked about this at the Council meeting, the Mayor indicated that even if the loan by-law is adopted, the project could be modified and the Camille-Poliquin portion could be removed.
Pointe-à-Baptiste road work
As for the Pointe-à-Baptiste road work, there is a question about how the pavement will perform where the road crosses the marsh. Since the water table is very high beneath the road surface, there is some uncertainty about how the new pavement will react during the thawing and freezing cycles. At the public meeting, the Mayor indicated that the plans would take this into account. There is a beaver dam at that location, which is
particularly high this year and will most likely have an impact on the roadbed. We wonder if the pavement will last long in these conditions.
Grande-Baie sector work
Remember that although Grande-Baie will be paved and there will be some work on Lac-Gagnon-Ouest road, there is a section of the road between the end of the current pavement and the start of Grande-Baie road that will remain unpaved. The Mayor has indicated that this section could be paved some time in the future under another project.
We have not been informed of the potential environmental impact of this work on the lake due to runoff, etc.
Register for taxpayers to sign
A register will be open on Friday, April 21, 2017 between 9:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m. for each of these by-laws. Property owners wishing to oppose these by-laws may sign these registers. Make sure you have ID. Since the by-laws apply to the entire municipality, there must be more than 163 signatures to prevent the adoption of the by-laws. All owners of Duhamel are eligible to sign the registers.
The APLG invites you to read the by-laws, question the Municipality if you need more information and, as you consider appropriate, go to the Municipal offices on April 21st during the stated hours to sign the register. Since five of the six APLG board members are property owners in the Grande-Baie and Pointe-à-Baptiste sectors, we prefer forwarding the information without stating an official position. The APLG will continue to monitor this matter and keep you informed about any developments.
For more information on the planned roadwork, we invite you to contact the Municipality of Duhamel at 819-428-7100.
la Grande Baie Tableau-tarification actuelle
2016) The Municipality of Duhamel tabled its
2017 budget on December 2, 2016.
The general property tax rate will go from 0.647
cents to 0.659 cents per $100 of valuation.
Fixed tax rates will remain unchanged, except
the snow removal taxe which will increase by
Having spread the impact of the 2014 revaluation
over the last three years, all Duhamel taxpayers
will bear the same tax increase i.e. 1.8%. For
properties in the average price range, that is
$175,100 with a 40% adjustment in 2014, i.e. the
average, the 2016 tax increase will amount to
Consult the following documents to better assess
the evolution of Duhamel budgets:
showing the impact on the tax bill over
of budgets from 2009 to 2017
Duhamel income and expenses from 2005 to 2017
presentation by Duhamel
(July 1st, 2016) The
Municipality of Duhamel is considering major
improvement work on some secondary roads.
Residents of the four selected sectors were
invited to consultation sessions that took
place from the 10th to the 18th of June 2016.
The topic will be discussed again at our
annual meeting of July 3. This will allow all
of our members to be informed of the project
details and to express their opinions.
The documents used in these presentations can
be found at the following links:
la Grande Baie ch. Preston
du lac Doré Nord
(July 11, 2016) The APLG
offered again to its members the
opportunity to have their water tested at
a very attractive price, i.e. $30 for a
bacteriological analysis (drinking water)
and $10 for a fecal coliform count
As usual, the APLG will be testing the
water for swimming purposes around late
Results over the last several years
confirm that getting drinking water from
artesian wells or shallow wells provides
better quality water than water taken
directly from the lake. Over the last
several years, drinking water samples
taken directly from the lake have shown,
in half of them, that the water did not
meet standards for potable water. Results
of preceding years are available at the
The regular testing of your drinking water
is an excellent way to determine if it is
safe to drink and whether you need to take
some corrective action to protect your
A revised amendment to
the the zoning by-law was approved by
municipal Council on April 1st but it
did not include any change to the
clauses dealing with temporary shelters
). These shelters should
therefore always be dismantled in May.
This year, it seems that Duhamel
citizens have respected the by-law
prohibiting the use of temporary
shelters on a permanent basis.
We appreciate that the municipal Council
has reacted well to the representations
of its citizens.
(February 18, 2016
) A new
draft by-law was tabled at the
January 8, 2016 municipal council
meeting that proposed allowing such
structures to remain on a permanent
This project was the
subject of a public consultation
that took place on February 12,
2016. About fourty people attended.
During this consultation,
the APLG submitted a brief in which
we explain why we are asking that
the temporary nature of such
shelters be maintained. The proposed project
is short on criteria that could be
used to limit such permanent use to
only certain special cases.
our invitation, 66 members of the
APLG voiced their opinion to the
municipal council. Of these 63 are
opposed to the proposed by-law and
only three support it, but two of
them added that their approval is
subject to the shelters not
being visible from the road or the
lake. In addition, a
petition signed by 46 people was
filed. These are property owners
at Lac Gagnon, mostly permanent
residents, who are also opposed to
the project. After deleting names that
are on both lists, we get a list of
100 people at Lac Gagnon who
expressed their opposition to the
use of temporary shelters on a
consultation meeting was held in a
civilized atmosphere. Eight
people expressed their opposition to
the project, and five people their
support. Several of the
speakers seemed to hope that
special, exceptional situations
could be accommodated, according to
criteria to be determined.
There is no doubt about the
widespread opposition at
Lac Gagnon to the
proposed project. The municipal Council
should revert to the maintenance of
the temporary nature of these
association will closely follow
developments in this matter and keep
the proposed by-law
(February 12, 2016) APLG
(December 7, 2015)
The Municipality of Duhamel tabled its
2016 budget on December 4, 2015. Given
that the impact of the 2014
revaluation is spread over three
years, individual tax increases or
decreases will still be impacted by
the revaluation in 2016. For
properties in the average price range,
that is $175,100 with a 40% adjustment
in 2014, i.e. the average, the 2016
tax increase would be 2.1% or $31.
The general property tax rate will go
from 0.7 cents to 0.647 cents per $100
of valuation. Each fixed tax will
increase by 1.78%.
Consult the following documents to
better assess the impact of the 2016
Budget of Duhamel:
showing the impact on the tax bill
over several years.
1 - taxes 2013 to 2016, by sectors
2 - taxes 2013 to 2016, by sectors
at Lac Gagnon
6, 2014) The new assessment roll for
Duhamel was filed last September and
is available on the website
and on the site of
de géomatique Azimut
The APLG prepared 14 charts that
illustrate the impact of this role.
The roll determines the value of
each property in Duhamel. These
values will be used to calculate
municipal and school taxes for the
next three years. The latest
revision of the assessment roll was
done six years ago. The value
registered on the roll is an
estimate prepared by the firm of
appraisers , Servitech , and should
represent the market value of each
property as of July 1, 2012 . The
average value of properties in
Duhamel has increased by 40 percent
over the last six years.
The tax rate will be adjusted
downward but the adjustment iwill be
based on the average increase of 40
percent . For some taxpayers , the
increase in the value of their
property far exceeds the average ,
and for others the increase is much
lower than the average. So this new
assessment will result in higher
taxes for some taxpayers and
reductions for other , even before
the impact of the next municipal
budget to be tabled Friday night,
We compiled a database from
information that is publicly
available. This allows us to provide
charts showing relevant information
on the evolution of property values
in Duhamel as well as the impact
of the new assessment on tax bills,
by sectors. This document is
available in PDF format by clicking
. To see the limits of
sectors uses for the Lac Gagnon, click here
Only lots on which there are houses
or cottages have been taken into
account . No vacant lot is included
in our calculations. The area of the
Petite-Nation River is included in
the Lac Gagnon sector, i.e. the
territory covered by the APLG . This
sector includes 517 homes, of which
470 are at Lac Gagnon itself. The
charts first illustrate the new
house and land valuations and then
what would be the tax bill if the
municipality kept up a level of
taxation that would generate the
same revenue from the general
property tax, and also use the same
rates of fixed charges (garbage ,
snow removal etc.) We'll see on
January 10, 2014 if this is the case
. The 2014 budget could obviously
include different tax rates. The
charts will be updated following the
Duhamel budget approval.
The Mayor announced at the municipal
council meeting of December 6 that
increases and reductions in taxes
resulting from the revision of the
assessment roll will be spread over
three years. So only a third of an
increase, or a reduction, in the
value of a property will be taken
into account when calculating
property taxes in 2014. Two thirds
of the variation of the evaluation
will be taken into account in 2015
and the total in 2016. Our
calculations of the impact of the
new assessment roll on the tax
accounts of 2014 and 2016 do take
into account this spreading approved
by the municipal council.
Consult our website this weekend to
see the impact of the 2014 Budget.
of the new assessment in graphic
PLAN AND RELATED