Beaconsfield buys bits of Angell Woods

Gives green light to $40,000 lakefront shed 

By Robert Frank

Beaconsfield voted to pay $38,600 for eight tracts of land in Angell Woods, during its city council meeting, Jan. 27.

“They’re woodlots, about 44,000 sq.ft.,” Mayor Georges Bourelle told The Suburban in an interview following the meeting. “That a little over 80¢ per square foot. We’re approaching the owners of several more. We’d like to acquire these lots. It’s an easy process to acquire. If the owners want to sell and the price is right, this is the right way for us to acquire a little bit of the land.”

“Every lot counts,” he said, “but it’s not what I would call a major program of acquisition. We’re hoping to approve more [purchases] during the next city council meeting, as we try to find where those owners are. The city certainly is prepared to buy from anyone who has a woodlot in Angell Woods.”

City councilors also voted let Vincent Simonetta keep his shed on the shore of Lake St. Louis.

The item didn’t appear on the agenda and was added after the meeting started. “The decision was contentious within council,” Councilor Pierre Demers told The Suburban after he voted against conceding Simonetta acquired rights to the structure at 534 Lakeshore.

He said that provincial law prohibits building new waterfront structures. Demers explained riverfront and lakefront land play and important natural role in filtering runoff that makes its way into those waterways and that, according to the Quebec government, municipalities have a duty to enforce those environmental rules on their territory.

He is considering appealing the decision to Quebec’s Municipal Affairs Ministry.

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During the council meeting, Mayor Bourelle indicated that he had been appointed to serve on the City of Montreal finance committee, together with committee vice-chairman Westmount Mayor Peter Trent.

“I’m going to be busy after Jan. 29,” he quipped.

Mayor Bourelle added that Beaconsfield property evaluation increases, which are up by 18 per cent, will be spread over three consecutive years of 6 per cent increases.

“If your house is above the average value, you can expect to see a little rise in the Beaconsfield portion of your taxes,” he said. “If it is below the average, you can expect a little decrease.”

He added that Beaconsfield ought to have enough information about the pending Montreal agglomeration council budget to pass its own budget at the next city council meeting, Feb. 17.

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