By Tracey Arial
Then twelve residents asked questions. Five who live on 9th Avenue delivered a petition against cricket playing in Raymond Park. They say they’ve had to dodge balls flying from the cricket pitch into their yards for years. A net was installed about six years ago, said one. It was even raised in height a few years ago, but the small leather-coated wood balls still fly over it.
“The present structure doesn’t protect homes, vehicles or people,” said Pierre-Luc Labranche, holding up a cricket ball. “The season began only two weeks ago and I’ve already got two balls. The roof of my car was damaged by one of these things. We don’t feel safe in our own yards. Kids could be hit in the head.”
Mayor Manon Barbe expressed dismay.
“Clearly, we don’t want children to be harmed,” she said. “But there are only a few cricket pitches on the island. We hoped it could move to the land of the Douglas Hospital because that space is much larger. We can’t put it in any other park in LaSalle because they are too small.”
“I’ve been complaining about this to Alain Lavoie for ten years,” said Linda Daoust. “My balcony is broken. My cabinot is broken. The park is not big enough for this game.”
“I’ll ask the cricket club to suspend their games until the net can be installed properly,” said Barbe, after all the residents spoke. “We will also check the height of the net. We share your concerns and it’s clear that we don’t want balls in your yards.”
Developers, toxins, taxes, condo headaches and communication
Other citizens asked about an unpaved street in Bois de Caryers, trees, contaminated schools, CINTEC, developer security deposits, taxes, harassment in a condo syndicate and the necessity of the borough to focus on accurately communicating with citizens.
During their meeting, councillors approved the zoning change and architectural plans for the Stirling Woods development and assigned four contracts. Environnement Routier NRJ Inc. will be paid $8 million to operate LaSalle’s snow dump for five years. Pavages Chenail got $1,192,117.72 for road, sewer and aquaduct work on 7th Avenue between LaSalle and Centrale. Recyclage Notre-Dame will receive almost $68,000 to dispose of street sweeping residue. Mathew Legault will also receive a rental contract for $4,365 a year to operate the sport store at the Jacques Lemaire arena for the next five years.
The next meeting will take place on Monday, July 7, at 7:30 p.m., in borough hall.
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