Permits and Regulations

The season is here when we all want to have work completed in and around our homes to make improvements. It is very important that everyone follow the requirements regarding permits and regulations to conduct the work. Knowing and having the appropriate permits will ensure the work meets city requirements and prevent problems for you later.

Please refer to the following link regarding required permits and if you have any questions please call 311 for clarification.

http://ville.montreal.qc.ca/portal/page?_pageid=7317,78651572&_dad=portal&_schema=PORTAL

Garage Sale Tips & Tricks

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Each year our street-wide garage sale is more successful and it will be great to make this event even better with more residents participating. It really can be a fun day, you will be able to clear away unwanted items and make money too!

The garage sale will be advertised on various internet websites, CJAD radio and signage placed around the area the morning of the garage sale.

Preparation

  • Start planning now! Spring is a great time to go through cupboards, closets, garage and boxes for those items no longer used or needed.
  • Invite your friends and family to participate with you. A garage sale can be a lot of fun day and the more the merrier.
  • Tell your friends about the garage sale
  • Have your children involved selling lemonade etc. It can be great fun for them too and they will feel part of it!
  • Have a calculator ready
  • Have newspaper available to wrap breakable items
  • Have plastic bags for items
  • All items should be priced
  • If you are selling electrical items such as appliance s and electronics, have a power source/extension cord available to test the items.
  • Have some inexpensive plastic coverings in case of rain
  • Set-up early (7am-8am). People will start visiting early looking for the best items.

Tips & Tricks

  • Make it a party or a “fair” like day. If it looks like you are having fun and have lots to offer you will attract more people.
  • Don’t underestimate your items you will be surprised what and why people will buy. It may be “junk” to you but a treasure for someone else.
  • Have plenty of change available. $50 is recommended of $5 bills, $2, $1, .25, .10 and .05 coins
  • Never use a cash box, keep your money in a money belt or on your person
  • Try not to accept large bills, save your change
  • Beware of some early birds. Some are antique dealers and some have stores and will bargain hard.
  • Children’s clothing and toys sell well. Recently cleaned is recommended. Be prepared to give them away after the garage sale.
  • Adult clothing does not sell as well as children’s so you should price accordingly and be prepared to give to your preferred charity at the end of the day.
  • Put large items in front, it looks good when people drive by.
  • As items sell keep moving items to the front to give appearance that you have a lot of items.
  • Do not take money bills before you give the change. This will prevent people saying you gave the wrong change.
  • Never let ANYONE use your bathroom under any circumstances
  • Keep your front door and patio door locked and your kitchen window closed if there is easy access to your backyard! If your garage door is open be sure to block off areas that people should not enter and keep a close watch.
  • Don’t put items aside because someone liked them but does not have enough money and will return. If you wish ask for a good deposit and specify that you will hold them until a specified time only.
  • Think twice before break a set of two, for or six. Someone may want the entire set.
  • Don’t let people try out clothing. All sales final, no returns.
  • Watch people with large bags or backpacks. Some may only appear innocent
  • Be aware of someone lingering around the same spot. They might be waiting for the right moment.
  • Remember that “Dollar Stores” are your competitors. Don’t ask for unreasonable prices.
  • Don’t be offended if someone challenges your prices, it part of the game. You may want to ask yourself if you are priced too high.
  • Decide what you will want to do as the day progresses. If you don’t want to store the items another year consider marking the prices down further in the afternoon. I like to think the items in the sale are leaving for good and I don’t want to see them again.
  • Liven up your garage sale with music, balloons etc. It will attract people and make time go faster.
  • Keep a sense of humor during the day and get ready to bargain and have fun!

Good Luck !

Important Safety Reminders

safe_neighbourhoodWith the improved weather and as summer nears more people and families will be enjoying the parks and neighborhood. With the many advantages of living downtown we also have some of the problems and issues. Families are not the only ones that like to make use of our parks.

There will be times when people may be observed that look out of place, some taking part in questionable activities or some who wish to socialize in area parks late into the evenings. Although we all want everyone to enjoy the parks it is very important that if you observe any suspicious persons or activities to call 911immediately.

Some reminders to enjoy and safe summer:

  • Be aware for the safety of children on the street or playing in the parks. Do not leave children unattended
  • Ensure your patio and basement doors and ground level windows are closed and locked if you are not home. Consider using a bar or piece of wood to secure patio doors. If you have a patio door from of an older model, place a bar in the upper part of the door to prevent thieves from lifting it.
  • Utilize exterior lighting to deter thieves at front door, above garage door and at the back of the house. Consider motion sensor lighting
  • Timers (both interior and exterior) should be installed to activate lights in your absence
  • Be aware when your neighbors are away
  • Notice people passing through the area and any patterns or suspicious behavior
  • Don’t leave valuables in your vehicles and ensure your vehicles are always locked

Let’s all work together to ensure a safe and secure neighborhood and enjoy our summer.

Parking

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Parking on our streets continue to be a major problem and it is getting worse every day. An increased number of cars continue to block driveways, block intersections/sidewalks or park on corners making it difficult to maneuver around them safely.

I have been unsuccessful (but still trying) to reach a person responsible for parking enforcement for the area. Until I am successful to improve parking patrol on the street there are steps each of us can take.

  1. If you observe illegally parked vehicles call 514-280-2222, provide make of car and license plate number. The parking enforcement officers are very willing to respond to calls and issue tickets
  2. If you call because your driveway is blocked or partially blocked you must be home when the enforcement office arrives. This is to ensure that the car is not someone visiting your home
  3. If the vehicle is blocking your driveway and you are not able to leave or access your driveway the car will be towed away. Again, you must be home to verify that the car is not someone visiting
  4. You do not have to be home for cars reported illegally parked in designated “parking permit” locations, parked on corners or blocking intersections/sidewalks

I hope that I will be successful in trying to take a more proactive approach with the city however until then each of us will need to call for parking enforcement. If we don’t call and take action the problem will only get worse. Today a number of cars were ticketed and one car towed on the street based on calling parking enforcement.

Remember: 514-280-2222

Good luck!

Attention Dog Owners

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Although the majority of pet owners are responsible it is important to remind everyone of the regulations in Ville-Marie in regards to owning a pet. These regulations are in place for health and safety as well as respect to other citizens. We all want to enjoy our pets but we must be aware of the regulations and abide by them.

Regulations:

· All dogs must be kept on a leash at all times unless in a dedicated dog park

· All dog owners must pick-up after their pets

· At all times dog owners must have a bag with them to pick up after the dog. You may be stopped and asked to provide a bag by an inspector

· All dogs must have a tag/permit issued by the city. Details where you can pick-up the tag is attached

· Dogs are not permitted in children’s playgrounds at any time

A breach of any of the regulations may result in a $ 100 to $ 300 fine for each offence and as much as $500 to $1,000 fine for each offence in the case of second offense. The canine patrol officer or police officers can issue these tickets.

Due to the growing number of complaints there will be increased surveillance by the Canine Patrol as well as the police in the area and tickets issued as required.

For complete details on animal regulations please visit: ville.montreal.qc.ca/villemarie

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Montreal moves to eliminate all fireplaces within city limits

canstock8527872Throwing a log on an open fire will soon become a thing of the past in the city of Montreal if councillors have their way.

Earlier this year, in a decision that did not come under much scrutiny, Montreal’s Executive Committee ordered the elimination of all wood-burning fireplaces by Dec. 31, 2020.

Read more: http://montreal.ctvnews.ca/montreal-moves-to-eliminate-all-fireplaces-within-city-limits-1.1420733#ixzz2cdMU8Xoz

Blood Tests

Blood Tests at Brunet/Guy Lachance Pharmacy (adjacent to Super C)

Every Thursday from  8:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m., a nurse is available for blood tests and urine samples. She will send the samples to the lab for analysis and forward the results to your doctor within five days.

Cost: $25 (tax deductible)

Contact: Nathalie at (514) 521-4224. By appointment only.

Dog Patrol / Enforcement

pick-upDuring our residents meeting there was discussion regarding dog enforcement in the neighbourhood, in particular dog owners who refuse to clean up after their animals. Some of the pathways in the area are becoming terribly soiled by this unhealthy practice.

If anyone has any concerns or wish to file a complaint about anyone not cleaning up after their pets should call: 514-872-2659.

Parking Enforcement

no-parking During our meeting it was mentioned that parking is again becoming a problem on the street.  This will continue to get worse as parking becomes more limited due to snow.

If you notice  vehicles parked illegally or blocking your driveway please call the parking enforcement to have them ticket the vehicle.  The parking enforcement people are usually quick and pleased to help.

The number to call is: 514-280-2222

Proposed Speed Bumps

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We have had many discussions regarding traffic circulation on Victor Hugo and Lucien L’Allier.

Through these discussions we have been successful implementing modified parking hours to reduce the number of transient people parking on the street to reduce traffic and a crosswalk / stop line at Victor Hugo/Versailles to try to have more vehicles stop at the stop sign.

Discussions have also taken place, along with another concerned resident, with the SPVM to work together on other alternatives and solutions.  Since the first discussion there have been follow-up discussions with the SPVMC when they have been on the street.  The police department are doing their best however drivers seem to only obey the laws when a marked vehicle is present on the street which may not be the best use of their resources.

With all efforts that have been made we still continue to have a major security issue with speeding along Lucien L’Allier as vehicles try to get to the stop lights before they turn red.  This is an extremely dangerous situation since there is a children’s park situated at this corner, many pedestrians and a Bixi stand.  With the new park scheduled to open in November more children and families (including the local day cares) can be expected in the area to enjoy the park.

We have discussed that a major cause of this traffic along Lucien L’Allier is a result of vehicles that use this road as a short cut from Notre Dame (eastbound) to St. Jacques (eastbound), albeit some residents in the adjacent condos are not without blame.  These vehicles are trying to avoid traffic on Notre Dame and are usually in a rush therefore speeding.  This area is also clearly marked as a 30km/h zone due to the park however the speed limit is just as clearly ignored.

With all the efforts that have been made we, the residents of Victor Hugo/Lucien L’Allier would again ask that the city to please consider a speed bump on Lucien L’Allier and Victor Hugo where the park begins.  It is quite apparent that signage to re-enforce the laws are being ignored and that the only thing that will slow traffic is a physical deterrent.  A picture of the recommended location of a speed bump is included.

It is important to restate that this part of Lucien L’Allier is a one-way exit and is not an emergency entrance that would impede emergency vehicles entering Victor Hugo/Lucien L’Allier in the case of an emergency.

We look forward to working with the city to come to a solution with this dangerous and terribly frustrating situation on this street.  It is extremely important that this street is safe for the children and residents using the park.

Construction of affordable housing

coop 1As some of you may be aware a proposal has been put forward by the CDH group to build an affordable housing project on the corner of de la Montagne and St. Jacques.  The proposal is in it’s very early stages and for the moment there is no time frame for the project.  What I have been told is the following:

- The CDH group helps the Cooperative its 10 floors for 88 housing project for families.
- There will be social housing and affordable housing.
- I am told that the Cooperative and the CDH group will organize a meeting with the community when the project will be presented.
- I am told that the gardens will not be affected by the project. They all will be protected and that gardeners can access easily.
- For the moment the Borough of Ville-Marie has not yet received project for study and analysis.
- The project must be consistent with municipal and zoning for approval by the Council of the Borough of Ville-Marie.
- For the moment there is no time frame for the project.
- The following picture illustrates the space that is proposed for the project:

As more information becomes available and dates have been communicated regarding meeting with the community I will advise everyone.  I would welcome any comments you may have regarding the project.