$9828. Parks and Recreation director Lisa Burroughs recommended the hiring over imposing user fees or hiring a security guard that latter of which had been implemented last summer. The council had voted tentatively in favour of recommending the lifeguard be hired at a committee of the whole earlier this month. At the time, councillors André Roy (L’Orignal), Violaine Tittley (Longueuil) and Michel Lalonde (Longueuil) voted against the motion, calling instead for a student to be hired as security for the area or for user fees to be imposed on non-residents who used the beach. The councillors voted against the official motion at the council’s regular meeting on Thursday, but were joined by councillor Gerry .JOFS 8FTU)BXLFTCVSZ DSFBUJOHBGPVSGPVS TQMJUPOUIFEFDJTJPO.BZPS/PSNBOE3JPQFM 

A proposal to appoint a lifeguard at L’Orignal beach next summer was rejec- ted after half the Champlain Township councillors and the mayor voted against it last week. The township’s administration would need to return to council with an alternative plan next month to ensure safety and bylaw enforcement at the beach next summer. The original recommendation of a lifeguard was proposed after last summer’s influx of visitors to the recreation area during COVID-19, which prompted the closure of the beach to non-Champlain residents. Under the proposal, a lifeguard would be hired to monitor the beach daily from June 27 to August 30 at an approximate cost of

Le conseil municipal du Canton de Champlain a voté contre une proposition visant à embaucher un sauveteur à la plage de L’Orignal l’été prochain. — photo d’archives

as the tiebreaker, voted against the motion. Miner said he had changed his vote as he had been absent for part of the committee of the whole discussion and had not heard some of the opposing arguments when he voted in favour at that meeting. Speaking against the motion on Thursday night, Roy said most complaints made last summer had not been related to water safety, and suggested user fees for non-residents. “The complaints that we received last summer were concerning the number of people present at the beach, and the non- respect of all the rules either concerning COVID… or the municipal bylaws such as smoking, cooking, hygiene, dogs, etcetera,” he said. “I believe that the COVID situation will not be resolved next summer. Unless we take control of the situation, I think we will see the same problems arise next summer.” Tittley said the beach may need to be closed again next summer to those from outside the township due to COVID. “Our problem last summer was not in the water, it was a violation of COVID rules,” she TBJEi8FNBZTUJMMCFJOBQBOEFNJDOFYU

summer and we may need again to restrict access.” $PVODJMMPS4BSBI#JHFMPX 8FTU)BXLFT - bury), who spoke in favour of the lifeguard, said the hire would offer peace of mind to swimmers and reduce liability issues. i&WFSZPOF JT TVFDSB[Z  OFWFSNJOE FWF - SZPOFT$07*%DSB[ZuTIFTBJEi*GXFIBWF someone standing at the gate, there is no one watching the beach.” $PVODJMMPS1FUFS#BSUPO 7BOLMFFL)JMM  said it did not make sense to approve secu- rity at the gate without knowing what the pandemic situation would be next summer. )FTBJE UIF MJGFHVBSEXPVME JNQSPWF UIF amenity at the park. “This came to us as a recommendation from staff to make it a safer and better place, essentially to offer a better service, and to help people have a better experience in our community,” he said. “If we get into the situation where we’re overrun again and unable to contain those people, we can deal with it at that time.” A new recommendation for the beach was expected to be presented to the council at a future meeting.

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