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in the region.
Comments collected during a phone poll
and an online survey show that 90 per cent
of the civil servants contacted use private
transportation to commute.
The study suggested “the region must
now consider public transit initiatives, as
indicated in the Prescott-Russell Economic
“In order to attract such federal
government employees as well as other
residents who work in the cities, the survey
suggests that an improved commuter-
transit network between the east and west
Grenville-sur-la-Rouge has taken
sides of Ottawa should merit the attention
steps towards solving problems with
of the United Counties.”
the aging Calumet drinking water
During the study, 400 federal employees
replied to the telephone survey while 39
Two consulting firms have been
completed an online questionnaire.
retained to prepare plans for
“It is obvious that the relocation of the
improvements, which include the
Department of National Defence and the
drilling of a second well. The action is
Some 2,300 Prescott-Russell residents
RCMP did not have the negative effect that
meant to secure the long-term safety of
work for two federal government
had concerned us,” said Clarence-
the system. Work on the water service
departments that are moving offices to the
Rockland Mayor Marcel Guibord, who had
has been discussed over the last few
west end of Ottawa over the next four
proposed the survey to his colleagues.
years. Fear of contamination prompted
years. However, the impact of the transfer
“However, with this survey, we now have
the municipality to issue a boil water
of thousands of National Defence and
a strategic database that will allow us to
warning recently. Because of a power
RCMP employees on the counties will be
ensure sustainable growth in the region.”
failure, a pump stopped working and a
He noted that the real repercussions will
reservoir went dry, related Councillor
That is the conclusion of a $25,000 survey
not be known until the transfer of 10,000
Alain Carrière at a recent council
conducted by the united counties of
employees is completed in four years.
session. The boil water order was lifted
Prescott-Russell in an effort to anticipate
“There are no surprises,” commented
a few days later after a transformer had
the effect of the move on the district.
Russell Mayor Jean-Paul St-Pierre.
The results indicate that the total
Allowing that improved public transit
percentage of households in the UCPR
New fire hall
would remain a priority, he added, “We
potentially affected by the transfer of the
residents decide they must relocate closer
have to concentrate on the positive.”
At the same meeting, GSR council
workplace is about three per cent.
to their workplaces.
The study highlighted, among other
decided to set aside a sum of $150,000
Kathryn Wood, of Natural Capital
“If we apply these findings in the right
factors, that there are significant differences
for the construction of a new fire hall in
Resources, told county council last week
way, we can substantially improve the
in the values of similar-type homes in
that about 225 households are considering
Orleans, Kanata and Prescott-Russell.
Other expenses, which are to be
moving to the west end.
said Warden François St-Amour. “The
Furthermore, population growth in the
financed by grants fromHydro-Québec,
The survey also reveals that 80 per cent
United Counties also exceeded the
include an allocation of $35,000 to fix
of the affected residents are ready to “live
be of interest to those who would prefer not
provincial average between 2006 and 2011,
the Calumet library roof and a $7,000
to move to the city, and would be a step
and if this trend continues, the region could
allotment for improvements to the Sept
of their workplace might create.
towards the creation of jobs in our
remain a centre of growth even if some
Chutes park near the Rouge River.
The results also provided more impetus
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