REMINDER – Temporary suspension of interest and penalties on accounts receivable
Be advised that, following a resolution of the council adopted on April 6th, 2020 and a second one adopted on June 1st, 2020, the Town has reduced its interest rate and penalties to 0% for a total period of 200 days, starting on April 7th, 2020, on all accounts receivable and due to the Town. Council will review this extension before the expiry of the 200 day period if the current situation related to COVID-19 (Coronavirus) continues. This measure covers the municipal taxes due on May 15th and August 3rd, 2020, transfer duties (welcome tax), all balances currently due and other fees payable to the Town.
However, we ask citizens who can pay their taxes or other fees to do so on time. Such payments will help the Town to limit the financial impact of the pandemic and will allow the Town to help those in need.
For those who have already sent a postdated cheque for the August 3rd payment and who will not be able to honor payment of such, please send an email to [email protected] to request that your cheque be cancelled. A proof of cancellation will be sent to you by email.
Financial statements 2019
Every year, the Town of Sutton prepares the financial report for the period January 1st to December 31st. It is tabled at the public meeting of the Town Council following completion of an independent audit. The financial report must conform to the norms of the Ministère des Affaires municipales et de l’Habitation (MAMH) regarding the presentation of municipal financial information. The report presents financial details of the municipality including:
• Operational charges .
• Expenses and income related to asset acquisition.
The financial report for the 2019 financial year was tabled at the ordinary meeting of the municipal council of July 6th, 2020 with an explanatory presentation. The mayor made his report to the citizens of the key facts from the financial report, and the independent auditor’s report.
The public may ask questions of the independent auditor concerning the 2019 financial report at the ordinary meeting of the August, 3rd 2020. You are asked to send question by July 24th, 2020 to [email protected] with the word “Auditor” or “Financial statements 2019” as the subject line.
You can consult the following documents:
- Summary of the financial information 2019 (in French only)
- Financial report and auditor’s report for 2019 (in French only)
- Mayor’s report concerning the 2019 financial report key facts, and the report of the independent auditor
- Presentation of key facts from the 2019 financial report (in French only)
- Report regarding the reserves at 30 June 2020
Extreme heat wave
The Emergency Measures Committee of the Town of Sutton wishes to inform you that a weather watch is in effect because of an extreme heat wave announced for the next days to come.
Following the actual pandemic COVID-19 (Coronavirus) and the air-conditioned public places that remain closed or difficult to access, we ask you to take the following precautions:
- Use the water games at the Goyette-Hill Park;
- Use the pool at the Goyette-Hill Park according to the open swimming schedule (Swimming Pool Schedule);
- Drink water regularly;
- Regularly take fresh showers / baths;
- Limit physical efforts;
- Wear light and pale-colored clothing;
- Stay in the shade;
- We also ask you to get in touch with vulnerable friends and family
- Rest assured that the Emergency Measures Committee and Town officials are paying close attention to the matter and will notify you of any changes.
For more information, do not hesitate to follow us on our Facebook page and our website. For any emergency, contact 9-1-1.
We thank you for your cooperation!
Job offer – student – fire safety department
To view the job offer, please click here.
A message for the citizens of Sutton from the Mayor 3 July 2020: The updated relaunch plan
As a consequence of COVID-19 (Coronavirus), all across Quebec, towns and villages, big and small, are putting in place plans to temporarily redesign streets and public spaces so that residents and visitors alike can move about in safety and with confidence. Considering the speed of progress of the de-confinement period I asked for our own plan to be updated to reflect not only the current reality of the pandemic, but also the preoccupations and suggestions of many of our citizens and business owners.
Next week, 25 of the designated parking spaces directly on rue Principale will be removed and the freed-up space given over to pedestrians; this extra space will stay in place through Thanksgiving. The sections chosen are the busiest ones and or where the pavement is narrowest: on the east side between rue Mountain and rue Maple and on the west side between Au Naturel and rue Academy. A line of bollards and pots of flowers will be installed to mark off the new extended pedestrian areas.
Close study of the number of parking spaces in the village core indicates that we can compensate for a temporary loss of up to 30 parking spaces. As things stand, we do not plan to use the site of the former Filtex factory as a parking lot.
Better management of municipal parking includes clearly signposting municipal lots from the road, and distribution of a plan of parking sites. A map will be installed at the lot between the Post Office and the John Sleeth Centre, and at the Parc des Veterans lot. There will be a maximum two-hour parking period on rue Principale and in the entire parking lot next to the Post Office. Citizens and visitors who wish to park for a longer period, such as cyclists, will be directed to the summer parking lot next to the Curling Club. We will keep a close eye on the impact of these changes and adjustments will be made, as necessary.
We plan other temporary changes to tackle the problem of traffic congestion on rue Depot. Shortly, access at weekends will be restricted solely to the residents and businesses of Depot who have their own parking. Citizens and businesses directly impacted by this change will be consulted to validate a possible extension of this restriction to include weekdays. This would also more freed-up space to pedestrians and enable the instillation of picnic-tables.
Lastly, I want to remind you that public health is a collective responsibility. We each have a role to play in maintaining our own health and that of our fellow citizens – especially our seniors and those whose health is vulnerable. Regardless of your personal beliefs regarding COVID-19 I ask each of you to continue to follow health directives, especially social distancing, and to respect the actions of the Town. I assure you that we will listen to all comments that contribute to the attractiveness and calm of our village core.
Mayor of Sutton
Agenda – Council Meeting of July 6, 2020
To view the agenda for the July 7, 2020 council meeting, please click here.
Please be advised that public access will be denied at the Town council meeting. In the meantime, you can send your questions by email to [email protected] before July 6, 2020 at 4:30 p.m
Be advised that we will try to live streaming the council meeting on our YouTube channel : https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCho_cik7f5pK2CjJ0f5dxSA.
Few days after the meeting, the financial report for the year 2019 will be available on the Town’s website (in PDF version). Citizens will be able to ask their questions on this financial report, by email ([email protected]) or by mail at 11, rue Principale Sud, Sutton, which questions will be answered no later than the session of August 3, 2020 by the Town of Sutton auditor. This procedure is exceptional and makes it possible to comply with government directives.
Opening of the water features
The Town is proud to announce the opening of the water features! A breakage prevent to open these earlier. All citizens can now use those features… by respecting the health measures!
UPDATE June 26, 2020: Modification of the ban on open fires: the ban is now lifted.
UPDATE June 22, 2020: Please be advised that fireworks planned for Fête national on June 24, 2020 were cancelled under the extreme drought conditions.
As requested by the SOPFEU on Friday June 19, 2020 at 5:14 p.m., the issuance of burning permits is suspended from now, until further notice. Outdoor fires are therefore forbidden as of June 22, 2020. Only fireplace with a spark arrester will be tolerated.
The CDES and Fire Department of the Town are following up the situation and news will follow about the fireworks planned for Fête national on June 24, 2020.