Sainte-Marthe-sur-le-Lac still awaiting funding for the dike

Sainte-Marthe-sur-le-Lac still awaiting funding for the dike

UPGRADE DAY

Three years after the major floods in Sainte-Marthe-sur-le-Lac, the file is far from closed.  

The city is still waiting for the $41 million grant for repairing the dike. 

The mayor of Sainte-Marthe-sur- le-Lac, François Robillard, is of the opinion that citizens want to turn the page and settle this file, but this situation prevents them from doing so. 

“I think that the government tends to forget by where the citizens of Sainte-Marthe-sur-le-Lac have gone over the past three years,” he believes. 

François Robillard explains that the amount is slow to be paid since the city and the government are in discussion as to the level of ownership of the dike. 

“Technically, there is an agreement that dates back to 1978 which says that the government owns the dike. But after that, we will fall into the legal aspect”, underlines the mayor. 

He wants the file to move, and quickly, since the bill for the dike is rising rapidly. 

“We are in temporary financing. Interest costs us a lot. It costs us sixty thousand dollars a month,” he admits. 

The government of François Legault ensures that the money is still on the table. 

An important meeting is scheduled over the next few days between the Mayor of Sainte-Marthe-sur-le-Lac and the MNA for Deux-Montagnes, Minister of the Environment, Benoît Charrette.