Ready your bathing suits folks, as apparently we like to swim. There is a population of 37,400 residing in the four municipalities of Ile Perrot and I wonder how many of you in Pincourt, Terrasse-Vaudreuil, Notre Dame de L’iLe Perrot or Ile Perrot itself actually know what the Régie des équipements de loisir de l’Île-Perrot or RELIP is? At a recent Friday night social gathering chez nous, I raised the topic of the RELIP for discussion and no one knew what I was talking about. Curious and concerning I think, given the amount of local media attention that has been garnered on the outfit and the potential for budget expenditures and possible future tax implications for all towns and citizens.
So I ask: Did you participate in a telephone survey conducted in the area last year between August 31 and September 10 by Leger Marketing that asked Ile Perrot residents from across the four municipalities what your priorities are in terms of sports and infrastructure? According to the survey results, the targeted 1000 local responses were indeed gathered and compiled. As a refresher, the raison d’être of the RELIP is essentially a partnership created between the towns to better serve islanders in the areas of sports and recreation and culture and community while respecting the ability of it’s citizens to financially support any “global” initiatives.
Like any initiative whereby towns come together to work on and cooperate on any variety of issues, there will be detractors and opposers and the RELIP has had its share of both. I won’t go into those in detail here for now, only to say that the results of the RELIP–Leger survey speak for themselves and I invite you to consult the document. Of note, 80 percent of respondents said that they would favor the construction of an indoor swimming pool. Other potential facilities such as an arena, cycle paths, and a multi-sport center were also clearly and strongly supported with the swimming pool garnering the highest percentage of support (82%) in terms of actual use of the facility. As a result, the four municipalities are currently considering the feasibility of a new sports facility. As a side note, the number of respondents per “ville” is included in the report if you want to know just how many participated in the survey in your town.
The results of the Survey can be viewed in entirety here:
Let me know your initial reactions on the results of the survey and feel free to air your concerns here, if any.
Other notes of local interest:
Roadwork continues on the way down the hill on Don Quichotte Boulevard until May 31 as repairs to a retaining wall are completed. It looks to me that we may even gain an additional lane going north somehow that exits into or just before the RONA.
The Marché de la Gare Île-Perrot will be open as of May 29 on Wednesdays until the end of September. The market will be setting up at some new digs. No longer at its previous location at the train station, the outdoor market will now be in the parking lot of the Rose de Lima Church at 300, Perrot Boulevard. Participating vendors can be viewed here: http://www.ile-perrot.qc.ca/pages/milieu-affaires/marche-de-la-gare-ileperrot.aspx