Municipal Services

Animals

Dogs – Animal protection and control

In accordance with municipal by-law 86-2007, dog owners must ensure that their animal is licensed. Each year, a municipal representative visits to sell dog licenses. The licensing fee is set annually by the municipal council.

If you lose your animal, see a wandering animal, or would like to obtain a license, please contact animal control directly at 819-562-4251 or the municipality at 819-560-8585.

Keeping any type of animal within the municipality’s limits other than dogs, cats, ferrets, fish, birds, or small rodents commonly sold in pet stores constitutes a nuisance and is prohibited. Farm animals may be kept where zoning permits. It is illegal to keep an exotic or a wild animal. This clause does not apply to zoo permit holders.

Except in the case of a kennel or farm operation, it is prohibited for any owner, tenant, or occupant of a building or dwelling to keep more than two (2) dogs on a property, in a building, a dwelling, or an outbuilding.

Owning or harboring an animal that has been declared dangerous by an animal protection agency or a veterinarian following one or more specific incident(s), a character evaluation, or an examination of the animal’s overall health is prohibited. The owner of an animal that has been declared dangerous must adhere to the additional control measures established by the animal protection agency. The entity responsible for enforcing this by-law may also require that the animal be euthanized. In the context of this by-law, a dog is deemed to be dangerous if it:

  1. bites or attacks a person or other animal resulting in an injury requiring medical attention, such as extensive or multiple wounds, a fracture, internal bleeding, or other serious injuries;
  2.  bites or attacks a person or other animal, or exhibits aggression towards a person by growling, barring its teeth, ferociously barking, or exhibiting other aggressive behaviour that indicates that the animal may bite or attack a person outside the boundaries of the owner’s property or outside the owner’s vehicle.

Before establishing a kennel, please contact the building and environment inspector to consult the applicable municipal by-laws.

Snow removal

Parking

From November 1 to April 15, inclusive, it is prohibited to park or stop your vehicle on all public roads within the municipal limits between 11 p.m. and 7 a.m.

Permits and urban planning

Temporary garages

Seasonal car ports are permitted between October 1 and April 30 of the following year. The shelter, including its structure, must be taken down outside of this period. The cover must be made of canvas or plastic and be mounted on a lightweight metal frame.

Commercial signage

In accordance with the Town of Cookshire-Eaton’s by-law regarding commercial signage, you must obtain a permit from a building inspector before installing a sign.

Permits and inspections

A permit issued by the building and environment inspector is required for any building construction, renovations, demolition, or additions. A permit is also required to install a pool or fence.

To obtain a permit, make an appointment with the building and environment inspector by calling 819-560-8585.

Taxes

Municipal evaluations

The MRC of the Haut-Saint-François performs all property evaluations in the Town of Cookshire-Eaton.

Municipal taxes

If the amount due is greater than three hundred dollars ($300), municipal taxes are payable in five equal installments. The 2014 payment dates are: March 27, May 29, July 24, September 25, and November 27.

Taxes may be paid at your financial institution or directly, by cheque or cash, at Town Hall during regular office hours.

Public works

Street lights

If you notice that a street light isn’t working, please contact Town Hall.

To report a problem

To report a problem related to infrastructure, a road, or equipment at any time, please contact Town Hall at 819-560-8585. Outside of office hours, someone will answer your call and your message will be forwarded to the appropriate department.

Waste materials

Household garbage and recycling collection

Waste materials are collected every two weeks, alternating between garbage and recycling.

Consult the collection schedule 2017

Consult the collection routes

Roll-out bins

To obtain a roll-out bin, contact the Town at 819-560-8585 or by e-mail at rene.roy@hsfqc.ca. Roll-out bins obtained from the Town are repaired free of charge.

Household hazardous waste

Household hazardous waste must be disposed of at the Ecocentre in the Haut-Saint-François MRC. For more information, visit its Web site.

Large item collection

On the Monday morning of the first full week of May, you may dispose of your large garbage items at the side of the road for the special spring large item collection. They will be picked up over the course of that week. Car and truck tires will be collected in conjunction with this pick-up.

As stipulated in the policy adopted by council regarding the special collection of large items, the following standards must be observed for the disposal of large items:

  1. All bundles, bags, boxes, etc. must be easy to handle
  2. The quantity of items must be reasonable
  3. Branches must be tied into bundles
  4. The items must be placed at the side of the road
  5. Tire collection is only available in the spring
  6. We do not collect auto bodies or parts 
  7. We do not collect construction materials.

On the Monday morning of the first full week of October, you may dispose of your waste at the side of the road for the special fall household waste collection.

Please note that branches must be tied together, and all bundles, bags, and boxes must be easy to handle and limited to a reasonable quantity. We do not accept auto bodies, construction materials, or tires.

Leaf collection is restricted to sites within town limits and is offered during the first full week of November.

Christmas tree collection occurs during the second full week of January and is restricted to sites within town limits.

Tire collection

Car and truck tires are only collected by the Town during the large item collection in the spring.

Water and sanitation

Annual assessment on the quality of drinking water

In accordance with the regulation on the quality of drinking water, municipalities must now make available a report on the quality of drinking water taken from January 1st to December 31st of the previous year.

Persons interested in consulting the report of 2015 for Cookshire, Sawyerville or Johnville can make a request by e-mail to:  cookshire-eaton@hsfqc.ca

Lawn watering

The watering of lawns, hedges, trees, shrubs, and other vegetation using removable sprinklers or soaker hoses is permitted only between 8 and 11 p.m. on the following days: 

  1.  Occupants of an even-numbered residence may water when the date is an even number.
  2.  Occupants of an odd-numbered residence may water when the date is an odd number.

The use of automatic irrigation systems is permitted Sundays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays from 3 to 6 a.m.

The use of drinking water for watering, washing a vehicle, or filling pools is prohibited when there is a water ban in place. If water use conditions are put in place, users must comply with them.

Backwater valves

To prevent sewage backflow, all property owners served by the municipal sewer system must install and maintain pressure-relief valves (backwater valves) at their own expense.

In the event that a property owner refuse to install and maintain in good condition a pressure relief valve (backwater valve) in compliance with municipal by-laws, the municipality is not responsible for damage to the building or its contents caused by sewage backflow.

Connecting to public services (water and sewer)

Residents are responsible for their sanitary and storm sewer lines from the house to the sewer main connection. The property owner is responsible for the cost of any maintenance to the sewer line that serves his or her property.

Property owners are responsible for the water supply conduit from their house to the property line. There is a curb stop valve located near the property line and the property owner may be held liable for damage to this shut-off valve. Closing this valve will determine who is responsible for repairing the damage. If closing the valve stops the flow of water (or the leaking sound), it may be concluded that the leak occurred on the property owner’s side of the valve and therefore he or she will be responsible for the cost of repairing the damage. Property owners may hire the contractor of their choice provided they are assisted in the repairs by a skilled plumber.

Filling pools

The Town of Cookshire-Eaton does not offer pool-filling services.

Emptying of septic tanks

The Town of Cookshire-Eaton manages the emptying of septic tanks.

All property owners who require this service will receive a written notice by mail advising them of the week their septic tank will be emptied. Septic tanks are emptied once every two years.

Water Withdrawal and Protection Regulation  

On March 2, 2015 a part of the new provincial regulation (Chapter III, IV) on water sampling came into effect, and its protection also in effect since September 14, 2014 therefore it is under municipal application. 

Article 14 applicable to existing wells obliges the property owner to make them accessible, so if your wells are currently buried you must extend the access to 30 cm above ground level and make the necessary adjustments according to the requirements of Article 18 cited below.  If the well is hidden by vegetation a visual landmark is obligatory. 

14.  (cf. 2015-03-02) Every water withdrawal facility must remain accessible for inspection, maintenance, disinfection or equipment repair purposes, and for plugging or dismantling if required. 

18.  (cf. 2015-03-02) Unless a groundwater withdrawal facility is plugged in accordance with section 20, the facility must, at all times, be operated in compliance with the following conditions: 

  (1)    the facility must be equipped with a secure cover that is resistant to the weather, contaminants and vermin, and, if the facility is exposed to immersion risks, the infiltration of water; 

  (2)    the soil around the facility must be graded so as to prevent water pooling and water runoff towards the facility for a distance of 1 m around the facility; 

  (3)    the facility must be visibly locatable; 

  (4)    if a hydrofracturing activity is carried out at the facility, water that meets the quality standards for drinking water prescribed by the Regulation respecting the quality of drinking water (chapter Q-2, r. 40) must be used. 

This section also applies to an observation well. 

90.  Every person who 

  (1)    fails to take a sample or measurement in accordance with this Regulation, 

  (2)    fails to conduct an analysis, test, monitoring or check in accordance with this Regulation, 

  (3)    fails to make a water withdrawal facility accessible in accordance with section 14, 

commits an offence and is liable to a fine of $2,500 to $250,000 in the case of a natural person or $7,500 to $1,500,00 in other cases.

Transportation

The following types of transportation service Cookshire-Eaton: Haut-Saint-François shared passenger transportation, shared passenger taxi services with reservations, para-transit (adapted transport services), and accompaniment services.

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By-laws

Firearms

The use of a firearm, airgun, bow and arrow, or crossbow within 150 metres of any house, building, structure, or multi-purpose trails (bike path, recreational trail) is prohibited. Within town limits, this distance is increased to a minimum of 500 meters for firearms.

Alcohol and drugs

No person is permitted to be in possession of or under the influence of alcohol or drugs in a public place.

Rural mailboxes

Mailboxes must meet the following standards:

  • Be installed in accordance with the standards set out by Canada Post
  • Not impede the right-of-way of a municipal road 

Property owners with mailboxes located at the side of a provincial road must consult the Ministry of Transport.

Notwithstanding the clauses above, the Town of Cookshire-Eaton does not require property owners to relocate mailboxes previously installed in the right-of-way. However, the Town cannot be held responsible for any damage caused by snowplows.

Disturbing the peace

Making, causing, or in any way inciting the making of noise that is likely to disturb the peace, tranquility, comfort, rest, and well-being of any resident or passerby, or that in any way prevents the peaceful use of property in the neighbourhood constitutes a nuisance and is prohibited.

Peddling or itinerant sales

As of September 2016, the Town of Cookshire-Eaton has adopted regulation 223-2016. This regulation prohibits solicitation, of a for-profit nature, on its territory.

The regulation doesn’t apply to the following:

  • The Sûreté du Québec
  • Fundraising for a school, as long as the person who solicits the funds resides within the municipality;
  • Fundraising for an association, a non-profit organisation or other, established within the municipality;
  • Any political solicitation, in the event of a municipal, provincial, federal or school board election, or referendum, that was pre-established prior to the solicitation;
  • Any solicitation to sell publications, brochures and books of religious or moral nature;
  • Any solicitation made by children on Halloween day.

To obtain the required permit the applicant must provide a document, signed by the organisation, demonstrating that the conditions outlined in the previous paragraph are respected. The permit is free of charge.   

Public spaces and parks

No person is permitted to be in a park or on school property in contravention of the times posted. The municipal council may issue a special event permit by passing a resolution to this effect. In such a case, the conditions pertaining to the event will be indicated on the permit.

Loitering in a public or private place

Loitering in a public or private place without written authorization from the property owners constitutes a nuisance and is prohibited.

Property maintenance

It constitutes a nuisance and it is prohibited for the owner of any property, whether or not there are any structures on it, to fail to maintain it in a satisfactory state of cleanliness and in such a manner as to pose a danger to the health and safety of those who live or who find themselves on it.

Noisy machines

Between 11 p.m. and 6 a.m. it constitutes a nuisance and it is prohibited to operate a lawn mower, chain saw, snow blower, or other similar equipment.

Construction work

It constitutes a nuisance and it is prohibited, between 11 p.m. and 7 a.m., to make or allow others to make noise caused by constructing, rebuilding, modifying, or repairing a building or structure, an automobile, or any other machine, or to make or allow others to make noise as a result of excavation work using any machine likely to make noise anywhere in the municipality within one hundred and fifty metres (150 m) of a dwelling.

This clause does not apply to emergency work that must be done to ensure the safety of the premises or the people located therein.

Non-operational vehicles

Leaving, storing, or abandoning on any property, one or more vehicles more than seven (7) years old, not plated for the current year, and not in a state to be driven constitutes a nuisance and is prohibited.

Garage sales

It is prohibited for any person to hold or enable others to hold a garage sale without having previously requested and obtained a garage sale permit from the municipality.

Heavy machinery

Operating or allowing others to operate heavy machinery between 11 p.m. and 6 a.m. constitutes a nuisance and is prohibited.