Baie-D’Urfé makes controversial decision to buy land on Lakeshore Road

WATCH ABOVE: A controversial decision passed by Baie-D'Urfé council to buy land as an access point to the waterfront is causing a stir. As Global's Tim Sargeant reports, some councilors argue the land could have been purchased for much less.

The West Island town of Baie-D’Urfé has purchased 3,982 square metres of property on Lakeshore Road for $1.45 million.

But it was not a decision without its opponents as Mayor Maria Tutino had to break a 3-3 vote for the purchase offer to proceed on Wednesday.

Tutino argued the land was purchased to create a new public access point to Lake Saint-Louis and to secure continued use of drainage pipes for water runoff.

“It was a no-brainer for the town of Baie-D’Urfé,” Tutino told Global News. “Or at least for some councillors of the town of Baie-D’Urfé.”

But some councillors argued a nearby piece of property is already owned by the town, so it never needed to make the purchase.

And some say the town overpaid, arguing that a neighbour was considering to buy the land and he could have saved the town a lot of money.

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“Several directors of the town knew of the offer of the neighbour, but council never received that information,” Coun. Brian Manning told Global News.

The town purchased the property for less than the municipal valuation but still hasn’t decided what to do with the land.