Mu­nic­i­pal Elec­tions 2017: Cook­shireeaton

Sherbrooke Record - - FRONT PAGE - By Gor­don Lam­bie

It’s a three way race for mayor in Cook­shire-ea­ton. With out­go­ing Mayor Noël Landry not seek­ing re­elec­tion, Lo­cal vot­ers need to make a choice be­tween cur­rent mu­nic­i­pal coun­cilors Sylvie La­pointe and Yvon Roy, or res­i­dent Marc Tur­cotte, who is try­ing again for the po­si­tion af­ter hav­ing lost in 2013.

Al­though he comes to the ta­ble without any po­lit­i­cal ex­pe­ri­ence, Tur­cotte pointed to his 20 years as an ur­ban plan­ner in the re­gion as a ma­jor as­set in a mayor, both be­cause of the value of his ex­per­tise and his fa­mil­iar­ity with neigh­bour­ing mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties and the MRC. He added that he sees him­self as com­mu­nity-ori­ented and able to work with oth­ers col­lab­o­ra­tively to get a job done.

Roy ar­gued that, hav­ing served on coun­cil for eight years af­ter be­ing ac­claimed to his po­si­tion, he knows how

On Satur­day Oct. 21 the North Hat­ley-can­ton Hat­ley Fire De­part­ment gath­ered to present some very well de­served awards.

The Fire Ser­vices Ex­em­plary Ser­vice Medal hon­ours mem­bers of a rec­og­nized Cana­dian fire ser­vice who have com­pleted 20 years of ser­vice, ten years of which have been served in the per­for­mance of du­ties in­volv­ing po­ten­tial risks.

Rec­og­nized fire ser­vices in­clude Cana­dian fire de­part­ments, fire mar­shals’ of­fices, fire com­mis­sion­ers’ of­fices and the Cana­dian Forces fire ser­vices. Ex­em­plary ser­vice is char­ac­ter­ized by good con­duct, in­dus­try and ef­fi­ciency.

Eight fire­fight­ers were awarded the Gover­nor Gen­eral's Fire Ser­vices Ex­em­plary Ser­vice Medal. Six from among them were awarded the twenty year medal, one thirty year medal, and one forty year medal.

Mayor Michael Page was the mas­ter of cer­e­monies dur­ing the pre­sen­ta­tion held on Satur­day at the North Hat­ley com­mu­nity cen­ter and was as­sisited by North Hat­ley coun­cil­lor Mar­cella Gher­ish and Hat­ley Town­ship coun­cil­lor Pat Clow­ery. In at­ten­dance were over eighty mem­bers of the com­mu­nity, friends and fam­ily. Con­grat­u­la­tions gen­tle­men!

things work in the mu­nic­i­pal­ity and can be trusted to do them well. The can­di­date said that he is well known in the com­mu­nity as a hon­est, re­spon­si­ble leader with ex­cel­lent fore­sight about the needs of the com­mu­nity.

La­pointe has been a mem­ber of Cook­shire-ea­ton’s mu­nic­i­pal coun­cil for the last four years and said that she’s caught the po­lit­i­cal bug. More than that, though, she said that she’s a Cook­shire res­i­dent born-and-raised and has en­gaged in vol­un­teer­ing in the com­mu­nity for her en­tire life. Be­com­ing Mayor, she added, would just be the nat­u­ral con­tin­u­a­tion of that en­gage­ment.

Asked about the main is­sues fac­ing the mu­nic­i­pal­ity, La­pointe said that the number one con­cern she has heard about go­ing door-to-door has been taxes. While stat­ing that she doesn’t think a tax freeze is fea­si­ble, the can­di­date com­mit­ted to keep­ing the tax rate as low as pos­si­ble. Aside from that is­sue, she pointed to the need to make sure that the lo­cal fire sta­tions are ad­e­quate to meet the needs of the fire risk man­age­ment plan and to the im­por­tance of con­tin­u­ing planned hous­ing projects in the Sawyerville and Johnville ar­eas.

Tur­cotte out­lined a four point plan fo­cused on ac­count­abil­ity and clear com­mu­ni­ca­tion. The ur­ban plan­ner said that he wants to see Cook­shire-ea­ton shift to an ap­proach of only spend­ing the money it has on hand through a more strict man­age­ment of the mu­nic­i­pal bud­get. At the same time he wants to im­prove com­mu­ni­ca­tion be­tween the mu­nic­i­pal­ity and its res­i­dents with more pub­lic con­sul­ta­tions and bet­ter pub­lic no­ti­fi­ca­tion of de­ci­sions made, as well as in­creased ac­count­abil­ity for mu­nic­i­pal em­ploy­ees. He made par­tic­u­lar men­tion of try­ing to im­prove the sense of be­long­ing felt by lo­cal English-speak­ing res­i­dents.

Roy ex­pressed an in­ter­est in work­ing on all as­pects of the com­mu­nity, with a pri­or­ity placed on pub­lic se­cu­rity and the con­struc­tion of af­ford­able hous­ing in the com­mu­nity. The can­di­date said that Cook­shire-ea­ton has a number of ma­jor projects in process at this point that need to be seen though to the end in­clud­ing fire sta­tion and com­mu­nity cen­ter work in Johnville and Sawyerville. He also ex­pressed an over­all in­ter­est in im­prov­ing pedes­trian safety in the mu­nic­i­pal­ity, par­tic­u­larly around lo­cal schools.

Roy said that he sees good things for the com­mu­nity in con­tin­u­ing to sup­port the brew­ery project that is al­ready un­der­way, and added that in the fu­ture he would like to see the com­mu­nity gar­den project that has been im­ple­mented in Sawyerville ex­pand to other parts of the mu­nic­i­pal­ity. He said that there is room for fur­ther cul­tural de­vel­op­ment in the area, and said that he strongly sup­ports the idea of com­bin­ing the mu­nic­i­pal­ity’s French and English ele­men­tary schools into one mixed en­vi­ron­ment with shared re­sources.

La­pointe said that she looks for­ward to work­ing with a team of coun­cilors to build a har­mo­nious and bal­anced com­mu­nity in Cook­shire-ea­ton.

Tur­cotte chose to frame his dreams for the fu­ture of Cook­shire-ea­ton as “strate­gic vi­sions.” Chief among these he listed the de­sire to see the mu­nic­i­pal­ity’s tax rate ei­ther de­crease or sta­bi­lize in the first years of his man­date as mayor. He said that Cook­shire’s tax rate is sig­nif­i­cantly higher than those of neigh­bour­ing com­mu­ni­ties and said that he wants to sub­si­dize new com­mer­cial and res­i­den­tial de­vel­op­ment in the com­mu­nity to help lower the im­pacts of that rate on peo­ples’ de­sire to move to town.

As for the rest of the coun­cil, New­com­ers Louise Gos­selin and Marcel Char­p­en­tier have been ac­claimed in dis­tricts one (Roy’s for­mer seat) and four, re­spec­tively. In District two, the Johnville area, Mario Gen­dron is look­ing to un­seat in­cum­bent Yvan Trem­blay. Alain Coulombe is run­ning in district three, the west­ern half of Cook­shire proper, against Roger Thibault. District five, run­ning north from Sawyerville, seems to be the com­mu­nity’s hot seat, with Michael Cole­man and Danielle Trem­blay both vy­ing for the coun­cilor seat against Pete Lachance. District six, La­pointe’s for­mer seat on the east­ern half of Cook­shire, has to choose be­tween Ghys­lain Chau­veau and Michel Mercier.

ADAM MCKENNA

Pic­tured here hold­ing their re­spec­tive medals, left to right are,gary Smith 40 years; Wade Morse 20 years; Mike Mckenna 20 years; Ross Drew 20 years; Grant Morse 20 years; Mike Mukit­trick 20 years; and Stephen Piercy 30 years; Dany Mckelvey 20 years was ab­sent.

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Yvon Roy

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Marc Tur­cotte

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Sylvie La­pointe

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