Change com­ing to Len­noxville

Stanstead Journal - - FORUM - Vic­to­ria Vanier Len­noxville

Changes are com­ing to the Bor­ough of Len­noxville, some of the main ones be­ing the ex­tend­ing of high­way 410, which be­gan last year on the site of the Her­ring Farm, and a lot of new con­struc­tion in the down­town sec­tor.

“That part of the 410 con­struc­tion that was be­gun on Queen Street should be in op­er­a­tion by Christ­mas of this year,” said Len­noxville Bor­ough pres­i­dent, David Price. The next two years will see the com­ple­tion of the sec­tion of the 410 be­tween Len­noxville and the Univer­sity of Sher­brooke while the sec­tion to Bishop’s Univer­sity will be done in 2014.

A round­about is to be built on the top of the hill at the Her­ring Farm, bring­ing the to­tal of new round­abouts in that area to three when you in­clude the round­about to be built be­tween the Wera Farm and the Beaulieu Farm, in Water­ville, and the one to be built near the Agri­cul­tural Re­search Cen­tre on the 108.

“We have a lot of new con­struc­tion com­ing along. The Korvette site is all cleaned up now and the own­ers will be­gin build­ing as soon as the frost is out of the ground,” said Mr. Price. The com­mer­cial build­ing down­town where the drug store is lo­cated, on the south side of Queen Street, will be ex­panded and will con­tain fif­teen apart­ments along with un­der­ground park­ing. Two old build­ings along Sa­muel-Gratham will be de­mol­ished to make room for that con­struc­tion. A few more sin­gle fam­ily dwellings will be built in the res­i­den­tial area as well as some new stu­dent res­i­dences in the stu­dent vil­lage.

“Bishop’s en­rol­ment is up again this year so more stu­dents will be look­ing for apart­ments,” ex­plained the Bor­ough pres­i­dent.

“There is a great pro­ject start­ing on Queen Street, a ‘green­ing’ pro­ject. This is the first year of this three-year pro­ject and the mu­nic­i­pal­ity is in­vest­ing $150,000 a year,” said Mr. Price. In­di­vid­u­als and com­mer­cial es­tab­lish­ments will also be in­vest­ing in this down­town beau­ti­fi­ca­tion pro­ject. “We’ll be push­ing more walk­ing and cy­cling in the down­town area. In the long term plan­ning, af­ter the 410 is com­pleted, we want the Bor­ough to be much more pedes­trian and cy­cle friendly.”

Other projects this year in­clude

changes to the wa­ter sys­tem on St. Fran­cis Street where wa­ter pres­sure is a prob­lem. Now be­ing served by the Bor­ough’s wells, homes in that area may need to be switched onto the Sher­brooke wa­ter sys­tem. “We’ll be meet­ing with the cit­i­zens to dis­cuss that.”

Look­ing back on 2010, Mr. Price com­mented: “We went through a dif­fi­cult year in tight­en­ing the bud­get by 3%. It was quite a chal­lenge; we did it with­out cut­ting ser­vices. All the plans that the City of Sher­brooke had of bury­ing wires in dif­fer­ent sec­tors have been put back for at least ten years, ac­cord­ing to Mr. Price.

Dur­ing the Len­noxville Bor­ough’s coun­cil meet­ing of Jan­uary 24th, the fol­low­ing fi­nan­cial as­sis­tance agree­ments were adopted: $53,600 for the Len­noxville Li­brary; $10,500 for the Len­noxville-As­cot His­tor­i­cal and Mu­seum So­ci­ety; $2,550 for the Len­noxville Curl­ing Club; and $310 for the Len­noxville Golden Age Club.

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