New Town Hall

Stanstead Journal - - FRONT PAGE - Staff, Stanstead

Stanstead is tak­ing the plunge and is ready to move from the for­mer Rock Is­land Town Hall, a disgrace in a town that boasts so of­ten of be­ing one of Que­bec’s most beau­ti­ful vil­lages. That’s what tran­spired in a care­fully worded mo­tion that al­lot­ted $1,200 for a pri­mary study on us­ing the for­mer Rock Is­land Post of­fice on Phelps Street as a new City Hall. Last week’s meet­ing, can­celled be­cause of the snow storm, was held this Mon­day in­stead.

The town may be able to af­ford the whole scheme as the town is only owed $96,633 by delin­quent tax­pay­ers, a sharp drop from last year’s $137,601 at the same date. Looks like ad­ver­tis­ing the name of those in ar­rears had the nec­es­sary ef­fect. And it low­ered its $2,500,000 credit line from Caisse Des­jardins de Stanstead to a more man­age­able mil­lion as the money was for the pre­lim­i­nary work on the Pat Burns arena and is not needed any­more.

A new town hall is not the only new thing for Stanstead: a Cor­po­ra­tion de développe­ment économique, a busi­ness de­vel­op­ment cor­po­ra­tion, will be formed in the next few weeks to help the town de­velop its busi­ness and maybe at­tract new ones. As is, but al­most in­vis­i­ble, the town is hav­ing a build­ing boom as a ques­tion from the au­di­ence can tes­tify. Some­one asked what was hap­pen­ing at Manoir Stanstead. Coun­cil­lor Guy Ouel­let, who was named pro-mayor for the next three months on Mon­day, an­swered that even though the pro­moter has asked the con­struc­tion work­ers to park in front, they were con­tin­u­ing to park at the back. And also in the back is the Pat Burns Arena where the pipe sys­tem for the ice is be­ing in­stalled right now.

The Cul­tural Cen­tre has been as­sured of the col­lab­o­ra­tion of the town for a grant re­quest to the Pacte Ru­ral.

The town is send­ing a letter to all con­cerned con­demn­ing as strongly as it can the sav­age clos­ing of the White House. On this, an em­ployee told the Stanstead Jour­nal that the owner was do­ing ev­ery­thing to avoid bank­ruptcy, af­ter ex­puls­ing the se­niors from the White House he wants to keep his other prop­er­ties…

And the Fluet pro­ject is back on track. Cit­i­zens are wel­come to hear the new pro­posal on March 29th at 6:30.

photo Stanstead Jour­nal

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