New Town Hall
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.