Town Council Meeting
Mondaynight’s Town Council meeting was low key this month, as only 5 citizens were in attendance and the meeting was adjourned by 8:30 PM. The council addressed Stanstead’s increasingly pressing need to purchase a new Public Works truck. The current truck, a Topkick, has been costing the municipality a great deal of money in repairs over the past couple of years, with the problems only worsening. According to Mayor Dutil, the box of our current truck is rotten and the vehicle needs servicing far too frequently. The town will be seeking quotes for a replacement 10 wheeler truck, which will be capable of ploughing, hauling dirt and tar, and will basically offer full functionality for the town’s current needs.
The Town meeting did not address the issue of the ladder truck which has been on loan to Stanstead for the last couple of months. Because the council did not agree to buy the truck, there was no resolution required to decline purchasing the truck. The council had advised the Fire Department last week of their decision not to purchase a new fire truck at this time. Council members have stated that the town intends to keep the dialogue with the Fire Chief open in regards to the future possibility of a new ladder truck, but with a mind to map out a financial plan focusing on budgeting for all future equipment replacement requirements.
David Dubois of Border Minor Hockey was present at the meeting and, after asking some questions concerning the arena, voiced his disappointment that no office space was provided for the BMH at the Arena. Also noted was the fact that some people are allowing their dogs to defecate on the soccer field without cleaning up after their pets. Need the obvious be stated? We are supposed to be a civilized society, after all. Perhaps local residents can place a box of plastic ‘doggy bags’ on site at the field with a highly-visible, posted invitation to all dogwalkers to help themselves to a bag in order to clean up after their pet.