Og­den News

Stanstead Journal - - FROM PAGE ONE - Vic­to­ria Vanier

There were many cit­i­zens at Og­den’s last coun­cil meet­ing. “The is­sue most dis­cussed was the con­di­tion of sev­eral build­ings in Tomi­fo­bia,” said Og­den mayor Joe Stairs. There are a few ne­glected build­ings in that area, such as the old church, and oth­ers with sheds and bal­conies in a state of dis­re­pair. “I told the cit­i­zens that it is some­thing we will look into. We’ll look at all the build­ings in Tomi­fo­bia and how they de­tract from the over­all en­vi­ron­ment and then Coun­cil will de­cide how to ap­proach it. You have to give this kind of thing se­ri­ous con­sid­er­a­tion and talk to the peo­ple in­volved,” ex­plained the mayor.

The con­struc­tion of the large gazebo-type build­ing at Weir Park has be­gun. “The con­crete base has been poured and the rest will be built within the next two or three weeks,” men­tioned Mr. Stairs. It will be ready for this sum­mer’s out­door events at Weir Park. The re­vi­tal­iza­tion work that was to be done on the shore­line has not started yet; the wa­ter level is too high.

When asked how Mr. Stairs and his wife, Nancy Lay­ton, felt about the last fed­eral elec­tion, Mr. Stairs replied: “The whole fam­ily was thrilled. I wore my orange shirt to the MRC meet­ing af­ter the elec­tion and, al­though those meet­ings are usu­ally calm, peo­ple were shout­ing ‘Jack, Jack!’” Nancy Lay­ton trav­elled ex­ten­sively with Jack Lay­ton, her brother, dur­ing his suc­cess­ful cam­paign. Dunn Prop­erty News The com­mit­tee work­ing on the es­tab­lish­ment of the park on the land that was do­nated by the late Michael Dunn re­cently re­ceived news from the en­vi­ron­ment min­istry. “The min­istry of the en­vi­ron­ment an­nounced that it will be a pro­tected site, a Re­serve de bio­di­ver­sité, and that they would put up a few signs and the rest would be up to us,” com­mented Mr. Stairs, who is on that com­mit­tee, dis­ap­point­edly. “We replied to the min­istry that we had hoped to get a lit­tle more help than that to get it set up. Pierre Reid is sup­port­ing us.” Funds will be needed to pro­tect the area’s di­verse ecosys­tem, build trails, put up ad­di­tional sig­nage and to pa­trol the park.

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