Stanstead Town­ship News

Stanstead Journal - - FROM PAGE ONE - Vic­to­ria Vanier

The Mu­nic­i­pal­ity of Stanstead Town­ship has hired a new build­ing and en­vi­ron­ment in­spec­tor, Marc Blain, who is now on a six-month pro­ba­tion­ary pe­riod, as is usual when towns hire in­spec­tors. “The coun­cil is re­ally pleased with our new in­spec­tor who is a fast learner and has al­ready closed up a lot of files,” said Gen­eral Di­rec­tor, Kim­ball Smith.

In May, the coun­cil voted to give $10,000 for the Pat Burns Arena. The money will be paid over five years at $2000 per year. “It’s a pro­ject that we sup­port and we be­lieve it is an im­por­tant pro­ject for the com­mu­nity,” said Mr. Smith. A man­date was given to fire chief Alex Ber­nais to start the pro­ce­dures to pur­chase a new tanker truck which should cost around $200,000. The Stanstead Town­ship fire depart­ment has mu­tual aid agree­ments with Stanstead and Ayer’s Cliff and also cov­ers part of the Og­den ter­ri­tory and part of Ma­gog ter­ri­tory. A com­mit­tee was formed to look at the op­tions for the Com­mu­nity Cen­tre. Re­ports show that the build­ing needs a lot of work and the com­mit­tee will give its rec­om­men­da­tions at the July meet­ing. The big­gest prob­lem is that a roof was built on top of the old roof but with­out proper ven­ti­la­tion, caus­ing the struc­ture to weaken.

At the June meet­ing, win­ter road con­tracts for three years were given for three sec­tors with Mr. Roy, from Ayer’s Cliff, be­ing cho­sen for two sec­tors while Chris Hatch was cho­sen for the other sec­tor. These con­trac­tors both held the pre­vi­ous con­tracts. The coun­cil also passed a res­o­lu­tion which was sent to lo­cal deputies and the French lan­guage school board to keep the kinder­garten class open at St. Barthélemy school in Ayer’s Cliff.

“We have ten fire­men who took part in the ‘live burn’ in Stanstead a few weeks ago and they found it to be a use­ful train­ing ex­er­cise. To show our ap­pre­ci­a­tion we sent a do­na­tion of $250 to the Stanstead fire depart­ment. I think that neigh­bour­ing towns should do more ac­tiv­i­ties like that,” con­cluded Mr. Smith.

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