Stanstead Township News
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.