Tyler Park work post­poned

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the afore­men­tioned sign and about 150 me­ters later the one for a 50km/h zone.

It was not the only great mo­ment of con­fu­sion cour­tesy of the Que­bec gov­ern­ment at last Mon­day’s meet­ing. To ob­tain a grant in a cou­ple of years, the town will have to re­duce its water con­sump­tion by 20%. A noble ob­jec­tive if there is one. The for­mer Min­istry of Mu­nic­i­pal Af­fairs, now the Min­istry of Mu­nic­i­pal af­fairs, re­gions and ter­ri­to­rial oc­cu­pa­tion, has a 136 page guide on the sub­ject. The min­istry, now known as MAM­ROT, was for­mally MAM­SEL, which pro­nounced it­self as M’am­sel, the ab­bre­vi­a­tion of Made­moi­selle; we will let our English read­ers de­cide how to pro­nounce it. It must be the only de­part­ment in Amer­ica to have trade­marked one of its pro­grams: Fonds mu­nic­i­pal vertTM. The ques­tion raised at the meet­ing was the ref­er­ence date. Coun­cil­lor Roger Du­mouchel was able to find the guide on the min­istry web site but had to ad­mit that he had only pe­rused it. At is­sue is this: if the ref­er­ence date is 2002 as some ar­gue rather than 2011, then noth­ing can be done. But if the ref­er­ence date is 2011, while ab­surd and id­i­otic, it would help the town if ev­ery­one left the faucet open all day long, as a spike in con­sump­tion this year would im­prove the over­all per­for­mance of the town in achiev­ing a 20% drop in water us­age.

Af­ter these sub­jects, the rest of the evening was un­event­ful. The town re­fused to give a grant to a drag car con­test, coun­cil­lor France CoulombeGood­sell tak­ing the time to ex­plain that the town has a noise nui­sance reg­u­la­tion on hand. Work on Tyler Park is post­poned, the only bid pre­sented far ex­ceed­ing the es­ti­mate. And fi­nally, Ayer’s Cliff had to jus­tify to Stanstead East, the ex­tra­or­di­nary re­sponse time for a fire re­sult­ing from the sim­ple fact that the fire­fight­ers were in train­ing at the sta­tion.

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