Tyler Park work postponed
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.