Dufferin Hill Sidewalk next
There were no questions at the first question period at last Monday’s monthly Stanstead council meeting.
Things heated up later, mostly from questions by Councillor Michèle Richard, who was elected pro-mayor for the next three months.
First, she opposed the proposal that the town accept the Stanstead College offer of having a half page in the Souvenir program of the Pat Burns Arena for the price of a quarter page, in fact proposing that in this prestige publication the town pay its own way. That was rejected by council, so the town will get its half page at the price of a smaller quarter page ad.
She next asked pointed questions on the sidewalk construction being done by the municipality on Dufferin Street, her questioning centering on the fact that council had decided, last year, to prioritize the Rock Island sector of Stanstead, especially the Dufferin hill part.
She learned from the town manager that around $31,000 was still available from this year’s paving budget and that a quote had been obtained to redo the sidewalk from Riverside down to Notre-Dame at a cost of $16,000 leaving $15,000 for the necessary barriers that need to be put in place there.
“Since this is an expenditure under twenty-five thousands dollars, could we go to private tenders from local businesses for the barriers and get some work done in Stanstead?” she asked.
It took a couple of minutes to drive the point home as, finally, the mayor said that Mr. Labbé would contact the two local enterprises who can do this work early Wednesday morning.
We had to leave at this point, not knowing what Mrs. Richard wanted to raise as a varia point on the agenda - she mentionned the ‘Mairie’. We can only guess that she was referring to Stanstead’s project to relocate City hall.
Pro-Mayor, Michèle Richard (right) asking town manager Guillaume Labbé why the budget for the Dufferin section was not on the agenda, with mayor Phillipe Dutil at left.