Duf­ferin Hill Side­walk next

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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.

Photo Stanstead Jour­nal

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.

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