Stanstead Council News
On Monday, November 7th Stanstead held it’s monthly municipal council meeting. In addition to the regular fare of monthly business was the adoption of a resolution to utilize the services and expertise of the OEDC, or the l’observatoire estrien du développement des communautés. Through this resolution the council invites the OEDC to lead a public consultation exploring the development potential of the city by inviting local stakeholders to identify the strengths and vulnerabilities of the town and region in which it resides. The timeframe for public consultations has not yet been established, but it comes in conjunction with the town’s imminent employment of a development officer. Although Stanstead had a development officer in 2002 through 2004, there seemed to be no resultant lasting benefit. Perhaps having learned from past mistakes, the town is now reaching out for assistance in establishing a more comprehensive and sys- tematic approach to development. Through this process the council hopes to establish an approach to development that incorporates the insights and perspectives of the residents of Stanstead. Parties interested in knowing more about the OEDC can visit their website at www.oedc.qc.ca. Stanstead municipal council also adopted a new ethics policy for elected officials in response to new provincial legislation requiring all municipalities reform their code of ethics policies to meet new, provincially legislated standards. The by-laws must institute the new code of ethics mandated by the provincial government. These by laws are to be adopted and registered with the government no later than December 2, 2011. Hence the town had no choice but to adopt the by law at Monday night’s meeting. In English the act is known as the Municipal Ethics and Good Conduct Act. The street leading to the Pat Burns Arena is now officially ‘opened’ and an official request has been made to the Quebec government’s commission de toponomie to officially register the street as named. This has little impact on residents, as the street sign bearing the name has been up for some time, and the street did not officially bear another name prior to the change, hence no addresses have been changed as a result.