Stanstead Coun­cil News

Stanstead Journal - - FROM PAGE ONE - Made­line Mul­hol­land Stanstead

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.

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