istered youth. This was done in conjunction with Border Hockey. He states he approached Border Hockey President, Dave Dubois, after the December council meeting and offered to meet with him to discuss the needs of the Association in order to discover whether the Town can better serve those needs, and possibly develop a plan for encouraging inscription and making hockey more affordable for more people. This conversation was confirmed by Mr. Dubois.
On the topic of Stanstead College, and in reference to the Arena Fund donation, Stone states that Stanstead College does a lot for the town in terms of employment and donating land for community functions, such as Fire Department fundraisers and free use of their soccer fields for children’s soccer. Stone states ‘The $25,000 donation was an investment by the town to a $10 million dollar project with great benefit to Stanstead. This type of contribution is no different than the town investing in helping to attract new or developing businesses.’ On the subject of the sum of $25,000 being awarded over 5 years, Stone wrote: ‘How we came up with $25,000 was we looked at what we already provided other community organizations like the Haskell Library, the Colby-curtis Museum and the Centre Action Benevol R.H. Rediker. They receive close to $5000 each every year. We feel the Arena is also one of these very important tools. The 5 year term is a standard length that we use to give tax breaks to other new incoming businesses.’ He clearly stated that Stanstead College did not request the funds from the council.
Mr. Stone stated dissatisfaction at the Journal publishing Mayor Dutil’s response to the Stanstead Journal;s question as to whether council had a cohesive plan for their priority initiatives to benefit from the expenditure of the $25,000. Mayor Dutil’s response was to state that ‘He was entering into talks with Stanstead College soon, but the nature of those talks were confidential.’ This statement was termed ‘an unfortunate use of words’ by Mr. Stone in our later conversation. Stone went on to clarify what the Mayor said versus what he felt ‘he would have been better to say...’. He stated these were his words, not the Mayor’s.
Two councillors, Michele Richard and Chris Goodsell both accused the Stanstead Journal of being critical. It should be noted no criticism was stated by either party, only questions. Later Mr. Stone approached the Stanstead Journal to, effectively; answer the questions posed to council at the meeting, and to state his disappointment that these ‘positive’ points were not in the Journal’s article of December 7th. It was pointed out to Mr. Stone that one cannot quote was has not been said.
On a final note, Mayor Dutil was contacted on Friday, December 9th by the Journal in order to offer him an opportunity to respond to comments made in the Stanstead Journal article. Other questions were also posed. The Journal’s call has not been returned by the Mayor, although Mr. Stone was very forthcoming with information pertaining to the issues addressed in the meeting of December 5th. A Special Thank you to all the Sponsors who gave generously to the
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