No tax hike in Stanstead Town­ship

Stanstead Journal - - NEWS BRIEFS - Vic­to­ria Vanier Stanstead town­ship

Stanstead Town­ship is in good fi­nan­cial shape with a sur­plus of more than $400,000. The mill rate for prop­erty own­ers in Stanstead Town­ship is stay­ing the same at .3133 per $100, ac­cord­ing to the mu­nic­i­pal­ity’s new Gen­eral Di­rec­tor, Josianne Hudon. Ms. Hudon has been Stanstead Town­ship’s di­rec­tor since Oc­to­ber of last year, re­plac­ing pre­vi­ous di­rec­tor Kim­ball Smith who took a po­si­tion with the Mu­nic­i­pal­ity of Or­ford Town­ship.

The ser­vice fee per house­hold for the three house­hold waste col­lec­tions com­bined went down slightly from $232, in 2011, to $227. Sev­eral cit­i­zens at­tended Jan­uary’s coun­cil meet­ing with ques­tions about the fre­quency of garbage pick-up which has been de­creased to once ev­ery four weeks, as it is in many other mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties. “We re­ally want to re­duce the amount of garbage we send to the land­fill,” ex­plained Ms. Hudon.

The mu­nic­i­pal­ity’s com­mu­nity cen­tre, La Four­m­i­liere, had to be closed for the win­ter. “We had to close it for se­cu­rity rea­sons – we weren’t sure if the roof could sup­port the snow,” said the di­rec­tor. “The cit­i­zens un­der­stand the decision, they can see how pre­car­i­ous the roof is, and we al­low the as­so­ci­a­tion to hold their meet­ings at the Town Hall,” she added. The coun­cil is study­ing whether to de­mol­ish the ag­ing cen­tre, pre­vi­ously an el­e­men­tary school, and re­build or ren­o­vate the ex­ist­ing build­ing.

The mu­nic­i­pal­ity is plan­ning to buy a firetruck this year in or­der to con­form to the risk man­age­ment scheme. Ms. Hudon also spoke about more train­ing for fire­fight­ers.

Some res­i­dents in Stanstead Town­ship have ap­plied to the Que­bec gov­ern­ment for grants to help pay for dam­ages to their prop­er­ties caused last spring at the time of Hur­ri­cane Irene. “Res­i­dents must ap­ply for the grants them­selves but if they con­tact the mu­nic­i­pal­ity, we can show them how,” said the di­rec­tor. There is also a link on the mu­nic­i­pal­ity’s web­site to the gov­ern­ment pro­gram. Stanstead Town­ship has also ap­plied for a gov­ern­ment grant to help pay for the dam­ages caused last spring but has not yet re­ceived one.

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