Con­struc­tion to pro­ceed

Stanstead Journal - - FORUM -

In a fol­low up to an ear­lier ar­ti­cle in the Stanstead Jour­nal con­cern­ing the Pat Burns Arena’s ac­ces­si­bil­ity to peo­ple who are hand­i­capped, ac­cord­ing to the Régie du bâ­ti­ment du Québec, it is not un­law­ful to re­strict the ac­cess of peo­ple with hand­i­caps to the first floor of a public build­ing in Que­bec. The Mayor as­sured the public at Mon­day’s meet­ing that the arena, as it is cur­rently built, con­forms to ac­ces­si­bil­ity laws, de­spite its lack of hand­i­cap ac­ces­si­ble doors to the arena proper, and ac­cess to the viewing area, res­tau­rant and ser­vices on the sec­ond floor. The only avail­able seat­ing in the arena for wheel­chairs is on a stair land­ing at one end of the rink, where the view is limited. The fact that in the case of a fire these wheel­chairs would lie be­tween ex­it­ing spec­ta­tors and the main en­trance does not seem a mat­ter of con­cern to the Régie, although they hinted that hand­i­capped cit­i­zens may sue the town of Stanstead or the ad­min­is­tra­tors of the arena for ‘lack of ac­cess’ the gov­ern­ment deems ac­cept­able, as past cases have been fought and won in Canada’s Supreme Court.

The Town of Stanstead pe­ti­tioned the Min­is­ter of Mu­nic­i­pal Af­fairs for au­tho­riza­tion to pro­ceed with two con­tracts per­tain­ing to the Pat Burns Arena. The first was the right for the Pat Burns Arena, owned by the Town, to oc­cupy land owned by Stanstead Col­lege. The sec­ond con­tract in­volves the man­age­ment of the mu­nic­i­pally owned arena to be han­dled by Stanstead Col­lege. The Min­istère des Af­faires Mu­nic­i­pales, des Ré­gions et de l’amé­nage­ment du Ter­ri­toire (MAMROT) has granted au­tho­riza­tion for both con­tracts.

In other busi­ness, the Town has hired two new main­te­nance em­ploy­ees, one full and one part time. The plans for the con­struc­tion of two new four­plexes to be built off Junc­tion Street in Beebe will pro­ceed and coun­cil­lor Michelle Richard asked the public not only to get in­volved with the Cul­tural Cen­ter, but to make do­na­tions if pos­si­ble. The coun­cil also ap­proved $46,000 in do­na­tions to var­i­ous lo­cal ini­tia­tives and char­i­ties, in­clud­ing chil­dren’s sports, such as soc­cer and hockey. The list of re­cip­i­ents was de­tailed in the 2012 bud­get passed at De­cem­ber’s mu­nic­i­pal meet­ing. The list of do­na­tions will be posted on the mu­nic­i­pal web­site, ac­cord­ing to Guil­laume Labbé.

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