Cit­i­zen wants trans­parency

Stanstead Journal - - NEWS BRIEFS -

Asa cit­i­zen mind­ful of my civic du­ties, I make an ef­fort to at­tend all coun­cil meet­ings. I per­son­ally find the at­ti­tude of our elected of­fi­cials dis­turb­ing. While a num­ber of cit­i­zens keep ask­ing our coun­cil to be trans­par­ent our pleas con­tinue to be ig­nored. A case in point is the last coun­cil meet­ing of March 15th. Ap­par­ently, no­tice was given to the pop­u­la­tion ap­prox­i­mately one hour be­fore said meet­ing and this no­tice was pub­lished on the town’s web page. Ac­cord­ing to La Loi des Cités et Ville, coun­cil­lors must re­ceive 24 hours no­tice be­fore the time of such meet­ings. Fur­ther­more, does the coun­cil ac­tu­ally be­lieve that all cit­i­zens have ac­cess to the in­ter­net, and that fur­ther­more, they check this web page on an hourly ba­sis? The sum­mary pub­lished on Mon­day stated that the meet­ing of March 15th was an or­di­nary meet­ing. Ex­cuse me? The dates of “or­di­nary” meet­ings was pub­lished in this Jour­nal on Jan­uary 11th, 2012 and March 15th is not in­cluded on that list. Since this was clearly an ex­tra­or­di­nary” meet­ing, the men­tion that it was held at the usual time (again, the usual time for or­di­nary meet­ings is 7pm and not 6:30 pm. Since said meet­ing lasted all of 3 min­utes (!) and con­cerned the hir­ing of a city in­spec­tor, why all the se­crecy? The men­tion that there were 0 peo­ple in at­ten­dance should sur­prise no one, since no one knew about it. There is also no men­tion of when our new build­ing in­spec­tor will be start­ing, nor do we know the con­di­tions of the em­ploy­ment agree­ment. This is our tax dol­lars at work. When coun­cil acts sur­prised at its cit­i­zens outrage, maybe they should ask

This­them­selves why they per­sist in their need to be se­cre­tive. What is there to hide? As a con­cerned cit­i­zen, I con­tinue to feel a cer­tain dis­dain on the part of the coun­cil ver­sus the pop­u­la­tion that elected them. If you can­not re­mem­ber to be cour­te­ous to us, we will be sure to re­mem­ber that when the next elec­tion comes around.

Frances Bo­nen­fant

dam built by beavers on Vi­vian road in Stanstead East seems to have been much quicker and eas­ier to plan, get sup­plies for and build than our crews work­ing on fin­ish­ing the bridges we have. Maybe we should leave it up to the beavers to make our bridges.

Ernes­tine Whip­ple

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