Stanstead Coun­cil News

Stanstead Journal - - FROM PAGE ONE - Vic­to­ria Vanier Stanstead

Der­byLine is plan­ning to put some wind tur­bines up near the bor­der which has some res­i­dents on this side of the bor­der con­cerned. There will be an open meet­ing tonight at the Stanstead Town Hall, put on by the pro­moter of the project, En­core De­vel­op­ment, so peo­ple can air their con­cerns and find out more.

Ben Kramer got a favourable re­ply from the mayor when he asked the town to pre­pare the base­ball grounds for the up­com­ing fundrais­ing tour­na­ment in May.

Sev­eral res­i­dents at the meet­ing expressed their con­cern over the fact that ex­tra­or­di­nary meet­ings are not well ad­ver­tised, ask­ing coun­cil to post the meet­ings on the out­side bul­letin board. Ac­cord­ing to the town’s Gen­eral Di­rec­tor, Guil­laume Labbé, they are presently only posted on the in­te­rior bul­letin board and on the town’s web­site. “We

will prob­a­bly post the meet­ings out­side in the fu­ture just to make it eas­ier for peo­ple, but some­times the de­lays are short. The min­i­mum amount of time is 24 hours to no­tify the pop­u­la­tion,” said Mr. Labbé.

The con­tro­ver­sial pos­si­ble move of the Town Hall to Phelps Street was raised. When res­i­dent Frances Bo­nen­fant asked mayor Du­til why he an­swered “No” at the bud­get meet­ing in De­cem­ber to the ques­tion of whether there was any money set aside in the bud­get for a move or for ren­o­va­tion work to the ex­ist­ing town hall, only to com­ment at a later meet­ing that the decision would be based on the amount of the sur­plus, a heated dis­cus­sion took place.

The town is look­ing into the pos­si­bil­ity of hav­ing a ho­tel or mo­tel built on the site of the Im­pe­rial Mo­tel. “We had a study pro­duced last year to eval­u­ate the pos­si­bil­ity of a ho­tel and it was pos­i­tive. We are now talk­ing with pro­mot­ers. Petro-t does not run ho­tels but it will prob­a­bly sell part of their land for the build­ing of one. We think it’s a great way to pro­mote the town and keep vis­i­tors here longer. We al­ready have great B & B’s but it’s not ex­actly the same clien­tele that would use a mo­tel,” said the Gen­eral Di­rec­tor.

Mayor Philippe Du­til (left) and Di­rec­tor Gen­eral Guil­laume Labbé at last Mon­day’s meet­ing.

Paul Stu­art is the new pro-mayor of Stanstead.

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