Stanstead Council News
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.