Stanstead loses its Town Clerk

Stanstead Journal - - FRONT PAGE - Vic­to­ria Vanier Stanstead

Stanstead’sTown Clerk, Ed­win John Sul­li­van, handed in his res­ig­na­tion yes­ter­day morn­ing. He will be work­ing for the town un­til June 1st, hav­ing ac­cepted a po­si­tion to work as the town clerk of Lac Brome, a po­si­tion that he will oc­cupy on June 4th.

“I have good re­la­tion­ships with the coun­cil, the mayor and the gen­eral man­ager here; it’s cer­tainly not per­sonal but strictly a pro­fes­sional decision. I’m a fa­ther of four and there is bet­ter op­por­tu­nity in LacBrome. Most small towns of be­tween five and six hun­dred peo­ple have one po­si­tion to cover that of di­rec­tor gen­eral, clerk and trea­surer. This town is a lit­tle big­ger but I’m not sure why there are three po­si­tions here. There is very lit­tle chance for ad­vance­ment but it was never a se­cret that I was look­ing for other op­por­tu­ni­ties,” ex­plained Mr. Sul­li­van.

Mr. Sul­li­van is pleased that in Lac-brome he will strictly do town clerk work. “Here, be­cause it is a smaller town, there is more of a need for the Clerk to carry out ex­tra­ne­ous ac­tiv­i­ties like pre­par­ing the mu­nic­i­pal bul­letin. Some of those ac­tiv­i­ties just weren’t in­ter­est­ing to me ei­ther per­son­ally or pro­fes­sion­ally.”

Ac­cord­ing to Mr. Sul­li­van, there seems to be a short­age of per­son­nel to fill high-level jobs

Strong­ly­con­cerned by the de­vel­op­ment of a wind farm a stone’s throw from the Canada-u.s. bor­der in Stanstead, New Demo­crat MP Jean Rousseau (Comp­ton– Stanstead) rose in the House of Com­mons this af­ter­noon to call on the gov­ern­ment to take im­me­di­ate ac­tion. Rousseau held sev­eral meet­ings on this is­sue in the last few weeks. In ad­di­tion to cit­i­zens and lo­cal of­fi­cials, the MP spoke with Se­na­tor Joe Ben­ning, who also op­posed the project in its cur­rent form. Ac­cord­ing to the ini­tial plans, a wind tur­bine will be built less than 250 me­tres from Que­bec res­i­dences, an un­ac­cept­able dis­tance for the tran­quil­ity of cit­i­zens. “What is the gov­ern­ment go­ing to do to en­sure that my cit­i­zens are con­sulted in the de­vel­op­ment of this type of projects,” de­manded Rousseau in ques­tion pe­riod to­day. Trans­port Min­is­ter Denis Lebel to­tally copped-out, pre­tend­ing not to know what the MP was talk­ing about. “How can the min­is­ter feign ig­no­rance on this project?,” said Jean Rousseau. “Once again, the Con­ser­va­tives are shirk­ing their re­spon­si­bil­i­ties and turn­ing their backs on cit­i­zens.” Rousseau in­tends to con­tinue his work on the ground in the com­ing weeks to en­sure that the voice of his con­stituents is heard on this is­sue.

ChadFar­rell, the founder of En­core Re­de­vel­op­ment which is the pro­moter of the Derby Line Wind­mill project, was adamant when he told the Stanstead Jour­nal yes­ter­day that it is “to­tally in­ac­cu­rate to say that we have lost in­vestors in this project.” Ru­mours had been floated by some of­fi­cials in Stanstead that this was the case. Also de­nied was the as­ser­tion made that the first two tow­ers are the start of a wind farm. “The most power that can be car­ried is a lit­tle over six megawatts; our first two tow­ers are ca­pa­ble of gen­er­at­ing two megawatts each. At most we could build an­other one.”

The power will be sold to Ver­mont Coop, who has agreed to buy the out­put from one tower on a fixed twenty year con­tract while the sec­ond will be bought by the util­ity on an es­ca­lat­ing scale. “Ver­mont Coop is pub­licly sup­port­ive of this project,” said Mr. Far­rell.

Right now, the Coop buys most of its electricity from Hy­dro-que­bec. Some Amer­i­cans are grum­bling that the show of force in Que­bec is di­rected by fear that Hy­dro will lose sales

AtMon­day night’s town coun­cil meet­ing in Stanstead, Jean Fluet was of­fi­cially nom­i­nated as the town’s in­terim fire chief. “They just made of­fi­cial what I have been do­ing since July of 2011,” said Mr. Fluet from his hard­ware store in Stanstead. Mr. Fluet took over the po­si­tion unof­fi­cially at the time af­ter for­mer fire chief Mike Mckenna re­signed from his po­si­tion for ir­rec­on­cil­able dif­fer­ences with the town coun­cil over the pur­chas­ing of a firetruck.

Mr. Fluet has con­tin­ued in his role as the fire cap­tain along with be­ing the in­terim fire chief for al­most a year. “The roles are very sim­i­lar ex­cept that the fire chief has more pa­per­work

City­Hall will not move to the for­mer Cus­toms House on Phelps Street soon, if never, as Stanstead coun­cil shelved the idea at last Mon­day’s meet­ing. Not much else was on the agenda, ex­cept that the first ques­tion pe­riod brought the ques­tion of the sorry state of Gran­ite Street on the agenda when one cit­i­zen asked that some­thing be done to the trees that line the small street, that is less than five me­ters wide at some points, and that ren­der the light­ing com­pletely use­less. He brought a pe­ti­tion signed by all con­cerned cit- and the fire cap­tain does more work in the field,” he ex­plained. With a full time job work­ing at the fam- ily’s Rona hard­ware store, it’s been a chal­lenge. “I get lots of sup­port from

Jean Fluet’s po­si­tion as in­terim fire chief was made of­fi­cial at Mon­day’s town coun­cil meet­ing.

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