Stanstead loses its Town Clerk
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.