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Stanstead’s monthly coun­cil meet­ing last night, which was at­tended by only a hand­ful of res­i­dents, sev­eral ques­tions were asked about the old Cus­toms Build­ing. The con­cerned res­i­dent in­quired about the work be­ing done to it but also asked the coun­cil to make a for­mal com­mit­ment to en­sur­ing that the build­ing, which is in dis­re­pair, is not de­mol­ished. He also in­formed the coun­cil that the build­ing was in the reper­toire of Quebec her­itage build­ings and that it was the first Cus­toms House in the Eastern Town­ships and the sec­ond one es­tab­lished in all of Quebec.

The town’s Mar­gin of Credit was dis­cussed among the coun­cil with coun­cil­lor Jody Stone putting forth the idea to keep the Mar­gin of Credit as low as pos­si­ble. Coun­cil will look into the ad­van­tages and dis­ad­van­tages of de­creas­ing the amount.

The town will be start­ing a First Re­spon­ders project. Vol­un­teers from the fire depart­ment, with at least 30% of the train­ing of an am­bu­lance tech­ni­cian, could re­spond to cer­tain med­i­cal emer­gen­cies when the am­bu­lance is not nearby. Firechief Jean Fluet ex­plained that the First Re­spon­ders would not be able to trans­port vic­tims and that it was a sup­port ser­vice for the am­bu­lance ser­vice. Sev­eral other nearby mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties have First Re­spon­der projects al­ready in place. This led to a dis­cus­sion of the de­fib­ril­la­tors that are placed around town, there are now thir­teen of them in strate­gic lo­ca­tions, and the need to re-in­form the pub­lic about where they are lo­cated and that any­one can use them.

Photo Vic­to­ria Vanier

Philippe Du­til, gen­eral man­ager Guil­laume Labbé, coun­cil­lor Chris Good­sell and coun­cil­lor Guy Ouellet at Tues­day night’s meet­ing.

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