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