High project es­ti­mates

Stanstead Journal - - FO­RUM -

The item was not on the agenda of the coun­cil meet­ing and, if this news­pa­per had not raised the is­sue, would have gone un­no­ticed. Eval­u­a­tion has risen, on av­er­age, around 20% and ranges be­tween 4% to 60% in­creases.

In an­nounced items, the town has awarded, seem­ingly with­out bids and only to some of the town’s real es­tate agents, the con­tract to sell the lots of the Do­maine des Pion­niers in Beebe. If the agents sell the lots them­selves, they will get a full com­mis­sion of 6% and, if they are sold by the town, they will still get 3%. In an­other item, the close to twenty cit­i­zens at­tend­ing the Mon­day Night meet­ing learned that the town will foot the bill for a web­site pro­mot­ing the Do­maine at a cost of over $3,000.

This is a thou­sand dol­lars less than the $4,000 that an em­ployee will now get as a yearly and per­ma­nent ‘re­ten­tion ‘ bonus if he works for the town for 30 years, this be­ing part of the newly an­nounced salary pol­icy of the town, of­fer­ing nine lev­els over eigh­teen years of se­nior­ity.

Seems that the Char­bon­neau Com­mis­sion’s mes­sage is not re­ally get­ting through in the outer reaches of the Prov­ince as es­ti­mates for the Junc­tion street project, in Beebe, came so over bud­get that the project is now post­poned, if not in limbo. The town was asked by this news­pa­per the per­cent­age of ‘ex­tras’ that con­trac­tors billed the town. The di­rec­tor gen­eral will come back with an an­swer at next month’s meet­ing.

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