Stanstead Township News
Mr. André Belanger was the clear winner of what turned out to be a hotly contested council seat in the election on October 21st in Stanstead Township. The seat became vacant when former councilor John Lynch-Staunton died unexpectedly over the summer.
In all, five people, ran in the election and received the following number of votes: André Belanger, 209 votes; Jean Claude Bilodeau, 120 votes; George Charles Atkin, 55 votes; Louison Bégin, 16 votes; and Karine Nolette with 9 votes. The voter turnout was quite high for a by-election at about 50%. “That was very surprising, especially when you consider there is only one year left in the mandate,” commented Stanstead Township’s general manager, Josianne Hudon.
"We had a very good par- - ticipation rate.”
The town has begun planning the expansion to the fire station in Fitch Bay. “Most of that work should be completed in 2013,” said Ms. Hudon. The fire department will also be receiving their new tanker truck on December 15th. The cost of the new truck was $204,000.
Household waste contracts were awarded at the last council meeting. Stanley Taylor will collect the regular garbage and the biodegradable waste while Arlie Fearon will pick up the recyclable materials. A code of ethics for the employees was adopted. Also during the last council meeting, mayor Eric Evans gave his Mayor’s Speech which should soon be posted on the town’s website.
On Monday, it was announced that the municipality of Stanstead Township was now able to benefit from the Programme general d’aide financiere lors de sinistres reels ou imminents following the torrential rains that fell on September 4th and 5th, 2012.