Stanstead Town­ship News

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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.

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