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The mu­nic­i­pal­ity of Stanstead Town­ship held an open meet­ing, on Jan­uary 19th, as the first step in cre­at­ing a Strate­gic Devel­op­ment Plan for the years 2013 to 2018. “There were about sixty res­i­dents who came out for this meet­ing which was very good par­tic­i­pa­tion,” said di­rec­tor gen­eral Josianne Hudon. Also present for the meet­ing were mayor Eric Evans, the councilors and di­rec­tor gen­eral, and Jean-Charles Belle­mare, the devel­op­ment agent with the Mem­phrem­a­gog MRC.

The aim of the meet­ing was to gather ideas, sug­ges­tions and in­for­ma­tion from ev­ery­one con­cerned. “One idea that came out was for the mu­nic­i­pal­ity to hire some­one to help man­age the recre­ation and ac­tiv­i­ties in the com­mu­nity; right now it is all be­ing done by vol­un­teers. The res­i­dents also ex­pressed that they would like to get more in­for­ma­tion about the ac­tiv­i­ties and ser­vices in the mu­nic­i­pal­ity,” men­tioned Ms. Hudon. A sec­ond pub­lic meet­ing is be­ing planned and will prob­a­bly take place in March.

Stanstead Town­ship has pur­chased a new tanker firetruck, re­ceiv­ing it in mid-Jan­uary. It cost $200,000 and will be sta­tioned at the Fitch Bay Fire House. The Fitch Bay water treat­ment fa­cil­ity will have to un­dergo some changes in the coming years to meet the new norms. “We are meet­ing to­day’s norms but we will be draw­ing up an ac­tion plan to meet the new norms which have to be met by the be­gin­ning of 2017.”

Res­i­dents have seen the mu­nic­i­pal­ity’s mill rate in­crease slightly with their new tax bill, go­ing from .3133 to .3383. How­ever, the fee for the three house­hold waste col­lec­tions de­creased con­sid­er­ably from $227 per house­hold, last year, to $187 this year. “We have really re­duced the amount of garbage that we send to the land­fill site, so that brought down our bill a lot,” con­cluded Ms. Hudon.

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The mu­nic­i­pal­ity of Stanstead Town­ship has be­gun work­ing on a strate­gic plan that will take them to the year 2018.

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