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