Og­den News

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Og­den’s last coun­cil meet­ing was quiet and quick, no res­i­dents in at­ten­dance. The town’s tax rate re­mains the same, how­ever, res­i­dents will see a slight de­crease, by $11.00, in their an­nual waste col­lec­tion fee. “This year we will be spend­ing a bit more from our ac­cu­mu­lated sur­plus for grav­el­ling,” said Og­den’s mayor, Joe Stairs. The coun­cil se­ri­ously stud­ied the pos­si­bil­ity of paving its most densely pop­u­lated thor­ough­fare, Cedarville Road. “Then we found that there were as many peo­ple who didn’t want it paved as did. We might have to pos­si­bly have a ref­er­en­dum on that,” men­tioned Mr. Stairs. For now the town will con­cen­trate on im­prov­ing the sur­face of this road in the spring.

The Que­bec government is still do­ing noth­ing about the Michael Dunn prop­erty on the shore of Lake Mem­phrem­a­gog that was be­queathed by the late phi­lan­thropist to the government to be used as a na­ture re­serve. This prop­erty strad­dles the Amer­i­can/ Cana­dian bor­der and so has an Amer­i­can com­po­nent where progress is ac­tu­ally be­ing made. “At the Que­bec/Ver­mont meet­ings we talk about all the work be­ing done on the US side but here on our side, it’s em­bar­rass­ing; noth­ing is hap­pen­ing,” com­mented the mayor. One group of con­cerned peo­ple, many of them neigh­bours of the prop­erty, have formed a non-profit group, Friends

of Blueberry Point, to work with the government to see what can be done.

“We’re not look­ing for great devel­op­ment on the prop­erty but it would be good to have it pa­trolled. The government has said it is a bio-di­ver­sity re­serve but they have done noth­ing but put up a few yel­low signs on trees.” Res­i­dents have had to call the fire de­part­ment a few times to put out fires that were started but not prop­erly ex­tin­guished by peo­ple on mo­tor­ized ve­hi­cles who drive, with­out per­mis­sion, on the prop­erty.

“We had a good ini­tial meet­ing spon­sored by COGESAF look­ing at the Sen­tier Mas­saw­ippi which was be­ing blamed for ero­sion on the Tomi­fo­bia River,” said Mr. Stairs. Ap­par­ently, the trail was not as re­spon­si­ble for the ero­sion as some, such as the rep­re­sen­ta­tives from the five mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties around Lake Mas­saw­ippi, orig­i­nally thought. “They were con­cerned about the amount of sed­i­ment that the Tomi­fo­bia and the Niger rivers were putting into the lake,” said Mr. Stairs. “Our po­si­tion is that the Sen­tier Mas­saw­ippi is a valu­able as­set to the re­gion.”

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