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.”