Barely legal meeting
Itmissed one item on the agenda due to a lack of quorum: the financial aid promised for the expansion of Place Stanstead was relegated to next month’s meeting as councillor Michelle Richard’s abstention meant that for that item a quorum was not present at last Monday’s Stanstead council meeting.
As there are now only five councillors left, it took the absence of two, Jody Stone and Guy Ouellet, to have a
Citizens are asking at almost all town meetings that the minutes reflect the opinions and questions brought up by citizens during question period. For example, the fate of the former Pierce building has been discussed time and time again over the last few months during question period and was not in the minutes of last month’s meeting. The town promised to look into it, once again.
Maybe it is the distressed look of the council furniture, it would be replaced at a cost of $6,500, chairs included or not, but the town still lacks a recording system that could bring all the council debates to the town website. We can only hope, as the media has been asking for years for advanced copies of the minutes to be approved. They are given to the councillors before each meeting.
The town will host the Quebec Anglophone Heritage Network’s annual convention this year on June 1st. The event will be held at both the Colby-Curtis Museum and the Haskell; the town is contributing $1,000 for the event. Both the Museum and the Stanstead Historical Society received backing from the town for their grant request to the Pacte Rural.
Finally, the town has allocated $35,000 for the Economic development agent post. Last year it only spent $25,000 as it got more subsidies.
Two empty seats meant a quorum was not present for all of Monday’s agenda items.