Barely le­gal meet­ing

Stanstead Journal - - NEWS - Staff, Stanstead

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

thread­bare coun­cil.

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.

Photo Stanstead Jour­nal

Two empty seats meant a quo­rum was not present for all of Mon­day’s agenda items.

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