Stanstead en­gi­neer­ing con­tract 66% over bud­get

Stanstead Journal - - NEWS - Staff Stanstead

Proof pos­i­tive that some things will never change, Judge Charbonneau or not, the town of Stanstead had to amend a res­o­lu­tion passed last month that al­lot­ted $10,000 for lab­o­ra­tory work on the Park Street pro­ject, it­self an off­shoot of the Pat Burns Arena pro­ject. It will be re­mem­bered that the wa­ter and sewage work was on the ta­ble when the arena was built, but re­moved as the cost would have shot the pro­ject over its pro­jected cost.

This time it seems that EXP, the new name of Teknika, ad­vised the town to go fast and bud­get $10,000 so that things could get mov­ing. The bill was rather for $16,562.15. Once lo­cally owned, EXP is now part of an Amer­i­can com­pany based in Chicago. The ‘My Home­town’ City on the Lake is also home to the head of­fice of the MMAR rail­way. While its canals and sculp­tures make it one of the world’s best cities to visit, it still has trou­ble shed­ding Al Capone from its his­tory.

Speak­ing of MMAR, the town will help our post of­fice sur­vive as it is send­ing let­ters to politi­cians right and left, front and cen­ter, lo­cally, provin­cially and fed­er­ally, to say that it wants a say into the mat­ter of danger­ous trans­port ma­te­rial. Mean­while, asked by this news­pa­per if the town’s fire­men and fire­women had re­ceived ad­vanced train­ing on how to fight a train fire, a duty that they would have to do if an ac­ci­dent sim­i­lar to the one in Lac Mé­gan­tic oc­curred in New­port, where tracks are owned by MMAR, we got the an­swer that in New­port they would fol­low the or­ders of their Amer­i­can coun­ter­part.

Hun­dreds, we hope for thou­sands of peo­ple a year but we are re­al­ist, will be able to sit on a bench that the town will buy to hon­our Dr. Bouchard at the Seth Tay­lor Place in vi­brant Down­town Stanstead at a cost of $500. And if we get the Vil­lage-Re­lais cer­ti­fi­ca­tion that the town is ready to ship to the Que­bec govern­ment, the Doc Bouchard bench may be fre­quently oc­cu­pied.

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