Stanstead engineering contract 66% over budget
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.