Three-way race in Stanstead Township
There are three mayoral candidates hoping to win the seat of former mayor Eric Evans in Stanstead Township.
Francine Caron-Markwell was first elected to council in 2009, the same year that she retired from her career as a lab technician. She grew up in the municipality, then lived in the Sherbrooke area for many years before moving back to Stanstead Township in 2000.
“I think that communication with the residents is very important. After monthly meetings, I would like to have a short resumé of all the decisions made, so people don’t have to read through all the minutes to get information. I’d also be at the Town Hall a half day a week to meet with residents and then I would bring their concerns to council. We’ll be upgrading our regulations soon and we’ll need to involve the community in that. I’d also like to see a team of first responders in our area,” commented Mrs. Caron-Markwell in an interview with the Stanstead Journal.
“Over the last four years I’ve learnt a lot about how a council works. It’s not a business, although you have to manage money, but you have to see the human side,” she added. Besides her experience on council, Mrs. Caron Markwell has taken a couple of training courses on municipal politics, such as the Mairesse, ca m’interesse program.
Therese McCutcheon was also born in the municipality and has lived there most of her life. She served as the town’s Secretary-treasurer from 1989 to 1998 before getting elected to the council in 2009. “I’d like to keep the tax rate as low as possible. We have one of the lowest rates around and we’re very proud of that,” said Mrs. McCutcheon.
This councilor has also been very active on the public security file, going so far as to make a study on how municipalities are charged for police protection, a system that she would like to see changed. “I sent the study to the FQM and they agreed to look into it.”
“I’m also very interested in the environment. I’d like to have an extra resident sit on the town’s environment committee, and I’d like to push for a municipality without paper. We’re sending a lot less garbage to the landfill but there are still improvements to be made.”
Stephane Pouliot, a businessman and owner of Marina Fitch Bay, is running for mayor again this time around, after losing to Eric Evans by only 28 votes in the 2009 election. “I’m well aware of what is needed: bring back some common sense in our decision-making and attract and keep families here. It’s a challenge but we can do it. We don’t have much debt so we can afford to provide services,” said Mr. Pouliot in an interview. “I’d also like to see better relationships with the citizens so we’ll have less lawyers involved in things, and take our own destiny in our hands when it comes to fire protection. Those are the biggest issues.”
Mr. Pouliot would also like to look at the possibility of having more frequent garbage pick-ups in winter, going from once a month to twice, and in providing better tools for municipal employees, such as a computer system that keeps track of work schedules, and more heavy equipment for roadwork. “We need to freshen up, make employees happier,” he concluded. – Died suddenly and peacefully surrounded by her children at the Magog Hospital Saturday October 12th, 2013 at the age of 89. Predeceased by her husband Leonard and brother Donald. She is survived by her son, Douglas, and her two daughters; Sharon LeBlanc and her husband Ronald, and Deb Weddington and her husband Bruce. She leaves behind five grandchildren; Jennifer and Joshua LeBlanc and Gregory, Christopher and Sarah Gaudreau. Isabel was also blessed with three great-grandchildren Ashlin Leblanc and Sawyer and Aubrie Gaudreau. She will be sadly missed by many friends and family. Graveside service and interment will be Saturday, October 19th, 2013 at 10 a.m. at Crystal Lake Cemetery.
ST.MARTIN, Isabel May