Three-way race in Stanstead Town­ship

Stanstead Journal - - NEWS - Vic­to­ria Vanier

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

(nee Fer­gus­son)

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