No rest for new Og­den coun­cil

Stanstead Journal - - NEWS - Vic­to­ria Vanier

Og­den has elected an al­most en­tirely new coun­cil, with the ex­cep­tion of for­mer coun­cil­lor Michael Sud­low who is now the town’s new mayor. “I’m very happy with the peo­ple elected; al­most all of the can­di­dates who were sup­port­ing me won. I think we have a good group who are very rep­re­sen­ta­tive of the pop­u­la­tion in Og­den. They come from dif­fer­ent cor­ners of the mu­nic­i­pal­ity and from dif­fer­ent back­grounds, which is ideal for a coun­cil,” com­mented the new mayor. “It’s good that at least some­one is back from the old coun­cil, some­one fa­mil­iar with the files. I met with the Di­rec­tor Gen­eral this morn­ing and it was just like old times,” he added.

The Og­den coun­cil will be right to work, deal­ing with the prob­lem of the un­safe cul­vert on the Cedarville Road. The old coun­cil ac­tu­ally had to meet dur­ing the elec­tion cam­paign to dis­cuss the is­sue. An en­gi­neer­ing firm is now study­ing the amount of wa­ter that needs to be han­dled in that lo­ca­tion and will then present a per­ma­nent so­lu­tion to the town. A tem­po­rary so­lu­tion may also have to be con­sid­ered given the im­por­tance of that route. “The road will not be stay­ing closed for months, that’s for sure,” said Mr. Sud­low. “At first we thought it could just be closed to heavy traf­fic but the en­gi­neers said it could col­lapse at any time.”

Photo Stanstead Jour­nal

Og­den Di­rec­tor Gen­eral Vickie Comeau is seen here get­ting ready to count the bal­lots on Sun­day evening with two co-work­ers.

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