Stanstead Town­ship News

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Be­tween fif­teen and twenty res­i­dents were at Stanstead Town­ship’s last monthly meet­ing to hear the Mayor’s Speech, a usual num­ber ac­cord­ing to the town’s new mayor, Francine Caron Mark­well. “We will be work­ing a lot on the bud­get now; we have un­til Jan­uary 31st to adopt it be­cause we are in an elec­tion year,” ex­plained Ms. Caron Mark­well.

The town’s new ad­min­is­tra­tion is catch­ing some heat over the ap­point­ment of He­lene Hamel as the town’s new de­vel­op­ment agent. “Some peo­ple are not happy that the job was not posted in­ter­nally, but we are work­ing with an in­terim di­rec­tor gen­eral right now. In the fu­ture, we will be sure to post jobs within the mu­nic­i­pal­ity first,” said the mayor. The mu­nic­i­pal­ity re­ceived a $10,000 grant to hire a de­vel­op­ment agent from the Pacte Ru­ral and will match that amount. “We want the new de­vel­op­ment agent to make con­nec­tions be­tween the re­cre­ational and cul­tural or­ga­ni­za­tions in the two vil­lages. Now it’s like we have two dif­fer­ent vil­lages so we want to work more to­gether,” said Ms. Caron Mark­well.

The owner of some land in the mid­dle of Fitch Bay, Jean Guy Bu­reau, has been told by the Min­istry of the en­vi­ron­ment to have a study done on his land, within ninety days, to deter­mine the ex­tent of the con­tam­i­na­tion in the soil and in the un­der­ground wa­ter. A gro­cery store and a gas sta­tion pre­vi­ously sat on the site and it has been con­tam­i­nated by hy­dro­car--

bons, some­thing that was de­ter­mined in a pre­vi­ous study of the land done in 1999 by Ge­o­lab Inc. The site is very close to Fitch Creek.

The fu­ture of the mu­nic­i­pal­ity’s com­mu­nity hall, looks grim. “We closed it for the win­ter. There is a risk of the roof cav­ing in with only four inches of snow so we didn’t want to take the chance of some­thing hap­pen­ing. And it is very ex­pen­sive to heat. The heat­ing sys­tem was in­stalled in 1955 and is not very ef­fi­cient. Stud­ies show that it would cast a lot to fix the build­ing up be­cause there are ma­jor struc­tural prob­lems,” con­cluded the mayor.

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