Stanstead Township News
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.