Og­den News

Stanstead Journal - - NEWS - Vic­to­ria Vanier

With its many steep roads head­ing down to the lake, it’s not sur­pris­ing that Og­den re­ceived a lot of dam­age to its roads net­work last week when the snow was melt­ing fast. “I went on a road trip with our roads in­spec­tor just be­fore Easter and there were seven or eight cul­verts that were se­ri­ously af­fected,” said Og­den mayor Michael Sud­low. Al­though it will take some time to per­ma­nently re­pair the dam­age, all of Og­den’s roads are pass­able. The two cul­verts that were re­in­forced ear­lier in the win­ter seem to be hold­ing up so far. “The wa­ter washed away the earth around the cul­verts and some of them may have to be dug up and slot­ted into each other again. It’s prob­a­bly the worst year for the sheer num­ber of cul­verts that were washed out,” he added.

The town re­ceived an of­fer to buy the Gran­iteville United church which was built in 1896 and is the only church in town. Ques­tion­naires were sent to Og­den house­holds for their feed­back on the sub­ject but not much sup­port was shown. Of the 65 to 70 replies to the ques­tion­naire, about half said “no” while the other half said yes with a lot of ifs and buts. The of­fer was of­fi­cially de­clined by the town. Un­til two years ago, one ser­vice per year was held there. “There just wasn’t enough sup­port from the cit­i­zens. It would re­quire a lot of in­vest­ment, about $60,000, just to make the church safe for the pub­lic,” said the mayor.

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