Cats and dogs steal meetings
Stanstead Township’s monthly meeting had a full house of 30 last week, from the baby with parents to enraged citizens united against a cause: Cat and dog licences. In a highly emotional session, almost enraged citizens vented their rage against the Townships’ decision to give the dog (and cat) catcher job to Sherbrooke based Société de Protection des Animaux and having all dogs and cats licensed in the mostly rural part of the region. At least twice, citizens asked if they would be allowed to vote on the issue, being reminded by mayor Francine Caron-Markwell that councils are elected to represent the village and are the only ones able to vote, a pair of citizens deciding then to leave the proceedings. Asked by this newspaper if guide dogs must pay their licence, we were told that council was unaware if this was part of the proposed legislation which passed in a rather unique way: councillor George Charles Atkin voting against while councillor Gaétane Gaudreau Langlois voted for but said that she would not license her pets.
The meeting had started with a presentation by Jeremy Deslandes of Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton, the municipality’s auditor who told the assembly that the valuation of the Township’s property was over half a billion dollars and that the accumulated surplus was over one million one hundred thousand dollars. It was well above that level before council approved that almost half a million be removed from it last year.
Charbonneau Commission or not, the strange way of the construction industry made us wonder why bids can still be 50% over the lowest bidder. Then as we can hear daily, it is not as if anybody in the industry doesn’t know to the last penny the operating costs of their competitors. But this was the case for the 2014 contract for the sup- ply and application of suppressant.
We also learned during question period that the fire department is not equipped with an infrared camera as is the case in most fire departments around here, the fireman who made the remark seems to have had the ears of most councillors on that issue.
The Township will have an interim-interim director-general and secretary treasurer in the person of Monique Pépin who will take over the remaining time of actual interim DG, Richard Ranger, who is leaving earlier than planned for personal reasons.
Jeremy Deslandes of Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton told citizens at the last Stanstead Township meeting that property evaluations totalled more than half a billion dollars.