Cats and dogs steal meet­ings

Stanstead Journal - - NEWS - Staff Sten­stead Town­ship

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.

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