Cats get a free life (for a year)
In a ‘renegotiation’ of the contract between the SPA and Stanstead Township, cats will get a free licence, with a medal, for the first year, then half price for the second and will have to pay the full burden on the third year. Dogs, who seem to have been barking up the wrong tree, will get no such discount and will have to pay the full amount starting this year. And all of this will be done voluntarily as citizens will have to report their animals to the SPA themselves after they receive a letter from the SPA.
While this didn’t totally satisfy those who are against the decision to contract with the SPA, it pacified most of them. But chances are that the contract will, once again, come under fire when it goes to renewal in less than a year.
After years of service as Fire Chief, Mr. Alex Bernais will retire. He has been with the force in various capacities for around 30 years. The municipality will honour him sometime this fall. This brought questioning from the audience who wondered why a committee of Council will choose the next chief. “Why not let the firemen chose their own chief?” asked a citizen.
Speaking with this newspaper after the meeting, a councillor wondered why the cats and dogs got most of our attention while the excellent financial state of the Township barely was mentioned. Our answer was simply that we had not witnessed so much emotion over our years of stewardship of this newspaper. And emotions are much more interesting than statistics; they are a much truer reflection of a community than bare numbers, excellent as they may be.
Dogs and cats were, once again, on the agenda at Stanstead Township’s last council meeting.