Man­sonville cit­i­zens not be­ing heard

Stanstead Journal - - FROM PAGE ONE - Vic­to­ria Vanier Man­son­neville

With al­most seventy cit­i­zens present at Mon­day’s coun­cil meet­ing in the Town­ship of Pot­ton, and al­most eighty per­cent of those op­posed to a project to change the zon­ing be­side the Mon­tagnes Vertes na­ture re­serve so pro­mot­ers can host mo­tor­ized recre­ational ac­tiv­i­ties, the town coun­cil went ahead and voted to change the zon­ing. The vote was 3 to 2, and taken be­fore the ques­tion pe­riod with the cit­i­zens of the town.

The land in ques­tion is 52 acres in size and owned by Club Ruiter Brook which can now hold two mo­tor­ized events per year on the land. Pot­ton Town­ship mayor Louis Pierre Veil­lon was quoted in a French daily say­ing “We need to at­tract all kinds of people here to help the econ­omy.” Owl’s Head was sug­gested by op­po­nents as a pos­si­ble site for such an ac­tiv­ity but was told that the area there was too small.

Cit­i­zens will try to force a ref­er­en­dum on the is­sue. In 2012, an event or­ga­nizer tried to get per­mis­sion from the town’s coun­cil for per­ma­nent us­age to hold snow­mo­bile races at the Ruiter Brook Club but was given only tem­po­rary us­age.

The Mon­tagnes Vertes na­ture re­serve is the largest re­serve east of Saskatchewan.

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