Things are so quiet at Stanstead’s monthly meetings that people are now asking politely to leave in droves. So the first batch, there to get the bursaries, did not even attend the start of the session, while citizens from the Western, North and High streets sectors who went to present a letter asking that the town redo the streets in the sector, took their leaves when they got their answer from council. Answer being best resumed in the Ruby and the Romantics 50’s song with its Hammond organ riffs, so superbly reprised later by the late Amy Winehouse: Our day will come.
This was surely the highlight of the evening, unless useless data interests you, as in the three hundred and some dollars given to Alice Tremblay Tétreault to dump snow on her land. Or the trivia that it cost three times as much per meter to clear Smith road than McShane.
Or the very important news that the Municipality is rescinding a contract to buy bulk supply for the treatment plant, even if it cost less, because we don’t have the space to store that much. Needless to say, article 9.06 beats the average by a couple of degrees. It annulled resolutions 2014-03-6864, 2014-03-6685 and 2014-03-6884 for the purchase of a John Deere tractor that showed up late, only to discover that it was too wide for our streets. In this case, repeating these numbers without stumbling is a feat in itself.
For once, there was a division in a vote, 3 councillors voting for and the same number against, for the refection of Hackett, the price being considered too high. The mayor, called to solve the issue with his vote, refused. Legal opinion from Director General, Karine Duhamel, confirming that he is allowed to do so.
This newspaper has asked council to provide a five year spending plan estimate, Mayor Dutil promising that one should be available before the end of the year. Such an estimate would be highly valuable for taxpayers and those who are asking for a bit of roadwork here and there. There may be as much as six to eight million dollars at stake here, plus the water problem which seems to get messier at every meeting, all estimates being off for the moment. A conference call is being organized, itself something that must be organized by professionals.
But there is a silver lining, we are not drowning in garbage anymore, as every one of the bids for the three types of collections came under what we paid last year.
This is in no part due to the population’s excellent record in recycling. Councillor Wayne Stratton explained to council that our garbage output is down to 427 tons last year, compared to 468 the year before. Composting on the other end is up, from 146 tons to 176. The end result is that we are paying less per ton also, $110 rather than $135.
And a reminder that the collection center for Ressourcerie des Frontières is open this week-end, Saturday morning, in Beebe. For other dates call City Hall. La Ressourcerie can also come to your door to pick up bulky items, and if you are looking for anything, like to bargain a bit and help a worthy enterprise, the Ressourcerie is open in Coaticook at 177 Cutting. They could almost charge an admission fee; there are always surprises there. For pick-up, call: 1-855-804-1018.
Karine Duhamel, abovr, now officially the Director General, Councillor and Pro-Mayor Rollande Rouleau, who is now authorized to sign for the town’s banking account.