Stanstead quiet

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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.

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