Stanstead Town­ship News

Stanstead Journal - - FROM PAGE ONE - Vic­to­ria Vanier

Stanstead Town­ship held its reg­u­lar meet­ing on Novem­ber 5th, at­tended by about fif­teen res­i­dents. The con­tract to clear ditches was awarded to Les débrous­sailleurs GSL Inc. for 40 hours at $ 115 an hour. Sev­eral of the mu­nic­i­pal­ity’s em­ploy­ees and elected of­fi­cials will take spe­cial train­ing: Gen­eral Di­rec­tor Josianne Hudon and Denise Gi­rard, re­spon­si­ble for fi­nances, will take train­ing from the ADMQ on mu­nic­i­pal ac­count­ing ($343 each), while mayor Francine Caron Mark­well, Janet Cooper and Pierre Martineau are regis­tered for fi­nan­cial man­age­ment train­ing from the FQM ($325 each).

Fire equip­ment in the amount of $5,007.85 was pur­chased after a list was pro­vided by fire-chief Brian Wharry.

Alain Roy, a land­scape artist and res­i­dent of the mu­nic­i­pal­ity, was hired for $3,050 to cre­ate a de­sign for Thayer Park in case gov­ern­ment fund­ing be­comes avail­able. “It’s bud­get time now and there is no money avail­able, but if we can get grants we would like to build a mul­ti­func­tional ce­ment sur­face in the park that can be used as an ice rink in the win­ter and pos­si­bly a skate park in the sum­mer. Some young peo­ple came to coun­cil a few months ago and asked for this, so we are con­sider- ing it,” com­mented mayor Francine Caron Mark­well.

Lo­cal his­to­rian Stephen Moore will re­search and write the texts for in­for­ma­tion pan­els that will be in­stalled along the mu­nic­i­pal­ity’s Her­itage Trail. “There will be two big­ger pan­els, one in Ge­orgeville and one in Fitch Bay, and sev­eral smaller pan­els at in­ter­est­ing spots like The Ele­phant Barn and the Nar­rows Bridge,” said Mrs. Caron Mark­well. A map will also be pro­duced to go along with the Her­itage Trail.

Gen­eral ori­en­ta­tions for 2015, found in the Mayor’s Re­port on the Can­ton Stanstead web­site, in­clude paving and recharg­ing roads, build­ing a bridge on Chemin René, cre­at­ing a five-year plan for road­work, mak­ing a plan to de­mol­ish the Fitch Bay Vil­lage school­house, and ad­dress­ing the prob­lem of too much phos­phate go­ing into the wa­ter sys­tem. Fitch Bay is one of the most pol­luted sec­tions of Lake Mem­phrem­a­gog.

The com­plete re­port of the fi­nan­cial sit­u­a­tion can be found on the web­site of the mu­nic­i­pal­ity.

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