Stanstead Township News
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.