Bad luck is following Stanstead’s quest for new wells. Already $71,222.90 has been spent on finding water near the industrial park, all efforts leading nowhere, most with a bright outlook when the drilling starts. One well produced a hopping 600 gallons a minute, only to be rejected for a high content of manganese, another one soon started pumping more sand than water, burning a couple of pumps in the process. So, council approved another twenty thousand to Laforest Nova
Aqua to continue the search for the Holy Grail, a safe and secure water supply. Needless to say, only well water is acceptable. That an almost bottomless lake is a couple of miles away, that a river crosses our town, is never taken into account. Meanwhile, the Beebe wells, dug at a cost of over a million, are shut down definitively since January 1st. Their arsenic content is not passing today’s norms and, not only that, the wells are producing a lot less water. We will remember that an engineering firm was vouching that this site would provide us with water for years to come, said engineering firm having conveniently forgotten to check American regulations when it did work for the International Water Company, which, as the name implies, provides water to both Canadian and American citizens. The Quebec standards have been used in the USA for over a decade and were known when the project was started. But then Quebec’s engineers are the best in the world at siphoning money from taxpayers, not finding water or, for that matter, doing anything right; another story already covered by Mrs. Charbonneau’s commission whose report we are awaiting soon.
For those who may not be aware, UPAC, the special brigade in charge of corruption, has a toll-free number: 1 844 541-UPAC (8722). Just a hint.
Other business on the agenda, that sailed smoother than a boat on Lake Memphremagog on a sunny summer day, said lake having a couple of million cubic meters of water, shall we remind all, included a mandate to defend the Town in a case against someone who broke some SPA rules. As we went to press, the town has not been able to provide us with the amount of the lawyer fees from Monty Sylvestre, in the last case. Needless to say, the amount of the fine will never cover the town’s lawyer’s fees.
And Chris Goodsell and his Fire Department (almost the name of a band climbing the ladder of success) will get a new thermal camera, putting the old one bought over a decade ago into a well-deserved retirement.
At question period, a citizen asked if the town intended to celebrate the Great Fire of 1915. Council is asking for volunteers to see what could be done.