Og­den News

Stanstead Journal - - NEWS - Vic­to­ria Vanier Og­den

There were four res­i­dents sit­ting in at Og­den’s monthly coun­cil meet­ing on Mon­day evening. All res­i­dents of De­scente 12, they are con­cerned about the pos­si­ble in­crease of ac­tiv­ity in their area be­cause of a nearby de­vel­op­ment project. One of the prop­er­ties in the de­vel­op­ment has lake ac­cess and the res­i­dents are wor­ried that ac­cess would be used by all the prop­erty own­ers in the de­vel­op­ment. “No houses have been built there yet but we want to find ways to ad­just our by-laws for th­ese kinds of sit­u­a­tions,” said Og­den mayor Michael Sud­low.

No new projects are be­ing planned this year and the town will con­cen­trate on reg­u­lar main­te­nance for a year or two. “We spent a lot of money to re­place two cul­verts last year, just un­der $200,000, and we bought a new trac­tor at $75,000,” said the mayor. An LED il­lu­mi­nated ar­row was bought for the new trac­tor, at $1000, for safety rea­sons. The town will do some re-grav­el­ling and will re-as­phalt a sec­tion of Mar­ling­ton Road.

The town’s prop­erty tax rate re­mained the same but the garbage tax was re­duced. The town hired a new con­trac­tor, Ar­lie C. Fearon, who had bet­ter rates than last year’s con­trac­tor.

The town passed a res­o­lu­tion to support the lo­cal French-lan­guage school board’s po­si­tion to not merge with the Sher­brooke school com­mis­sion. The Com­mis­sion Sco­laire des Som­mets, although not against merg­ing with the other ru­ral school board in the re­gion, does not want to merge with the city school board. Do­na­tions which were ap­proved Mon­day night were: $1,600 for the Mas­saw­ippi Val­ley Health Cen­tre; $2,200 for the Haskell Free Li­brary; $1000 for the CAB RH Rediker; and Weir Park re­ceived $3,200 – the amount of their tax bill.

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