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.