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Stanstead Journal - - NEWS - Vic­to­ria Vanier

Theres­i­dents of Barn­ston West saw a small in­crease in their tax bill with the mill rate go­ing from .53/$100, in 2014, to .55/$100. The in­crease was off­set slightly by a de­crease in the cost for house­hold waste pick-up. “The in­crease didn’t have a big im­pact on the tax bill. My bill, for ex­am­ple, went up by only $20,” said Johnny Piszar, the mayor.

The small com­mu­nity doesn’t have any big projects lined up this year, how­ever, it has be­gun work­ing on a unique project called the Foret Te­moin. The mu­nic­i­pal­ity would like to con­vert some of the for­est land that it owns back to the for­est’s nat­u­ral state, as it was be­fore the set­tlers ar­rived. “We would plant cer­tain kinds of trees, like White Pine, and spe­cific plants found in the for­est un­der­growth. It would also have an in­ter­pre­ta­tion area and walk­ing paths, but no four wheel­ers,” ex­plained Mr. Piszar. The project is just in its ini­tial stage and stud­ies are be­ing done by bi­ol­o­gists. “The ob­jec­tive would be for peo­ple to come and learn what the nat­u­ral for­est was like.”

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