Stanstead’s mayor, Phillipe Dutil, struggled with grace at last Monday’s monthly meeting, affected by a bad case of sore throat, calling the meeting and presiding it all the while.
The first question period saw what might be politely described as almost enraged citizens who have the misfortune of residing on streets that also happen to be provincial roads. Since they are cleaned by the province rather than the cities, they are living a sort of losing battle with dust and stones flying away the moment almost any vehicle is riding through. A despondent council could only hear their concerns and tell them that they are doing their best to force the Ministry of Transport to act in a timely fashion.
Next on the question front was another repeat of the perennial: “What are you going to do with the dummies on ATV’s?” Once again, the few are casting a very bad reputation on a sport that truly doesn’t need them, on non-plated vehicles, without a single regard to the law and obviously less so of citizens’ peace and quiet, some amateurs of the sport themselves.
Well, well. It seems like Stanstead College has realised that a modern facility that handicapped people are unable to use is not a good idea. So the College is asking for the town’s support for a grant from the federal government to bring in the elevator that should have been at the Pat Burns Arena from day one.
Needless to say, no water yet on the half a dozen wells dug over the last few months. So more money will be spent, some saying going down the drain, to find the right place to get drinking water.
Stanstead mayor Philippe Dutil could hardly speak at Monday’s council meeting.