Og­den work­ing on Devel­op­ment Plan

Stanstead Journal - - FROM PAGE ONE - Vic­to­ria Vanier Og­den

There will be some paving work done this sum­mer to a sec­tion of the Mar­ling­ton Road that sees a lot of heavy traf­fic from the Rock of Ages quarry which dam­ages the road and causes the shoul­ders to crack. “We are plan­ning to widen the road and to strengthen the shoul­der with larger rocks to avoid this hap­pen­ing,” said Og­den mayor Michael Sud­low. The mu­nic­i­pal­ity is also plan­ning to re-gravel many roads, how­ever, Mr. Sud­low ad­mit­ted that the dam­age to the roads done this spring, so far, has been less than ex­pected. “Our Build­ing In­spec­tor has stayed on top of all the small wash-outs, but we did think we would have more trou­ble than we did be­cause of the long and cold win­ter.”

Og­den sent out ex­ten­sive sur­veys to its res­i­dents a few months ago and is now an­a­lyz­ing its re­sults. A com­mit­tee of four, which in­cludes the mayor, coun­cil­lors Joe Stairs and Sylvie Le­feb­vre, and Direc­tor Gen­eral Vicki Comeau, will be meet­ing to­day for a sec­ond time to look over the in­for­ma­tion which will be used to cre­ate a Devel­op­ment Plan. “We need a Devel­op­ment Plan for the fu­ture, to know where we’re go­ing, and also to ap­ply for var­i­ous grants,” said Mr. Sud­low.

There is still no sign of any ac­tion on the Michael Dunn prop­erty, now owned by the Que­bec gov­ern­ment, which was be­queathed to the pop­u­la­tion upon his death. Things are quite dif­fer­ent on the Amer­i­can side of the lake­side prop­erty where trails and an in­ter­pre­ta­tion cen­tre have been built and where peo­ple can ac­cess the beau­ti­ful prop­erty.

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