Ap­ple blos­soms com­ing to Og­den

Stanstead Journal - - NEWS - Vic­to­ria Vanier Og­den

The mu­nic­i­pal­ity of Og­den has an in­ter­est­ing beau­ti­fi­ca­tion pro­ject ready to take root in 2016. Par­tially sub­si­dized by the Pacte Ru­ral pro­gram, the pro­ject is to plant around one hun­dred flow­er­ing crabap­ple trees on a mix of both pub­lic and pri­vate land all over the ter­ri­tory. “We’ve writ­ten let­ters with maps to prop­erty own­ers and we’re wait­ing for their replies. There was money avail­able for th­ese kinds of projects from the Pacte Ru­ral so we de­cided we should try to get some of that money. We planted a lot of daf­fodil bulbs last fall and we will be plant­ing the ap­ple trees on April 30th,” said mayor Michael Sud­low.

The idea to plant ap­ple trees came from a pre­vi­ous ex­pe­ri­ence of the mayor’s, when he was on the Len­noxville town coun­cil about twenty years ago. “We couldn’t af­ford to bury the hy­dro lines along Main Street so we de­cided to cam­ou­flage the hy­dro poles. We planted the trees and put up flower bas­kets. The only thing I ever hear about from my time on the Len­noxville coun­cil is the plant­ing of those trees!” said Mr. Sud­low.

Taxes in Og­den have re­mained the same for 2016 at .41/$100. A main ex­pense, this year, will be buy­ing a new pick-up truck to re­place the town’s Dodge Dakota. The town is still wait­ing for its day in court re­gard­ing the unau­tho­rized cut­ting of ma­ture trees on a pri­vate prop­erty by a de­vel­oper. The de­vel­oper has re­fused to pay the mu­nic­i­pal fine. Og­den is try­ing out a new con­trac­tor for snow clear­ing on part of its ter­ri­tory, with good re­sults.

A new en­vi­ron­ment com­mit­tee is be­ing formed in the com­ing months and the town is look­ing for four res­i­dents will­ing to sit on the com­mit­tee. Its mem­bers would give rec­om­men­da­tions to coun­cil on all en­vi­ron­men­tal is­sues such as the cre­ation of new by-laws to pro­tect the en­vi­ron­ment and the pro­mo­tion of waste re­duc­tion and re­cy­cling pro­grams.

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