Stanstead Town­ship News

- Taxes up and school com­ing down

Stanstead Journal - - NEWS - Vic­to­ria Vanier

Taxes in Stanstead Town­ship have gone up by roughly 4.8 % for the av­er­age home, val­ued in this mu­nic­i­pal­ity at $369,000. Stanstead Town­ship still has one of the low­est mill rates at .38/$100. Last year’s rate was .35/$100. Homes with

lower val­ues, such as around $200,000, will see an in­crease of roughly 3.6 %.

A big pro­ject, in 2016, will be the de­mo­li­tion of the old school house that once served as a com­mu­nity cen­tre. “It may cost as much as $100,000 to de­mol­ish the build­ing. It has been con­demned and there is as­bestos in it. All the ma­te­rial will have to be trans­ported,” ex­plained Stanstead Town­ship mayor Francine Caron-Mark­well.

The mu­nic­i­pal­ity has ap­plied for a grant for the Thayer Park pro­ject. If the town re­ceives the $100,000 grant, the $180,000 pro­ject, re­fur­bish­ing the play­ground equip­ment etc., will go through. A lot of road im­prove­ments will be tak­ing place in the next five years, in­clud­ing the re­place­ment of a large cul­vert and re­tain­ing wall on the Ma­goon Point Road in 2016. The boat ramps and the wooden wharf at the Foran Park will be changed, for about $40,000.

Five of the mu­nic­i­pal­ity’s fire­fight­ers are now re­ceiv­ing the ex­ten­sive train­ing re­quired by the govern­ment.

The town will hold its Fete des Neiges, pre­vi­ously known as the Fete de l’Amour, in Thayer Park on Fe­bru­ary 20th.

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