Barnston West News
– Heritage Forest on track
Residents of Barnston West saw a slight increase in their property tax of 1.5 cents/$100. The municipality’s mill rate is now .565/$100.
Barnston West’s big project this year will be the first planting of trees and the building of pedestrian trails in its “Heritage Forest”. “We’ll be planting five hundred trees in the spring, mostly oak and maple, and red spruce and white spruce which are native to the Eastern Townships,” explained the mayor of Barnston West, Johnny Piszar. “We’ll also start building about 1.5 kilometers of pathways and put up information signs about the trees,” he added. The municipality is hoping to get volunteer students from Stanstead College to help with the planting as well as local volunteers. “Once it’s finished it will be for everybody to walk in and we hope that students from the local schools will come to walk in the woods and learn about the trees. Mr. Peter Kilburn, who passed away last year, really took this project to heart,” said Mr. Piszar.
Another massive tree planting will take place again in 2017 in the roughly five acre forest.
Former Barnston West mayor then councilor Ghislain Leblond is no longer on the Barnston West council after moving to Stanstead East. “That will be a loss for us. She was really well-known to all the residents,” said Mr. Piszar. An election will be held in March to fill the seat.