One only had to hear the president of Polycor, Patrick Perus, talk about how granite is now a part of any major town redesign element to repeat once again that the save a penny to loose a dollar attitude of Stanstead elected official is costing us a fortune.
We will repeat the outrage of not having specified real Stanstead Grey, quarried and cut in Stanstead, for Seth Taylor place.
There is always a limit to pure stupidity and the time has come to repeat once again that our downtown is a mess, that if we were lucky to have 2 major investors buy the whole place wholesale, we haven’t seen much work done lately. And if they did, we could always say that fools always find a way to waste money.
What would it take to make downtown viable? First, as we have often said, remove the wiring mess.
Second demolish the old supermarket. Add parking under a promenade, the sight is worth a visit. And I’m sure that the present owner would gladly accept a dollar for the property. The value of what he owns jumping automatically. Why parking? Because the moment that downtown would become popular there would a parking shortage. Already, it doesn’t take much to overflow what is available. Redo the whole in granite, sidewalks, streets, curb. Try to revitalize the old Canal, it’s still there used as sewer! And get some proper funding for the Museum. Forget the grand scheme of self-funding, put real money in the thing or closed it.
Then maybe we will be worthy of our so called Granite Capital of Canada title.
An industry that is the only remaining industrial one in Stanstead should be protected and promoted by the town. Stanstead should have kiosk in the major renovation shows in Quebec and elsewhere. Yes that cost money, but if people associate Stanstead and Granite, they will start asking for Stanstead Granite first. Granite is like wine, after the third glasses it’s hard to distinguished the region it comes from, but if your first glass is a high quality one you will. If we can ingrained in the public that unless the name Stanstead is present it’s not quality granite, then we can not only maintain the existing jobs but create new one.
And let’s forget that the days of having finished school in sixth grade and having a lifetime job are over. So is the 8 months long work year. We are talking about an industry that employs skilled workers using state of the art equipment and being able to deliver on time. We are also talking about experience people in marketing and administration.
The town was obsessed about getting a Tim Horton, finally we would make it. Now that we have it, could we go to basics.