West Bolton Council – June 2021

All councillors and the mayor were present by Zoom.

Mayor’s message – High speed internet should be available to all residents by the end of December.

Question Period – Discussions continue with TBL on access to Douglass Beach by West Bolton residents. The process of application, consideration by the CCU and Council decisions on Minor Derogations was explained. Details of speeding incidents should be reported to town hall.

Urbanism – Twenty-eight permits were issued in May. The value of construction is about five times as much as last year. Two minor derogations were approved, one was refused. A request for a minor derogation on Brill was postponed again due to missing documents. Administration – A summer intern has been hired as an administrative assistant. The mayor’s report on municipal finances has been posted on the website. The municipality has applied for approval for residents over the age of 70 and property owners who are not full-time residents to use mail-in ballots during the municipal elections in November.

Roads – A $1.3 million contract for road maintenance on Bailey, Spicer, Brill and Stukely was approved. Contracts were approved to evaluate the roadbeds of Paramount and the Foster Mountain emergency corridor.

Environment –The Appalachian Corridor conservation organization is asking for support to evaluate how to reduce the danger to large animals – moose, deer, bears, etc. while moving around near Autoroute 10. Landowners are asked to co-operate with Renaissance Lac Brome and OVB Yamaska as they work to analyze wildlife habitat in the Quilliams-Durrell watershed.

Health and wellbeing – Two hundred and fifty-six responses to the survey on Family and Senior’s policy will be evaluated.

St. Andrew’s Church – Eighty-nine residents have responded to an opinion survey on the future of the St Andrew’s church on Tuer Road. Eighty-two were in favour of the proposal to move the church to the Brome County Historical Society property in Knowlton. Seven opposed the proposal. Council formally approved the proposal.

Next Meeting: Monday, July 5, at 7:30 p.m.