West Bolton Council – March 2022

Tony Rotherham 

The mayor and all councillors were present.

Eve-Marie Jodoin of Hydro-Quebec presented a report on the recent power failures affecting West Bolton. Power to the Brill, Bailey, Stukely and Mountain Road area is supplied from the Eastman substation which is unable to supply adequate power during periods of extreme cold and high demand. Power failures were caused by falling trees and scheduled maintenance. One power failure in February was caused by a serious highway accident. Power to the Bolton Pass and Glen area is supplied by the Knowlton sub-station. Both areas are affected by branches and falling trees. During 2022/23 extensive work will be carried out to prune and remove trees that are too close to the power lines. Additional capacity will be added to the Eastman substation from Magog or brought in from the Waterloo substation. The power grid in the Eastern Townships is old and needs renovation. 

Urbanism – One application for a permit on Dumouchel Road was postponed to allow further study. An application for a new lot on Bolton Pass Road was refused. 

Administration – New Codes of Ethics and Conduct for elected officials and municipal employees were tabled. These will be discussed further and approved at the April meeting. 

Roads – Contracts for resurfacing of Spicer, Brill, Bailey and Stukely and for summer road grading were approved. A report on repairs to Paramount Road should be ready for discussion at the April meeting of council. 

Public Safety – A motion in support of the Ukrainian people was passed. Sûreté du Québec officers will be allowed to use facilities at the Town Hall when on patrol in West Bolton. 

Health and Welfare – Council approved the MADA Action Plan and the formation of working committees to monitor implementation of the Action Plan and other services to residents. Details are available on the municipal website. Contact Councillors Lanteigne and Pouliot for additional information. 

Next Meeting: April 11, 7:30 p.m.