December from town minutes
The mayor chaired the meeting with all councillors present. Twenty people were in the audience.

Administration – Council approved the agreement the town reached with the BCHS on the property and agreed to pay the Museum $65,000/yr for three years. Council voted for the acquisition of an SUV for First Responders at a cost of $38,625.

Notices of motion – Council tabled new increases in salary for the mayor and councillors. The mayor’s base salary is $30,000 plus an allowance of $15,000. A councillor’s base salary is $10,000 plus an allowance of $5,000. Due to the fact that Quebec will now tax the allowance, the base salary will be increased by $3,000 for the mayor and $1,000 for each councillor.

Public Works – Council voted to proceed with the installation of water meters in non-residential properties by Sept. 2019. Sample meters will also be installed in some residential sectors.

Recreation, Culture and Community Life – Council voted a grant of $3,000 for the Brome Lake Film Commission; $10,890 for the Midnight Madness; $7,500 for three years for the J’inviterai l’enfance project and $20,000 for the Theatre to update its technical equipment.

January – Francine Bastien
The mayor chaired the meeting. All councillors were present. Five citizens were in the audience.

Administration – Council awarded a $281,688 contract to Sani- Eco for the treatment of recyclable materials. Council voted to award Town’s management and non-unionized employees a 2% salary increase. A town employee will be suspended without pay for two months as a result of misbehavior.

Land Use and Environment Management – A total of 556 permits were issued in 2018, a slight increase over 2017. The members of the Demolition Committee are: Mayor Richard Burcombe and councillors Lucy Gagnon, Ron Myles and Pierre Laplante.

Leisure, Culture and Community Life – Council voted financial contributions of: $7,000 to Knowlton Film Festival; $8,000 to Knowlton Literary Festival; $20,000 to Canard et gourmandises, an event replacing Duckfest, and $250 to the Brome-Missisquoi Youth Foundation. The Pacte Brome-Missisquoi Committee that will oversee requests for money from the MRC projects are Mayor Richard Burcombe and councillors Ron Myles and David Taveroff.

Next meeting: February 4, 7 p.m. Centre Lac-Brome