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Filtex building demolition: Public information meeting

Published on July 11, 2019

As the Filtex building demolition will begin on August 5th , 2019, the Town of Sutton will hold a public information meeting for its citizens. This meeting will be held in the Municipal Council room on Monday, July 15th, 2019, from 7 pm to 8:30 pm.

The General Contractor will be present at this meeting to answer questions about the work schedule, demolition work plan, the disposal and reuse of building materials, circulation on the roads and any other questions citizens may have regarding the demolition of the former Filtex building.

Everyone is welcome!

Presentation of the financial results for 2018

Published on June 28, 2019

The 2018 financial statements were tabled at the Town’s Council meeting of 3 June 2019. The Mayor will present a summary of key facts from the 2018 financial reports at the public meeting of the council on 2 July 2019 at 7.30 pm. The external auditor will also be present.

The presentation of the Summary of the financial results to 31 December 2018 is available here.

Financial statements 2018

Published on June 20, 2019

Every year, the Town of Sutton prepares a financial report on its fiscal year, which runs from January 1 to December 31. It is tabled at a public meeting of the council as soon as the audit work has been completed.  

The financial report must comply with the standards of the ministère des Affaires municipales et de l’Habitation (MAMH) governing the presentation of municipal financial statements. The report presents financial details pertaining to the municipality’s operations, including the following:

  • assets
  • liabilities
  • revenues
  • operating expenses
  • expenditures and revenues related to capital acquisitions.

The 2018 financial statements were tabled at the Town’s Council meeting of 3 June 2019. The Mayor will present the highlights of the 2018 financial reports at the public meeting of the council on July 2, 2019 at 7.30 pm.

You can consult

Summary of the financial information 2018 (In French only)

Financial statements 2018 (In French only)

Upcoming meeting for districts 1 and 5

Published on June 3, 2019

The next meetings for the citizens of districts 1 and 5 are as follos:

District 1 with Councillor Daniel Martin – Sunday, June 16 from 9:30pm to 11:00pm, Sutton Town Hall in the Glen Sutton meeting room.

District 5 with councillor Lynda Graham – Wednesday, July 10 (replaces June 9) from 7.00pm to 8:30pm, Sutton Town Hall in the Glen Sutton meeting room.

A message from the Mayor – Understanding our past, planning for the future

Published on April 4, 2019

Did you know that, prior to the arrival of Yarntex/Filtex in 1955, the area bound by Pine, Principale, du Dépôt and the train station, was full of businesses and lodgings and was considered the liveliest neighbourhood in the village?

The evolution of our built heritage in the former railway square, the history of the textile industry on the site and the testimony of many former workers, are all contained in a fascinating report produced by Héritage Sutton.

The research project was financed by the Town of Sutton and the Brome-Missisquoi Pacte rural 2018. The objective is to provide information about the neighbourhood’s past that will help when we come together to reflect on its future. You can find this fascinating report by clicking here (in French only) or a copy can be consulted at the Town Hall during usual business hours.

I will provide updates to citizens regarding the demolition of the buildings as soon as new information becomes available.

Michel Lafrance, Mayor of Sutton

Enhancing our landscapes – participatory mapping activity

Published on March 27, 2019

The MRC has mandated Mille lieux to proceed with the characterization of the Brome-Missisquoi Regional County’s landscapes.  More specifically, the project will

  • Undertake the characterization of landscape dynamics over the Brome-Missisquoi territory;
  • Identify the main territorial dynamics and issues;
  • Develop recommendations and concrete intervention actions to ensure the preservation and the enhancement of Brome-Missisquoi’s landscapes.

This would then make it possible for the MRC to ensure the conservation and the enhancement of the landscapes by using the Regional Development Plan, by implementing cultural and tourism projects that locals will become involved with.

It is essential that citizens and those involved with the territory value our landscapes.

Activity : participatory mapping : TOWN OF SUTTON

It would very useful if each citizen completed the map now available at the Cantine, located at 32 North Principale Street.  Using the supplied pencil, you share with others the names of places which are not necessarily known by everyone and which have not been documented on official or tourism maps.

Objectives of this activity :

  • To highlight the importance of these places which are not officially known by citizens;
  • To discover new areas of belonging;
  • To locate landscapes that the population value;
  • To highlight informal names that the citizens use.

The activity ends April 15th, 2019

For further information regarding the overall project and activities underway, click on the following web site:


A message from the Mayor – Challenges and opportunities

Published on March 26, 2019

The Filtex site, the John Sleeth Community Centre and the Sutton Museum are part of the fabric of our community. Due to their age and condition, each of the three presents its own challenges but together they also present a real opportunity for the future of Sutton – an opportunity for us to work together to build a future of which we can all be proud. In consequence, your Council is looking at different methods of public participation. Methods that will engage the entire community in a genuine dialogue concerning the future of these buildings and sites.

As regards the demolition of the former Filtex factory, the call for tender was issued February 20, 2019. Small amounts of material containing asbestos were known to be in the buildings, e.g., acoustic tiles, and this was detailed in the tender document. However, some potential bidders asked for more information regarding the parts of sections 2, 3 and 4 that collapsed and then, as a matter of security, were demolished late in 2018. Specifically, information regarding what precautions, if any, needed to be taken in the treatment and disposal of this material, versus the rest of the material. In order to ensure a level playing field for all bidders, and the greatest control over cost, the decision was made to cancel the original call for tenders and replace it with a revised version which will be published as soon as possible.

Public security remains my primary concern. I want to remind citizens that entry into the entire site remains prohibited. I also want to assure citizens that, even though the presence of asbestos is judged to be minimal, all appropriate precautions will be taken on the site before and during its demolition as well as consideration of the best possible moment to undertake the work.

Lastly, I am happy to report that after further discussions with La Mutuelle des Municipalités du Québec (MMQ), we can now make public the rapport d’expertise produced, at the request of the MMQ, by the company PYROTECH BEI regarding the state of the structures. The document (in French) may be consulted here or at the Town Hall during usual business hours.

Michel Lafrance, Mayor of Sutton

More modern ways to stay informed

Published on March 14, 2019

Starting 1 April 2019 the Town’s public notices will no longer be published in local newspapers. This new approach is better suited to modern day realities, provides more flexibility and saves money. To help with this change we will continue to publish redirections to the Town web site up until July 1, 2019.

We encourage our citizens to sign up for the Town’s newsletter at to keep up to date with all news items including public notices. You will receive an e mail once a week which resumes all new information published on the web site of the Town including links to the web site as needed.

The Town of Sutton offers several ways for its citizens to stay informed and keep up to date with the municipality:

  • public notices are posted on the official notice boards situated in the village and in Glen Sutton;
  • the Town web site is full of information and new items appear every week;
  • the municipal bulletin is published three times a year;
  • a Facebook page, and a YouTube channel where you can watch recordings of the Council meetings;
  • the weekly newsletter.