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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.


High speed internet – register!

Published on March 1, 2019

The deployment of optical fibre over the territory of the MRC has begun and the firm charged with this work, IHR Telecom, plans connecting homes to the network for Internet, telephone and television services.

Although the Sutton connection will be done starting in 2020, citizens who wish to receive these services can still sign up now so that the IHR firm may complete its action plan for its connecting services to consumers.

The registration form to fill out for citizens interested in a high speed internet connection can be found on the IHR website at the following link: It is therefore an invitation to all citizens of Sutton.

Snow removal of roofs

Published on February 27, 2019

A reminder from the Régie du bâtiment concerning the snow removal of roofs. To read on the subject, click here.

Upcoming meeting for district 5

Published on February 4, 2019

The next District 5 citizens’ meeting, with councillor Lynda Graham, will take place on Monday, February 11 from 7.30PM to 9PM at the Town Hall in the Council Chamber.

Municipal calendar – 2019

Published on December 18, 2018

It is with great pleasure that we present the third edition of the municipal calendar of the Town of Sutton. You will find useful information about municipal services and activities that take place in our community. We would like to thank the citizens who kindly provided photos and who, through their collaboration, contributed greatly to the creation of this calendar.

The challenge of the former Filtex factory site

Published on December 7, 2018

The former Filtex factory is part of our history and occupies a significant site in the very heart of the town. The increasingly dilapidated property was purchased by the Town late in 2017 with the intention of demolishing the structure and bringing new life to this area. In 2018 our insurance company advised us that the building presented an important security risk and should be demolished as soon as possible. This recommendation required the Town to act more quickly than planned and work was started straight away. The Town has undertaken all steps necessary, using specialist help, to prepare for a controlled demolition of the building. The demolition must respect issues of safety, environmental contamination and the salvage of materials wherever possible. The cost of this controlled demolition is estimated at $450,000 and will be funded by a borrowing by-law.

Once demolition is completed the Town will move to on-site sampling; this is needed to establish what contamination may be present. It is also an obligation imposed by the Ministère de l’environnement because the Filtex is listed as a former industrial site. Opportunities for future development will vary relative to what contamination, if any, is found.

Towards the end of November, a further part of the roof fell in due to the recent heavy snow fall. In addition, part of the eastern exterior walls, in the section between Pine and Depot, also collapsed. The Town quickly reviewed the site once more and established that certain sections at the end of rue Dépôt were precarious, posed a danger to our citizens and threatened a Hydro-Québec pole that links a large part of the downtown. In consequence, a partial demolition of the unstable sections took place early in December. Following the recommendations of structural engineers, a barricade has also been erected. This barrier must be respected and all entry on the site is prohibited to ensure public safety.

The site of the former Filtex factory represents significant financial and practical challenges in the short term. We believe however that it also represents a massive opportunity to create something that will benefit our entire community. Your council is fully committed to an open dialogue with the community as soon as the limitations of the site (particularly as regards contamination) are known; consultations will follow in a timely manner. Meanwhile, Héritage Sutton is completing research on the site and will prepare a full historical report including oral histories from former employees. The historical context of the site will serve to feed all our thoughts on the future of the site.

The council undertakes to inform the community regarding all significant developments and looks forward to a fruitful dialogue with you all in this important development for our Town.

Michel Lafrance, Mayor

Important information regarding the former Filtex site

Published on November 30, 2018

The recent heavy snowfall has resulted in a further partial collapse of the roof plus part of the exterior wall of the former Filtex site. The result is debris in the area next to the building in the section between Depot and Pine streets.

The safety of all is our priority. An inspection of the site was made on Friday following notification of the event. We are told that there is no immediate danger however the security perimeter around the building has been extended and must be respected.  We ask our citizens to cooperate in this way.   

The Town will monitor the situation closely. The process to ensure the safe demolition of the building at the earliest possible moment continues.

Launch of the baby gym

Published on November 20, 2018

Come in large numbers to enjoy the baby gym!

The activity will be held on Saturday mornings from 10:30 am to 12:30 pm from December 1st to December 22nd at the Sutton School gymnasium.

This activity is for children 0 to 5 years old accompanied by their parents or grandparents. The baby gym is an opportunity to play indoors in a safe space for children in the winter season. An animator will be on site to offer motor skill courses and games for children to develop their overall psychomotricity and their spatio-temporal skill. Free play for the children and their parents is also promoted.

For more information contact :
Jérémy Haman
Coordinator of the recreation and community life service of the Town of Sutton
[email protected]