The challenge of the former Filtex factory site

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

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.

Operation Red Nose

A Holiday Classic: Operation Red Nose Cowansville hits the road starting November 30, 2018. For more information read the press release (in French only) or visit the Facebook page (in French only).

Launch of the baby gym

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]

Invitation – Together let’s talk about health and social services

To view the invitation sent by Centre intégré universitaire de santé et de services sociaux de l’Estrie – Centre hospitalier universitaire de Sherbrookeconsult the following link (in French only)

Upcoming meetings for districts 5 and 2

The next citizens’ meeting of the year for districts 5 and 2 are as follows:

District 5 with Councillor Lynda Graham – Sunday, October 21st from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m., Sutton Town Hall

District 2 with Councillor Diane Duchesne – Sunday, October 28th from 10 a.m. to noon, Sutton Town Hall

Attracting and retaining young people, families and immigrants to Sutton

You can consult the presented document in French only by clicking here

Upcoming meetings for districts 3 and 4

The next citizens’ meeting of the year for districts 3 and 4 are as follows:

District 4 with Councillor Rosanne Cohen – Sunday, September 16th from 10:00 to 12:00, Sutton Junction Community Hall

District 3 with Councillor Patricia Lefèvre – Saturday, September 22th from 10:00 to 12:00, Sutton Junction Community Hall

Appeal to all amateur photographs of Sutton for the 2019 edition of the municipal calendar



2017 Financial Report – highlights

The financial report presented at the council meeting of July 3, 2018 is available by clicking here