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Upcoming meeting for districts 1 and 5

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.

Regional shrub distribution day

For more details consult the following link: Regional shrub distribution day

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

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

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: https://mrcbm.qc.ca/fr/cult_paysages.php

 

A message from the Mayor – Challenges and opportunities

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

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 www.sutton.ca 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!

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: https://ihrtelecom.com/application-supplementary-documentation/. It is therefore an invitation to all citizens of Sutton.

Snow removal of roofs

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

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.

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