Municipality Week: Did you know that… (5/5)
As part of Municipality Week, from September 10 to 16, the Town of Sutton is sharing with you information about YOUR municipality, YOUR environment.
- Sutton was first established as a village municipality in 1896. It was granted town status in 1962, although the minimum population requirement of 2,000 was not met at the time. On July 4, 2002, the merger of the Town of Sutton and the Sutton Township created the present-day Town of Sutton.
- The motto of the Town of Sutton (before the merger) was “Diversitas non dissensio”, meaning diversity, not dissension.
- In 1898, on the night of April 15, a fire raged through the heart of the village, razing the buildings between Rue Dépôt and Rue Pine to the ground. The Boright & Safford store, which also served as the post office (now Rumeur Affamée), was spared. Immediately after what became known as “the Great Fire“, the municipal council created a volunteer fire department and the Town of Sutton’s water system (more details on the History page of our website).
- The Town of Sutton’s public safety department, with 38 firefighters (including 4 in training) and 20 first responders, responded to 146 fire incidents and 183 first responder incidents in 2022.
- In 2006, the Town of Sutton proceeded to bury the electrical poles and wires on rue Principale, between the two railroad tracks, thus embellishing the tourist artery in the heart of the village.
- The grader is the largest vehicle in the Public Works and Fixed Assets fleet: it weighs 25 T (55,115 lb) and measures 8.90 m (29’2”) with a wheelbase of 2.50 m (8’5”). It is used for gravel road maintenance in summer and de-icing in winter. You can come and admire it at the Town Hall and Fire Station open house tomorrow morning, Saturday September 16, between 9 a.m. and 12 p.m.
- The fountain in front of the Town Hall was sculpted in the shape of wild rhubarb leaves, a plant native to the region. To find out more: guided tour of the works in the Town Hall collection tomorrow, Saturday September 16 at 11 a.m.