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Brief description of projects
A Katimavik project has been granted to Potton for 2011. On January 5, 11 young Canadian's will be coming to help our volunteer non-profit organizations including some of our neighboring municipalities. Their interventions will fall primarily in eco-citizenship and active living activities.
The round barn is now municipal property and a long term restoration project is considered; funding applications are about to be initiated .''Blitz Culture et Patrimoine'' tabled a report, funded by the MRC's ''Pacte rural',' on the development of the round barn.The municipal council has determined its position on the matter which can be found in ''Living in Potton'' under ''Culture and Heritage'' in ''Round barn development''.
The rehabilitation of roads at Owl's Head is finished. A grant of $1.279 million, obtained from the Canada-Quebec Infrastructure Program, has helped ease the financial burden on the owners of theOwl's Head area.
The Missisquoi Valley Bike Club, partially supported by the municipality built a pump track at the André Gagnon Park located at the north end of the village to allow youth to develop their mastery of mountain biking. This organization also intends to develop a network of trails for mountain biking.
''Le groupe bénévole municipal de Potton'', a new nonprofit organization, has been created to help in the management of municipal properties such as the round barn, the covered bridge and the walking trails and any future acquisitions. The president of this group is Mr Michel Bastien.
The drop-in child care service ''Les petits pieds de Potton'', managed by ''La Maison de la famille Memphrémago' opened in September and accommodates 17 young children. The municipality has pledged to contribute annually, for a period of two years, a sum of around $ 60 000. The aim is to keep young families here for our economic health.
Thanks to a grant of $ 14,093 plus taxes from ''Le fonds de soutien aux territoires en difficulté'' administered by the Memphremagog CLD, the services of Mr Michel Trudel, a Potton resident specialized in tourism, have been retained to formulate, in consultation, a municipal tourist policy which should lead to initiatives that will lead to the improvement of our economic situation.
A financial help request has been forwarded to ''Le ministère de la Famille et des Aînés'' for the preparation of a family policy and the participation in a program for the improvement of services to the elderly. Mr Paul Martel, community organizer with the ''Centre de santé et services sociaux Memphremagog' will lend a hand to Mrs. Patricial Wood, Potton's community organizer, and Ms. Diane Rypinski Marcoux, municipal councillor, in carrying out this process. This should also lead to the establishment of measures that will impact our well-being and attractiveness of our community.
A program to aid the residential renovation and rehabilitation of commercial storefronts in the village limits will be established in 2011, as exists in many other municipalities. This will help revitalize the village of Mansonville.
A program to rectify defective septic systems will also be initiated in 2011. All owners of these will be individually informed of the program and the financial arrangements available.
A professional services contract was awarded to Mrs Karine Cantin, an environmental expert, to analyze our current situation and to suggest ways to meet the new governmental norms in the matter of waste management.