Ghostly chills at Hudson Haunted Tour
Residents win cautious victory
300 homes would have been on the hook for half the $2.3 million bill. Residents said they were not consulted before the Town Council adopted the by-law earlier this month.
And, as some noted, the estimated cost was far from final.
“That was only the engineers’ estimated price, the cost could have gone up by who knows how much,” noted Pam Sidhu-Mahal, who has living in the affected area for the past five years.
But Sidhu-Mahal, who helped spearhead an information effort surrounding the bylaw that led to last week’s public meeting, admits not everyone is happy with the reversal.
“Some people are blaming us but as far as I’m concerned the loan by-law asking us to pay 50% is what is being abolished. The extension of AndréChartrand is still up for discussion,” she said.
And she says she has Mayor Pilon’s word on that.
“I spoke with him Friday and he said to put together a committee (of residents) to come up with alternate solutions and then come to him. So that’s what we’re going to do.... We did not want to have this project cancelled. We just didn’t want to pay for half of it,” she insisted.
The Rivière-de-la-Cité residents additionally content they want the town to alter its practice of asking only certain areas of town to pay for what they consider major infrastructures benefitting all.
Get ready for thrills, chills and more than a few things going bump in the night as the Town of Hudson hosts its annual Haunted Village Tour Saturday. The event, for children and adults, will include horse and wagon tours of some of Hudson’s most eerily possessed establishments and landmarks including the Willow Inn, which has long been a rumoured home to some ghostly guests. Tour guides will accompany thrill seekers every step of the way. The event will start at the Stephen F. Shaar Community Centre, located at 394 Main Rd., at 4 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 27. A Witch’s Brew Cafe, an art kiosk, a story telling den and more will be situated at the community centre. Tours, which will run from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m., will depart from the community centre every 10 minutes for the Village Tour. A shuttle bus will depart every 15 minutes from the same location for the Haunting of the Willow Inn Tour. Tickets, $2 for children and $4 for adults, will be available at the door. For information call 450 458-6699.
A fun but eerie Haunted Village Tour of Hudson will take place Saturday evening.