Capelton Bridge to reopen some Christmas
Accordingto North Hatley director general, Leonard Castagner, nobody should expect the Capelton Bridge to reopen this Christmas, but it may at Yuletide time in 2012. The answer was from a question from this newspaper at last Monday’s town meeting, all councillors being present with a dozen or so citizens. The bridge, according to the Department of Transport, will reopen in a year and a half at the earliest.
This brings other problems to the town, which is asking that the province finance a reconstruction of Main Street sometime before the end of the year, as a stretch of it was not built to withstand the heavy truck traffic that the closure of the Capelton Bridge imposes there. This would cost a bit over $50,000. Another issue is the sorry state of McFarlane road just as it enters Sherbrooke. The council is sending a letter to Sherbrooke who may have a budget to cover the needed repairs.
There is another road issue, this time on Sherbrooke Road: the contractor is redoing the retaining wall, built last year, which is going apart everywhere with stones falling on the brand new sidewalk, all caused by shoddy workmanship which was exposed at the first rainfall. That rainfall may be costing the town money if Bishop’s University and Champlain College win the lawsuits that they have launched against almost every town and village that they claim are responsible for the damage done on October 1st of last year. The town is hiring a lawyer to contest this. It is another case of one government-financed institu- tion suing another one, with lawyers in the middle and taxpayers footing the bills.
Questions were asked about dredging the river from the lake head to the dam, in order to prevent flooding. It looks as if this portion of the river is so silted that it is only natural that flooding occurs. Everybody present admitted that there is not too much hope of ever seeing this done.
The old United Church will remain rust-brown coloured, North Hatley having refused a new lightish grey colour.
Pilsen’s, who has asked for a new permit from the provincial authority to present shows, got a limited approval from the town, asking that they stop at midnight. Pressed by the Stanstead Journal, council had to admit that they were at the mercy of the provin-
The retaining wall on Sherbrooke Road, built just last year, isn’t holding back much.