Capel­ton Bridge to re­open some Christ­mas

Stanstead Journal - - NEWS - Staff North Hat­ley

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.

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