North Hat­ley Roads, roads and de­tour

Stanstead Journal - - NEWS BRIEFS - Staff North Hat­ley

It was as if the only is­sue in the heart and minds of those present at last Mon­day’s North Hat­ley monthly meet­ing was roads, pot­holes and long de­tours to reach the vil­lage on the lake.

Ques­tion pe­riod was taken up first by congratulations to coun­cil for its han­dling of the park­ing reg­u­la­tions that have smoothed the way for a bet­ter tourist ex­pe­ri­ence in North Hat­ley: more lee­way and time to see the vil­lage be­fore be­ing hit with a $40 park­ing ticket.

An irate cit­i­zen asked if liv­ing past Wood­ward on Mas­saw­ippi road was a curse. He com­plained, the coun­cil agree­ing, that the street is full of pot­holes. He was as­sured that by Labour Day the holes would be filled.

Next was a strong del­e­ga­tion from Rablee Street ask­ing when the street would be paved. Ac­cord­ing to the town’s cal­cu­la­tions, it prefers to wait un­til a street in a de­vel­op­ment is built to 80% be­fore paving. The paving could be an item on next year’s bud­get.

Be­fore that, Mayor Michael Page gave a brief sum­mary of the slow ac­tiv­i­ties in the month of July. First, the re­tain­ing walls on Sher­brooke Street will be re­built as soon as pos­si­ble, law­suit or not. Then, if all goes ac­cord­ing to plan, and the sorry ex­pe­ri­ence of Ayer’s Cliff shows that some­times the best-laid plans are side­tracked by bu­reau­cracy, North Hat­ley’s boil­ing no­tice, six years old this Christ­mas, could be lifted next fall if Que­bec agrees with the mu­nic­i­pal­ity’s plans for a new wa­ter fil­tra­tion plant that would be con­structed on McKay Street.

And fi­nally, coun­cil, the mayor and gen­eral di­rec­tor Léonard Castag­ner are mad about Que­bec’s Depart­ment of trans­ports folly of putting a big sign up 650 me­ters af­ter the fork into Sher­brooke road, in­di­cat­ing a 40 kilo­me­tre de­tour to get into North Hat­ley: through Ayer’s Cliff and Au­toroute 55! Noth­ing can be done ac­cord­ing to the vil­lage.

Photo Stanstead Jour­nal

Sign posted 650 me­ters from the in­ter­sec­tion of route 143 and Sher­brooke road, say­ing that your con­tri­bu­tion to global warn­ing will go an­other 40 kilo­me­tres.

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