North Hatley Roads, roads and detour
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.
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.