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Stanstead Journal - - NEWS - Vic­to­ria Vanier North Hat­ley

At­North Hat­ley’s last town meet­ing, a spe­cial one which was held on De­cem­ber 12th, the North Hat­ley Re­cre­ation So­ci­ety (NHRS) re­ceived a gift of a Zam­boni to clear off the town’s out­door rink. The Zam­boni was given to the recre­ational or­ga­ni­za­tion by the Ritchie Broth­ers auc­tion house. Mayor Michael Page and the town’s gen­eral di­rec­tor, Leonard Castag­ner, re­ceived the au­tho­ri­sa­tion to buy the tennis courts from the golf club. Of the $120,000 price tag for the two courts, $52,000 was raised by the NHRS.

Although prop­erty eval­u­a­tions have in­creased, many house­holds will have a smaller tax bill for 2012. Ser­vice fees have been re­duced and now lake­side prop­erty own­ers, whose val­ues have in­creased con­sid­er­ably, will pay a greater share of the tax bur­den.

There were only a few cit­i­zens at North Hat­ley’s reg­u­lar coun­cil meet­ing held on De­cem­ber 5th which was pri­mar­ily a work­ing meet­ing. The mu­nic­i­pal­ity was able to se­cure a good bor­row­ing rate of 2.73% which prop­erty tax­pay­ers should be happy about. Mayor Michael Page gave his an­nual re­port. The prepa­ra­tion of the plans and the work to con­struct the water fil­tra­tion plant is com­plete and the Regie des eaux Mas­saw­ippi will soon be­gin an­a­lyz­ing the bids to do the work which is slated to be­gin in the spring of 2012.

Inthe De­cem­ber 7th edi­tion of the Stanstead Jour­nal there was an ar­ti­cle en­ti­tled ‘Too poor to play – but not to pay’, which chron­i­cled com­ments made by coun­cil­lors at De­cem­ber’s Mu­nic­i­pal Coun­cil meet­ing. In re­sponse to that ar­ti­cle, the Stanstead Jour­nal was con­tacted by Mu­nic­i­pal Coun­cil­lor, Jody Stone, who wished to fur­ther com­ment on the night in ques­tion with his opin­ions on some of the is­sues dis­cussed. In our con­ver­sa­tion with Mr. Stone, he stated that he be­lieved the ques­tions asked of coun­cil at the De­cem­ber 5th pub­lic coun­cil meet­ing by Mr. Dave Dubois and the Stanstead Jour­nal were ‘crit­i­cal’, stat­ing he checked with other coun­cil­lors who felt like­wise. Mr. Stone went on to say that the coun­cil­lors worked very hard and some did not feel the pos­i­tive con­tri­bu­tions they made to the com­mu­nity were ap­pre­ci­ated or rec­og­nized. This same com­plaint was voiced to the Stanstead Jour­nal by Coun­cil­lor Michele Richard at the mu­nic­i­pal meet­ing in ques­tion. It should be noted she was ap­proached by the Jour­nal af­ter the meet­ing and asked sev­eral times what pos­i­tive ini­tia­tives she wished to doc­u­ment. She de­clined to speak of the sub­ject and walked away.

Mr. Stone dis­cussed with the Stanstead Jour­nal some of the coun­cil’s ini­tia­tives he wished to com­mu­ni­cate to the pub­lic, as well as his com­plaints per­tain­ing to the per­ceived crit­i­cism of this pa­per to the coun­cil­lors dur­ing the pro­ceed­ings of De­cem­ber 5th. Mr. Stone was kind enough to put some of these thoughts in writ­ing later that same day.

Con­cern­ing the is­sue of the $25,000 do­na­tion to the col­lege, Mr. Stone states that the coun­cil do­nates an av­er­age of $5,000 to many lo­cal ini­tia­tives, and that this is nor­mal con­sid­er­ing the ben­e­fits the Arena brings to the com­mu­nity. He claims the town has been giv­ing ap­prox­i­mately $3,000 a year to Bor­der Mi­nor Hockey and re­cently switched to a sub­sidy pro­gram, with pay­ments given retroactively to reg-

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