Hat­ley Town­ship News

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Prop­er­ty­taxes are go­ing down in the Mu­nic­i­pal­ity of Hat­ley Town­ship. “We are low­er­ing the gen­eral tax from .45 to .44 per $100 and low­er­ing the tax for the Sureté du Que­bec from .05 to .04. With ev­ery­thing com­bined we are low­er­ing the tax from .67 to .65,” said mayor Pierre Levac. The fee for garbage col­lec­tion is also de­creas­ing, go­ing from $200 per house­hold to $160. “We’ve been very lucky. Since July of 2010 our tax rev­enues have gone up about 17%. House val­ues are go­ing up and our pop­u­la­tion went up just a bit. We have a very good pol­icy to en­cour­age peo­ple to come here,” added the mayor.

Main projects go­ing on in this mu­nic­i­pal­ity in 2012 will be fo­cussed on road im­prove­ment. Close to 80% of Hat­ley Town­ship’s bud­get is used for reg­u­lar ser­vices. “The rest of our bud­get will go mainly to­wards our roads. We will fin­ish paving the last part of Chemin Du­nant. There is al­ways a lot of prepa­ra­tion done to the road be­fore which is very costly. We will also do some ma­jor re­pair work on the Hat­ley Acres Road. We are do­ing a sur­vey on the de­vel­op­ment at Hat­ley Acres and will con­sider as­phalt­ing. In the past we had less peo­ple us­ing the roads and we could use cal­cium about twice a year to keep the dust down. But now there are so many peo­ple us­ing these roads. Yes­ter­day and this morning there were icy parts on the gravel roads but the as­phalted roads were fine,” ex­plained Mr. Levac.

Some Hat­ley Town­ship res­i­dents who have been highly in­con­ve­nienced by the clos­ing of the Capel­ton Bridge on route 108 have come up with a par­tial so­lu­tion. “Some of our res­i­dents had an idea which was well pre­sented to the coun­cil about open­ing the Eustis Bridge for the win­ter. We spoke with the Min­is­ter of Trans­port who

SomeOg­den res­i­dents are in for a sur­prise when they re­ceive their next tax bill in the com­ing weeks. The val­u­a­tion of many prop­er­ties will have changed fol­low­ing the ‘mod­ern’ way that the homes were eval­u­ated over the sum­mer. “We are the guinea pig for the new way of eval­u­at­ing prop­er­ties. Last sum­mer the eval­u­a­tors ran around with tablets or ipads and made notes in de­tail,” ex­plained Og­den mayor Joe Stairs. The kind of ma­te­rial used for the floor­ing, the sid­ing, the kind of heat­ing sys­tems and de­tails such as these were noted by the eval­u­a­tors. “What we’ve seen is more ac­cu­rate eval­u­a­tions but they will pro­duce in­ter­est­ing re­sults. Some eval­u­a­tions will be dif­fer­ent. We’re ex­pect­ing some reaction from some prop­erty own­ers, but it they think about what they would sell their prop­erty for…”

Ma­gog­based Boréalis, founded less than a decade ago in 2004, is send­ing a team next week to Africa with its new mo­bile ap­pli­ca­tions avail­able for Black­berry, An­droid, iphone and ipad. It’s an­other step in the com­pany ef­forts aim­ing to con­tin­u­ally meet the needs of in­ter­na­tional clients in the mining, oil and gas in­dus­tries who are work­ing in dif­fi­cult con­di­tions in the field.

These mo­bile ap­pli­ca­tions are com­pat­i­ble with the Bo­re­alis IMS, the so­cial re­spon­si­bil­ity and en­vi­ron­men­tal per­for­mance soft­ware that makes it pos­si­ble for em­ploy­ees to work off-line and pa­per­less wher­ever they op­er­ate around the globe.

“When work­ing in the desert or in the jun­gle in ex­treme con­di­tions, net­work ac­cess is fre­quently dif­fi­cult. Our part­ners have ex­pe­ri­enced this prob­lem with con­nec­tiv­ity on a re­peated ba­sis. We de­vel­oped these new ap­pli­ca­tions in col­lab­o­ra­tion with them to fur­ther fa­cil­i­tate their work,” said the Chief Tech­nol­ogy Of­fi­cer, Philippe Ham­mond.

“Com­pa­nies in the mining, oil and gas fields have been tak­ing ad­van­tage of our so­cial re­spon­si­bil­ity and en­vi­ron­men­tal per­for­mance soft­ware Bo­re­alis IMS for more than five years. Thanks to our new ap­pli­ca­tions, they will con­tinue to do so with greater au­ton­omy,” ex­plained the pres­i­dent, Jules Pa­que­tte.

Mr. Pa­que­tte told the Stanstead Jour­nal yes­ter­day that a team will be leav­ing for Africa with the new ap­pli­ca­tion on ipad. Amaz­ingly, he who works with com­put­ers day long did take some time to get his tablet fired up. “When we are used to work in a Win­dows en­vi­ron­ment, it some­times takes a while to get go­ing with some­thing dif­fer­ent,” he said, laugh­ing. Bo­re­alis, oc­cu­py­ing space in two lo­ca­tions in Ma­gog, of­fers com­pre­hen­sive so­lu­tions aimed at stream­lin­ing its clients’ busi­ness pro­cesses and en­sur­ing that they are equipped to ful­fil their sus­tain­abil­ity and cor­po­rate so­cial re­spon­si­bil­ity (CSR) com­mit­ments. Bo­re­alis is in­ter­na­tion­ally rec­og­nized for its ex­em­plary so­lu­tions in the so­cial and en­vi­ron­men­tal im­pact man­age­ment of ma­jor projects, par­tic­u­larly in the mining, oil and gas in­dus­tries.

Mr. Pa­que­tte, who looks a lot like Daniel Lan­glois of Sof­tim­age when the lat­ter was his age, heads a com­pany that looks like any start-up in Sil­i­con Val­ley: row af­ter row of young, en­gaged work­ers work­ing on soft­ware, ex­cept that they are in Ma­gog.

Based on Web tech­nolo­gies, the Bo­re­alis IMS is the only soft­ware that pro­vides a proven so­lu­tion that can meet the so­cial and en­vi­ron­men­tal chal­lenges fac­ing the ex­trac­tive in­dus­try.

Bo­re­alis’ Chief Tech­nol­ogy Of­fi­cer Philippe Ham­mond demon­strated the com­pany’s new apps on an ipad.

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