Hatley Township News
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.