Hat­ley News

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Hat­ley’s

mayor, Jac­ques de Le­se­leuc, was not happy when he learnt that the bridge on route 208 would not be fin­ished un­til the spring. “The work started at the end of Au­gust and it was sup­posed to be fin­ished be­fore Christ­mas. Now we have been told that it won’t be com­pleted un­til midApril. Peo­ple are get­ting fed up,” said the mayor. Driv­ers must take a five kilome­tre de­tour.

“The work is ex­pected to be fin­ished by March 31st,” said Julie Gagnon of the Que­bec depart­ment of trans­port. The rea­son given for the de­lay was that “the contractor has en­coun­tered dif­fi­cul­ties while do­ing the work.” De­pend­ing on the rea­sons for the de­lay, the contractor, Opron Con­struc­tion Inc., could be li­able to pay a penalty of $2000 a day for each ad­di­tional day that the work is not com­pleted.

There has been a frac­tional de­crease in the prop­erty tax rate of res­i­dents, go­ing from 50.17 cents to 49.86 cents per $100 of val­u­a­tion. How­ever, the ser­vice fee for the col­lec­tion of garbage and com­post is in­creas­ing from $125 per year to $183 per year. “There was an in­crease in the cost of trans­port,” said the town’s gen­eral di­rec­tor, Roland Gas­con. The con­tract went to bids and the con­tract was given to the ser­vice provider with the best price: Stan­ley

and Danny Tay­lor. The for­mer holder of the con­tract, M. Fearon, did not bid on the job.

St. James Hall Up­date

James Sweeny, the Regis­trar and Prop­erty Man­ager for the Angli­can Dio­cese of Que­bec, is hopeful that the restora­tive work on Hat­ley’s St. James Hall will start this spring and be fin­ished this year. “The plans have been drawn up by an ar­chi­tect and now we are await­ing the re­port of the struc­tural en­gi­neer. I was in the Hall just last week,” ex­plained Mr. Sweeny. The en­gi­neer is look­ing at floor loads, the Hall’s abil­ity to with­stand an earth­quake, snow loads on the roof and other things. “The build­ing code wasn’t the same in 1830 when the Hall was built, they didn’t even con­sider earth­quakes back then. The snow used to melt off the roof but since we will be in­su­lat­ing, that has to be looked at as well. We plan to put the li­brary up on the sec­ond floor again,” he added. Once the en­gi­neer has fin­ished his re­port, ad­just­ments will be made to the ar­chi­tect’s plans. Then a per­mit from the mu­nic­i­pal­ity will be filed for and the con­tract will go to ten­ders.

“If we’re re­ally lucky the work will be fin­ished in time for the Hat­ley Canada Day Cel­e­bra­tion on July 1st,” com­mented the Prop­erty Man­ager. If not, the con­struc­tion work will not af­fect the cel­e­bra­tions ex­cept that the ACW will not be able to serve their de­li­cious lun­cheon in the Hall.

Photo Vic­to­ria Vanier

It will be at least an­other six weeks be­fore the new bridge is built on route 208 in Hat­ley.

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