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