North Hatley News
Several citizens attended Monday night’s council meeting in North Hatley. There was a lot of discussion about the number of North Hatley properties that have recently been bought by Montreal businessman Richard Laliberté. Mr. Laliberté bought a lot of property in Ayer’s Cliff in the last several years, including the Cliff House, which he completely renovated, and other downtown buildings. He is also the developer behind
the Les Hauts de Lac Massawippi project. “People are worried about losing control of what happens to the land,” commented the town’s general manager, Leonard Castagner.
Residents were also concerned about the water level of the lake which is very low. “The water was at its lowest last Sunday at 100.28 metres above sea level. That is about four centimetres lower that what we target at this time of the year,” explained Mr. Castagner. The town usually will keep the water low at this time to help with the fish hatching on the lakebed. Some residents had difficulty getting their boats out, motors scraping on the bottom. The recent rain has brought the level up slightly.
Work will be starting on the 108 next week, necessitating its complete closure for at least six weeks. The transport department is repairing a dip in the road, caused by the soil under the pavement.
The town, as part of the Memphremagog MRC, agreed to the MRC giving the building on Dufferin Street housing the Registry Office to the town of Stanstead. A motion of intention was also made for a code of ethics for all of the town’s employees, as required by law. The council already has their code of ethics. Prizes were given out to the winners of the Village Fleuri contest.