Pub­lic meet­ing in Ste-Cather­ine-de-Hat­ley

Stanstead Journal - - NEWS BRIEFS - Vic­to­ria Vanier Ste.Cather­ine-de-Hat­ley

The lovely vil­lage of Ste-Cather­ine-de-Hat­ley is look­ing to the fu­ture and its res­i­dents have an im­por­tant role to play. Next Mon­day, Jan­uary 14th at 7:30 pm, a pub­lic meet­ing will be held at the town’s Com­mu­nity Hall to dis­cuss a re­vi­tal­iza­tion plan that will be drawn up with the aid of Fon­da­tion Rues Prin­ci­pales, an or­ga­ni­za­tion that helps com­mu­ni­ties re­vi­tal­ize, in par­tic­u­lar, their down­town core.

“We want to con­sult the gen­eral pop­u­la­tion about how we can im­prove our com­mu­nity and make it more dy­namic, par­tic­u­larly the vil­lage cen­tre,” com­mented the town’s gen­eral man­ager Serge Caron. “We want to talk about the things we used to do, what we could do in the fu­ture, new ideas. We want to hear what the com­mu­nity’s strong points are and its weak points.”

A first meet­ing was held in De­cem­ber with just a se­lec­tion of res­i­dents. “At the first meet­ing we looked at two el­e­ments: her­itage and so­cial life,” said Mr. Caron. About thirty peo­ple have been in­vited to the meet­ing next Mon­day, in­clud­ing lo­cal busi­ness peo­ple, peo­ple in­volved in recre­ation and so­cial ac­tiv­i­ties, and or­ga­ni­za­tions that pro­vide ser­vices to the area. “We really wanted peo­ple who are im­pli­cated in the com­mu­nity to take part.” A grant of $20,000 from the Fonds de sou­tien aux ter­ri­toires en dif­fi­culte will pay for this ex­ten­sive sur­vey of the pop­u­la­tion and the draw­ing up of a re­vi­tal­iza­tion plan.

Prop­erty taxes go down

Although the mill rate in Ste-Cather­ine-de-Hat­ley re­mained at 49 cents per $100 eval­u­a­tion, house­holds saw an av­er­age re­duc­tion of $37 on their tax bill. That re­duc­tion was pos­si­ble be­cause res­i­dents are do­ing a good job of man­ag­ing their garbage: re­cy­cling more, com­post­ing more, and send­ing less waste to the dump. “We re­ceived a credit from the government for re­duc­ing our amount of garbage for burial so we trans­ferred that credit to our res­i­dents,” Mr. Caron ex­plained. The town is also sav­ing money by us­ing the ser­vices of

Res­sourcerie Des Fron­tieres, a new ser­vice based in Coat­i­cook that picks up large garbage items of all kinds right from peo­ple’s homes for free. “We no longer have a large garbage pick-up and we col­lect garbage once a month, re­cy­cling twice a month, and com­post once a month in the win­ter and ev­ery two weeks in the sum­mer,” he added.

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