Public meeting in 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.