Paving project has its opponents
Hatley Township was planning to hold a special “consultation” with the residents of its Hatley Acres sector yesterday evening. The meeting was called after many residents expressed concern over the project to pave the Hatley Acres Road, presently a mostly gravel road passing through the municipality.
“It is a nice project that we had planned to do in three stages,” said mayor Pierre Levac about the paving job that began last summer, surprising some residents. “Certain residents, less than ten, would lose between one foot and eleven feet of their land, and people are never happy about that. A few trees along the road would also be cut down,” explained the mayor about the main reasons for the opposition to the project along this scenic rural route.
“The problem with this road is that it’s old and hard to maintain as it is. We’re always adding gravel to it in the spring and, along the road where there are no ditches, a lot of the sediment runs off; that’s not good for the environment. We need to make the road wider where there are no ditches, adding ditches there,” added Mr. Levac.
See next week’s Stanstead Journal for a report of the meeting which was ending after this week’s newspaper went to press.