Paving project has its op­po­nents

Stanstead Journal - - NEWS - Vic­to­ria Vanier Hat­ley

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.

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