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Stanstead Journal - - FORUM - Vic­to­ria Vanier, Hat­ley

The­mu­nic­i­pal­ity of Hat­ley is still in dis­cus­sions with the Angli­can Church over St. James Hall, the much-used her­itage build­ing lo­cated on the Hat­ley Com­mons. The town would like to be­come the owner of the build­ing, but only if it gets con­fir­ma­tion that the Que­bec government grant of $280,000, an­nounced in 2010, would still be avail­able if the Angli­can Church sells the build­ing to the mu­nic­i­pal­ity. The to­tal cost of the ren­o­va­tions was es­ti­mated at $400,000 just a few years ago.

“We’re still study­ing the idea but the ob­jec­tive of the Hat­ley coun­cil is to make a de­ci­sion about St. James Hall this year,” com­mented the town’s gen­eral di­rec­tor, Roland Gas­con.

At the be­gin­ning of the month, the Mem­phrem­a­gog RMC (Re­gional mu­nic­i­pal coun­cil) an­nounced

an ad­di­tional grant of $100,000 for the ren­o­va­tion of St. James Hall un­der the Pacte Ru­ral pro­gram. “The Pacte Ru­ral will give us this money only if the town is the owner of the prop­erty and af­ter all the work is done,” ex­plained Mr. Gas­con.

“There are still many steps to take and we want to make sure that, once it’s done, it will be done right,” he added.

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