North Hatley News
The municipality of North Hatley has agreed to an out-of-court settlement regarding the two files related to the fire that destroyed the Auberge Hatley in 2006. The Groupe Germain, the owners of the inn, were trying to sue the town of North Hatley, the town’s fire department and the plumbing company whose employee inadvertently set off the fire for $9.7 million. “We won’t need to go to court,” commented Leonard Castagner, the town’s general manager, with a little relief in his voice. When the judgement is finalized, an announcement will be made about the amount settled upon.
Another problem, regarding some landscaping work which was done on a property, will also be settled out-of-court. A citizen had changed the path of a creek and removed the natural vegetation on the shore. They have agreed to put the creek back where it belongs and replant the shores with the proper vegetation.
About eight citizens attended Monday night’s council meeting, most to complain about the winter debris that has not yet been completely cleaned up from the town’s streets.
A motion was made for a modification to the zoning by-law. “The council will look into making the regulations on terraces and beach houses more specific,” said Mr. Castagner.
The organizers of North Hatley’s first Mother’s Day Half-Marathon, which takes place this Sunday, are still looking for volunteers for the event that will draw hundreds of visitors to the lakeside community. Any last minute volunteers who would like to take part are invited to attend the meeting this evening, at the Community Centre at 7:00 pm, to find out how they can help.