Hatley Acres project gets second look
Aspecial meeting was held, on Monday, regarding the proposed project to widen and pave Hatley Acres Road in Hatley Township, a project which would have seen the removal of many large trees along the road and the loss of property by residents living along the picturesque route. Besides the changes to the landscape, residents were concerned that traffic would speed up along a paved route, further decreasing the bucolic charm of the area. Results of a recent survey had 60% of respondents against the paving and 40% in favour of it.
Attending the meeting were mayor Pierre Levac, two councillors, the Assistant Town Manager and five concerned citizens. “Many of the residents were just dead-set against the project and would have lost some big trees in front of their homes. There have been enough trees cut in the Canton; we used to have many tree tunnels and there are very few left,” commented thirty-year Hatley Township resident, Pat Clowery, who attended the meeting. “We have two experts among our residents, an architect and a road maintenance expert, so we are trying to deviate from the plan of the wide road, deep ditches and cutting of trees. The road does need work,” said Mr. Clowery.
“I believe we had the best meeting so far. It was an informal meeting with eight people, of differing opinions, around the table. Everyone agreed that we need a better road but maybe we’ll cut less trees, make the road narrower and the ditches less deep. We will be going back to the drawing board and, in a few weeks, hopefully we’ll have a presentation that will suit most,” said mayor Pierre Levac.