St. James Hall project finally a go !
During the regular monthly council meeting in Hatley, held on August 5th, council adopted a loan by-law for the restoration project of St. James Hall. The by-law is for the amount of $400,000, although council expects the final loan amount to be closer to $200,000. The total cost of the project is estimated at $912,000. A grant of $280,000 has been awarded by the Conseil du patrimoine religieux, $100,000 has been promised from the Pacte Rural program, $60,000 will come from the Hatley Library Association, $30,000 is coming from the St. James Foundation, and $42,000 from the municipality’s internal budget. The municipality will also do more fundraising for the project.
During an information meeting about the project held on August 7th, attended by 28 residents, mayor Denis Ferland gave a powerpoint presentation on the subject. “All of the council is in favour of the project and many residents are anxious to see it hap-
pen. Besides preserving a heritage building which was built in 1837, St. James Hall will be the town’s Community Centre. Local artists have already shown interest in giving free courses and someone else is interested in giving Bridge courses,” said Mr. Ferland enthusiastically.
The work will entail almost a complete re-building of the interior. The walls will be reinforced from the inside to hold a new roof. Insulation will be added to the walls and new thermal windows will be installed. The foundation will be strengthened according to the new codes for public spaces which includes extra reinforcing in the event of an earthquake. The washrooms and
Restoration and repair work to Hatley’s St. James Hall is expected to begin this October.