St. James Hall pro­ject fi­nally a go !

Stanstead Journal - - FRONT PAGE - Vic­to­ria Vanier Hat­ley

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

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Restora­tion and re­pair work to Hat­ley’s St. James Hall is ex­pected to be­gin this Oc­to­ber.

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