Saint-James Hall – The mu­nic­i­pal­ity goes ahead

Stanstead Journal - - NEWS - Vic­to­ria Vanier Hat­ley

Un­der the $400,000 bor­row­ing bylaw for the Saint-James Hall re­pairs, cit­i­zens of the mu­nic­i­pal­ity of Hat­ley were in­vited, Au­gust 17th 2013, to sign a reg­is­ter re­quest­ing a referendum on the topic. Ac­cord­ing to the Reg­is­trar, Mr. Roland Gas­con, 63 cit­i­zens came to sign the reg­is­ter. Con­sid­er­ing that the Loi sur les élec­tions et référen­dums dans les mu­nic­i­pal­ités re­quired 95 sig­na­tures, the pro­ject is con­sid­ered ac­cepted by the ma­jor­ity of the pop­u­la­tion. Con­se­quently, the mu­nic­i­pal coun­cil has de­cided to pur­sue the pro­ce­dures and sub­mit the bylaw to the Min­istère des Af­faires Mu­nic­i­pales for ap­pro­ba­tion.

Fol­low­ing an agree­ment with the Angli­can Church, the mu­nic­i­pal­ity of Hat­ley has ac­quired, for $1, the Saint-James Hall and the lot frontage of about 13 000 square me­ters. The mu­nic­i­pal­ity ex­pects to restore this her­itage build­ing, built in 1837, into a com­mu­nity cen­ter. It is a pro­ject re­quested by sev­eral cit­i­zens for a num­ber of years. To do so, the mu­nic­i­pal­ity has re­ceived $470,000 in fi­nan­cial as­sis­tance from the Min­istère du Pat­ri­moine et de

la Cul­ture, the Pacte ru­ral, the Hat­ley Li­brary As­so­ci­a­tion and the St-James Foun­da­tion. To com­plete the pro­ject fi­nanc­ing, the mu­nic­i­pal­ity plans to bor­row $200,000 and make up the dif­fer­ence by rais­ing funds.

While en­sur­ing the sus­tain­abil­ity of this pat­ri­mo­nial jewel, the mu­nic­i­pal­ity pro­vides its cit­i­zens with new fa­cil­i­ties for the hold­ing of var­i­ous leisure ac­tiv­i­ties and cul­ture.

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