Hat­ley News

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Hat­ley’s new mu­nic­i­pal coun­cil, all elected by ac­cla­ma­tion, held its first pub­lic meet­ing last week which was at­tended by eight res­i­dents. “Most of their ques­tions were about a small de­vel­op­ment project. They wanted to know what kind of a project it was and what kind of homes would be go­ing up,” said mayor Denis Fer­land. A pro­moter has bought a piece of land that touches the lake, lo­cated be­side Do­maine Hat­ley. There are eight lots on the prop­erty and the de­vel­oper plans to put up log homes, all in the same style, worth about $500,000 each. Peo­ple are also con­cerned about ero­sion of soil be­side the lake that might be caused by the land­scap­ing of the project. “Once the plan is sub­mit­ted, then we’ll make sure there is no dam­age to the en­vi­ron­ment,” said Mr. Fer­land.

“We’ll be sign­ing the con­tract with the en­tre­pre­neur to do the work on St. James Hall this Wed­nes­day,” added Mr. Fer­land, on Mon­day in the in­ter­view. The ac­tual work is sup­posed to start next week, be­gin­ning with work on the roof. “This file has been very com­plex, but it will be beau­ti­ful when it’s com­pleted.”

Be­sides over­see­ing the ‘re­birth’ of that fa­mous her­itage build­ing through­out the year, Hat­ley’s coun­cil will be tack­ling the prob­lem of the pri­vate roads on its ter­ri­tory. “Es­pe­cially near the lake, there are many pri­vate roads that are of­ten very small. When they were first built they were only used in the sum­mer, but

now many are open year­round,” said Mr. Fer­land. The small roads are a safety is­sue, not pro­vid­ing good ac­cess to emer­gency ve­hi­cles like fire trucks or am­bu­lances. “We want to an­a­lyze dif­fer­ent op­tions to take care of that prob­lem.”

The mu­nic­i­pal­ity is on the point of sign­ing their new fire agree­ment with Ayer’s Cliff, the fu­ture Regie In­cendie

Mas­saw­ippi. A pub­lic meet­ing dur­ing which the board mem­bers to this new fire pro­tec­tion as­so­ci­a­tion will be elected will take place on De­cem­ber 17th.

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