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.