North Hat­ley News

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The town of North Hat­ley adopted a res­o­lu­tion at the monthly coun­cil meet­ing for a new com­mu­ni­ca­tion tool to keep res­i­dents abreast of im­por­tant is­sues and de­vel­op­ments go­ing on, par­tic­u­larly the Se­niors Res­i­dence de­vel­op­ment project. The new tool will be a reg­u­lar news­let­ter that will be ad­dressed to each home and will be sent out much more fre­quently than the town bul­letin which goes out ev­ery three months. “We’ll also put the new news­let­ter up on our new web­site, which will be ready soon, and res­i­dents will be able to send in ques­tions on the new web­site,” said North Hat­ley mayor, Michael Page. “The point is to be trans­par­ent. Not ev­ery­one can come to the meet­ings but we want to keep people in­formed on a reg­u­lar ba­sis.”

The town fared well af­ter the flood­ing in April. “We had in­stalled more sand­bags than ever be­fore and that helped a lot,” said Mr. Page. The coun­cil will send a let­ter to Postes Canada which wants to close the North Hat­ley Post Of­fice on Satur­days, ask­ing that the front door at least be kept open so weekend res­i­dents can ac­cess their mail.

Vis­i­tors with boats will get a bit of a park­ing break in the fu­ture as their park­ing fee will now be in­cluded in the cost of their boat-wash­ing and launch­ing. “We just wanted to sim­plify things be­cause some­times vis­i­tors are con­fused and then frus­trated when they get a park­ing ticket. Our pur­pose is not to give park­ing tick­ets and we want people to feel wel­come here,” ex­plained the mayor. Park­ing in the park­ing lot for the day is $5 while park­ing on the streets is free and there is no longer any time limit. “We used to charge $10 to park in the lot but we cut that in half to show that we wanted people to visit.” The park­ing in the cen­tral park­ing lot used to be free be­fore the town paved the lot and in­stalled bet­ter light­ing af­ter mul­ti­ple com­plaints from vis­i­tors and res­i­dents alike.

The town’s sec­ond an­nual Mother’s Day Half Marathon at­tracted al­most five hun­dred run­ners thanks to the first lovely weather of the year. The brunch af­ter the marathon un­der the big tent in River Park was also well-at­tended.

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