North Hatley News
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.