Long­est ques­tion pe­riod?

Stanstead Journal - - NEWS BRIEFS - Staff, North Hat­ley

In what may well have been North Hat­ley’s monthly meet­ing’s long­est ques­tion pe­riod ever, timed at a bit close to 135 min­utes, the Lal­ib­erté project once again was num­ber one on the mind of the cit­i­zens present.

The con­tro­ver­sial project raises al­most more ques­tions ev­ery time an an­swer is pro­vided by coun­cil. No­body seems able to pro­vide ei­ther a flow­chart, less a time­line, of how the project is pro­ceed­ing at the Mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties, the MRD and the En­vi­ron­ment min­istry. We even learned that the process to eval­u­ate the flood zone was not ini­ti­ated by the town, but by neigh­bour­ing Hat­ley Town­ship who asked the MRC to study how to mod­ify the plan­ning of the Coat­i­cook River and ‘ac­ci­den­tally’ must in­clude the last cou­ple of hun­dred me­ters at the out­let of Lake Mas­saw­ippi.

The site to be re-de­vel­oped would in­clude one hun­dred and fifty se­niors suites, a mar­ket that is sat­u­rated in the Town­ships, plus, in a sec­ond phase, more apart­ments, commercial and re­tail space, and a two hun­dred and fifty place un­der­ground park­ing. All in a for­mer marsh.

An­other ques­tion that raised in­ter­est from more than one par­tic­i­pant is the fate of the Scowen do­na­tion of more than thirty years ago. The site is now the sub­ject of le­gal pro­ceed­ings on the part of the do­na­tors whose pa­tience seems to have lim­its as when the park, co-owned still by North-Hat­ley and Hat­ley Town­ship, will be de­vel­oped ac­cord­ing to the deed. It seems that the fam­ily has no ob­jec­tion that the RIPI, the joint fire depart­ment, build its fire­house there, but at the same time they want the park to be ac­ces­si­ble in a sen­si­ble way.

Due to some ‘ac­count­ing’ prob­lems, the town has a deficit of $227,000. The ra­tio­nal ex­pla­na­tion be­ing that the Prov­ince has changed its ac­count­ing rules for mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties and that the town had no choice but to fol­low them. It’s more of an ac­count­ing prob­lem than a cash prob­lem, to tell the truth.

Fi­nally, if you want to send an email to coun­cil, di­rectly, they have an email ad­dress: com­mu­ni­ca­tion@ northat­ley.com (note that there is only one h). This may be the most se­cure way of com­mu­ni­cat­ing with coun­cil. It’s in writ­ing, al­ways help­ful as Coun­cil­lor Pauline Far­ru­gia noted; you have a copy on your com­puter and your email provider servers, the town also has copies on their com­puter and servers.

And a note that there will be a by-elec­tion on Novem­ber 2nd to re­place re­tir­ing Coun­cil­lor Carrol Haller.

Photo Stanstead Jour­nal

Mayor Michael Page lis­ten­ing dur­ing the two hour ques­tion pe­riod.

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