Castagner’s last stand
Léonard Castagner’s last meeting as general director of North Hatley came last Monday and it ends his career as he can now be called “retired”. Above sixtyfive, he had been at the helm of the municipality’s day to day operations for eight years.
He will be succeeded by Daniel Décary who was busy taking notes Monday evening as the everlasting question of the Laliberté project came back in force, but with less than twenty citizens protesting this time. No new arguments being presented by either side, observers had the feeling of watching an elaborate Sufi whirling performance, everyone turning the issue to their advantage in a blur of moving around themselves. The next real test for the project is not in the hand of the municipality but of the MRC who will have to decide in early January of 2015 on the status of the flood plain around the river.
Apart from this, it was business as usual, Mayor Michael Page presenting his annual speech. Valuation will be down on average by a bit less than two percent, a fact noted with a smirk by a citizen present whose valutation is raised year after year. The property value of North Hatley is around $180,000,000. Another point came as lighting on some private buildings on Main Street may change, the town admitting that it doesn’t have the proper regulation to see to it that the proposal is respected as no evaluation of the intensity and calorimetry of the present lighting scheme has been done and that, anyhow, the town has no norms on the subject.
New General Manager, Daniel Décary, listening as the soon former one, Léonard Castagner, takes notes of the proceedings.
New councillor Normand Jolicoeur at his first meeting.