Castag­ner’s last stand

Stanstead Journal - - NEWS - Staff

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.

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