The municipality of Hatley’s council voted in their budget at Monday night’s council meeting. The property tax rate remained the same as last year at .50/$100. Residents will see a small reduction in their tax bill of about $20 because the town will pay less for garbage and compost collection this year.
André Martel will take over as General Manager of the town on February 16th, replacing Roland Gascon who will continue with a reduced work load for a time. Mr. Martel has been working as the General Manager of Lingwick and he has served as a town councillor with the town of Ayer’s Cliff. The building inspector resigned before Christmas but the town will wait until the new Manager is in place before hiring a new one. “We have a part-time inspector for now which is good because on the first day we opened in January we received six requests for renovation permits. It’s encouraging,” said mayor Denis Ferland.
The new community centre, located in the restored St. James Hall, is going well. “We have about a dozen
courses going on and about one hundred people participating. About fifteen have enrolled in the Spanish course,” said Mr. Ferland. Information about all the courses can be found on the town’s website.
The laisirs d Hi er activity is being held earlier than usual in Hatley this winter, on January 31st. In past years it has been held on the same day as that of other municipalities, forcing people to choose one activity or another.