Hat­ley News

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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.

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