Coat­i­cook – a grow­ing com­mu­nity

Stanstead Journal - - FROM PAGE ONE - Vic­to­ria Vanier

Theyear 2014 was not only a year of cel­e­bra­tion in Coat­i­cook, it was also a year of growth. In the res­i­den­tial sec­tor, 259 con­struc­tion per­mits were is­sued, thirty more than in 2013. Twenty-two of the new per­mits were for new con­struc­tions. In the com­mer­cial sec­tor, 32 per­mits were is­sued, four of those for new con­struc­tions. Eight per­mits were is­sued in the in­dus­trial sec­tor, rep­re­sent­ing an in­vest­ment of $6,326,700, or five mil­lion more than the pre­vi­ous year.

When it comes to agri­cul­tural devel­op­ment, nine per­mits were is­sued, two more than in 2013. The value of the per­mits is­sued in 2014, $801,000, was dou­ble those of 2013. More than two hun­dred other per­mits, for a value of $656,252, were also is­sued. In to­tal, there was a 100% in­crease in the to­tal value of per­mits, go­ing from $12,664,236 to $25,217,191.

The town also re­cently adopted, at the Jan­uary coun­cil meet­ing, a pol­icy to en­cour­age new con­struc­tion. Builders will re­ceive re­bates from the town in the fol­low­ing amounts: $1000 to $3000 for con­dos from 3 ½ to 5 ½ rooms and more; $500 to $1,500 for new apart­ments from 3 ½ to 6 ½ rooms and more. De­vel­op­ers are ex­pected to be­gin build­ing the con­do­mini­ums at the for­mer site of the Beld­ing-Cor­ti­celli plant this year.

The town hired the EXP en­gi­neer­ing firm to elab­o­rate a regular in­spec­tion pro­gram for the sus­pended walk­ing bridge that crosses over the Coat­i­cook River in the Parc de la Gorge. Dur­ing last year’s tourist sea­son, the ex­treme pop­u­lar­ity of the Foresta Lu­mina in­stal­la­tion drew thou­sands more peo­ple to the park than in past years, and most of those took the sus­pended bridge since it is part of the Foresta Lu­mina cir­cuit.

The firm pro­posed an in­spec­tion pro­gram based on a three year cy­cle: one an­nual in­spec­tion two of ev­ery three years, from the ground up by foot and with the use of binoc­u­lars, but no spe­cial equip­ment; and one gen­eral in­spec­tion one year out of ev­ery three. The cost to the town will be $1,500 per vis­ual in­spec­tion, roughly $18,000 for each gen­eral in­spec­tion and $6,000 for a struc­tural anal­y­sis of the bridge.

Coat­i­cook would like to be rec­og­nized as a Vil­lage-re­lais, a mu­nic­i­pal­ity that can of­fer 24-hour lodg­ing and food ser­vices, and is tak­ing the nec­es­sary steps with the Min­istry of Trans­port to re­ceive this ac­cred­i­ta­tion.

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