Hat­ley wants to hook up with Voie des Pi­o­nniers

Stanstead Journal - - NEWS BRIEFS - Vic­to­ria Vanier

The mill rate for Hat­ley res­i­dents has come down, go­ing from .50/$100 to .48/$100. “We were able to lower the tax rate by re­duc­ing the mu­nic­i­pal salaries, chang­ing the struc­ture. We now have one less em­ployee which saves the mu­nic­i­pal­ity about $50,000 a year,” said Hat­ley mayor De­nis Fer­land.

Hat­ley is hop­ing to join the “Voie des Pi­o­nniers” (Pi­o­neer Trail) of the Coat­i­cook MRC. If a grant is ap­proved, a “Jardin des Pi­o­nniers” would be in­stalled, fea­tur­ing sev­eral large metal sil­hou­ette sculp­tures, on the Hat­ley Com­mons un­der the large maples. “We had to take down one of the old maples last year so we would prob­a­bly in­stall the gar­den in that area,” ex­plained Mr. Fer­land. The Hat­ley pi­o­neer who would be im­mor­tal­ized by the sculp­ture is Rev­erend James Ste­wart, the first Angli­can rev­erend in Hat­ley and the se­cond Angli­can Bishop of Que­bec. His sculp­ture would be joined by three oth­ers pi­o­neers from other towns along the Voie des Pi­o­nniers.

The mu­nic­i­pal­ity has adopted a new pol­icy of main­tain­ing sev­eral “chemins de tol­er­ance”, pri­vate roads in the ar­eas of Perkins Bay, Wood­land Bay and Do­maine Hat­ley. “We de­cided to do this to im­prove the ac­cess to homes in those ar­eas for fire and safety mea­sures. The own­ers first had to im­prove the roads to meet cer­tain cri­te­ria,” said Mr. Fer­land. The mu­nic­i­pal­ity has de­cided to man­age them­selves the sep­tic tank clean­ing sched­ules on its ter­ri­tory. The coun­cil be­lieved the town’s pre­vi­ous clean­ing sched­ule of ev­ery two years, the Mem­phrem­a­gog MRC’s sys­tem, was too fre­quent for some res­i­dences so they have hired their own con­trac­tor.

“The com­mu­nity cen­ter is go­ing well and we are just be­gin­ning a spe­cial course of Span­ish,” men­tioned the mayor. The spe­cial Span­ish course is for farm own­ers who em­ploy Span­ish-speak­ing work­ers, usu­ally from Gu­atemala, and fo­cuses on words used in farm­ing. “Gu­atemalans are well-known for work­ing very well with an­i­mals, so they are of­ten hired on farms in this re­gion,” added the mayor.

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