Quiet night in North Hatley
Seems like those interested in the democratic process in North Hatley are more into defending a cause than the general well-being of the municipality if we look at last Monday’s roster of citizens present. A grandiose six showing up!
And this newspaper being the only one with enough cash to pay the gas for its journalist it seems. Not only in North Hatley might we add.
So when it comes to boring, this meeting was hard to beat. With almost nothing on the agenda, if only the obligatory stuff had been discussed, it would have been over in five minutes.
Taxes will not go up, except that most will be hit by around $150 to pay for the new water plant, a ‘tariff’ not a tax. The SQ contribution should remain more or less the same as the MRC is counting the beans differently this year, valuation being used in a new matrix.
The good news is that the town is more and more of a destination for marathons on foot, bike and in the water. Amateurs that compete in them are some of the biggest spenders and that brings much needed clients to the local restaurants and boutiques, not counting that some stay overnight and longer.
And one of the last hindrances to tourism is gone forever. The parking will continue to be free in the municipal parking lots. As the mayor said: “Receiving a call from someone from Mont-Tremblant complaining of getting a $45 ticket after spending a couple of hundred dollars in town is not the best way to attract tourism.”
The bad news is that the winter carnival is cancelled due to the spring temperatures. Massawippi Lake has not iced over completely yet this season.
The six citizens, one for each councillor, at last Monday’s meeting.