Quiet night in North Hat­ley

Stanstead Journal - - FROM PAGE ONE - Staff, 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.

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