Free park­ing re­turns to North Hat­ley

Stanstead Journal - - NEWS - Vic­to­ria Vavier North Hat­ley

About twenty-five res­i­dents at­tended Mon­day night’s coun­cil meet­ing in North Hat­ley. The town has hired a grad­u­ate from the CRIFA’s land­scap­ing pro­gram to keep the town’s gar­dens main­tained through­out the sum­mer. “We’ll also get some good ad­vice from her about our gar­dens,” said the town’s Gen­eral Man­ager, Daniel Dé­cary. Two more peo­ple have been hired to pro­vide tourist in­for­ma­tion.

The vis­i­tors to North Hat­ley, and the res­i­dents, will be happy to know that the park­ing will be free in the park­ing lot again this year. A new park­ing area has also been opened up on School Street. “The park­ing lot was full last sum­mer so we will take the same ap­proach this sum­mer. We’ve re­ceived many pos­i­tive com­ments about the new park­ing sys­tem, it was a fi­nan­cial change of only about $20,000, so it wasn’t worth all the bad press and the trou­ble to run the old sys­tem,” ex­plained Mr. Dé­cary.

The town’s sec­re­tary-re­cep­tion­ist Natasha Prince, who has worked at the town for many years, has been pro­moted to the po­si­tion of Ad­min­is­tra­tive As­sis­tant. A sec­re­tary-re­cep­tion­ist will be hired for the busy sum­mer months to help with cler­i­cal du­ties and to re­place Ms. Prince when she is on va­ca­tion.

WIFI ser­vice is presently be­ing in­stalled in down­town North Hat­ley and should be up and run­ning be­fore the end of the month. The ser­vice will cover the area be­tween Dream­land Park, River Park and the fed­eral wharf, al­low­ing vis­i­tors to use their iPhones etc. to bet­ter ad­van­tage. The town will be giv­ing the North Hat­ley Recre­ation So­ci­ety fi­nan­cial sup­port to the tune of $18,000, and $3000 worth of tech­ni­cal help.

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