Free parking returns to 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.