Love boat not cleared
Slow nights at City Hall town meetings are usually defined by a minute item that becomes the center of the meeting. At cause, the fact that a citizen’s newly bought boathouse cannot go under the bridge and that, in a town known for its lake, he cannot use it. A mad boater if there was one. All would have ended there, it is not the town’s responsibility after all if someone buys a boat that is unable to pass under the main bridge if not for the gem that we learned: Keys to the federal Wharf are available to some, nobody can tell the number, who then use the facility to launch their vessel, conveniently forgetting, it seems, to have them properly washed. In fact, it puts the whole zebra mussel prevention program in peril. It seems that the town will buy a new lock.
And since the bridge is in dire need of repairs, maybe he is lucky if we are to believe some who question the safety of the structure which is crumbling from under. The MTQ is planning a new one for 2018 and everybody is scratching their heads to find a plan to connect both sides of North Hatley during the construction.
But the worst part of the meeting came when the town had to admit that without clear references to some scientific measures the new ordinance on nuisance will not withstand much of a court challenge. Now since the ordinance is the same across the MRC (it was also adopted yesterday in Stanstead and should be in all municipalities this month) and we guess across the province, the whole exercise was more futile than useful. It is not that the science is new, decibels have been around for about one hundred years. But let it be known that the same regulation will ensure that horse sh… is properly taken care of by the rider of the animal, who will have to dismount, pick up the equine excrement and stuff it somewhere.
Mayor Michael Page listening to a citizen question.