Love boat not cleared

Stanstead Journal - - NEWS - Staff, North Hat­ley

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.

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