Quiet meet­ing in North Hat­ley

Stanstead Journal - - NEWS - Vic­to­ria Vanier

Only a hand­ful of res­i­dents were at North Hat­ley’s coun­cil meet­ing on Au­gust 1st. “There is noth­ing new to re­port re­gard­ing the de­vel­op­ment project or the Bell tower,” said mayor Michael Page. The town has been busy over the sum­mer, re­ceiv­ing lots of tourists with the nice sum­mer weather. “We’ve had lots of pos­i­tive com­ments about the free park­ing. It was a bother be­fore for peo­ple eat­ing in restau­rants, won­der­ing if they would go back to a park­ing ticket on their car. Now they are lin­ger­ing longer,” said Mr. Page. The vis­i­tors aren’t the only ones happy with the free park­ing, so are the town em­ploy­ees. “We don’t get an­gry vis­i­tors at the town hall com­plain­ing about get­ting a park­ing ticket any­more, so the staff ap­pre­ci­ates that a lot,” the mayor com­mented, adding: “And we haven’t re­ally felt the loss of that rev­enue from the park­ing.”

The coun­cil passed a res­o­lu­tion to re­lease some funds to plan a big cel­e­bra­tion for next year’s Canada Day to mark the coun­try’s 150th birth­day. “The govern­ment has grants for that and we’re hop­ing for a bud­get of about $22,000,” ex­plained Mr. Page. The town would have to come up with about $7,500 worth of sup­port which can be in funds but also in the town’s ser­vices and man­power.

Coun­cil also ap­proved the pur­chase (a lease) of a new snow re­moval truck. The last one was on its last legs when it was hit by an­other ve­hi­cle while parked in front of the Town Hall last win­ter.

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