Quiet meeting in North Hatley
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.