Ham­lets get coun­ties coun­cil’s eye

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L’ORI­GNAL | They’re not big enough to be cal­led vil­lages and the folks who live in all the lit­tle ham­lets scat­te­red throu­ghout Pres­cott and Rus­sell coun­ties pre­fer the “ve­ry small town” li­fe­style these bedroom com­mu­ni­ties of­fer. A new si­gnage pro­ject pro­po­sed at coun­ties coun­cil may make these ti­ny com­mu­ni­ties a lit­tle more no­ti­ceable to ca­sual pas­sers­by.

Champlain Town­ship Mayor Ga­ry Bar­ton sug­ges­ted du­ring the Au­gust 13 com­mit­tee of the whole ses­sion that the Uni­ted Coun­ties of Pres­cott-Rus­sell (UCPR) fol­low the example of its coun­ter­part in Stor­montDun­das-Glen­gar­ry with the new highway si­gns pro­vi­ded for the ham­lets throu­ghout the Uni­ted Coun­ties of Stor­mont, Dun­das and Glen­gar­ry (UCSDG).

“The si­gns are small and they are neat,” Bar­ton said.

The highway si­gns for ham­lets in UCSDG have room for the name of the com­mu­ni­ty with space for a small UCSDG lo­go. Bar­ton pro­po­sed that the UCPR look at doing so­me­thing si­mi­lar for the be­ne­fit of ham­lets in Pres­cott and Rus­sell like Et­ty­ville, lo­ca­ted wi­thin the boun­da­ries of the City of Cla­rence-Ro­ck­land, and others.

“I think it’s a great idea,” said Marc Cler­mont, UCPR pu­blic works di­rec­tor.

He no­ted that his of­fice and the coun­ties eco­no­mic de­ve­lop­ment and tou­rism de­part­ment could work to­ge­ther on a pro­pos- al for ham­let si­gnage on coun­ty roads. He al­so no­ted that some of the mu­ni­ci­pa­li­ties wi­thin Pres­cott-Rus­sell al­rea­dy do pro­vide small road si­gns iden­ti­fying the ham­lets lo­ca­ted along their backcountry ru­ral roads and his staff might need to con­sult with their coun­ter­parts among the mem­ber mu- ni­ci­pa­li­ties.

“I want to make sure we don’t double up,” he said. “But I think it’s a great idea if we want to pro­mote our (smal­ler) com­mu­ni­ties.” Cler­mont will present coun­ties coun­cil with a re­port on ham­let si­gnage, in­clu­ding gui­de­lines for what is a ham­let as op­po­sed to a vil­lage or town. War­den Jean-Paul Saint-Pierre of­fe­red a sug­ges­tion, ba­sed on his child­hood me­mo­ries, about how to de­fine a ham­let.

“Whe­re­ver there was a school house,” he said, “there was a lit­tle ham­let around that school house.”

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