North Hatley to reduce Route 108 speed limit during summer months

North Hatley to reduce Route 108 speed limit during summer months

Marina also a hot topic at council meeting

By Jack Wilson

Special to The Record

The North Hatley council met May 1, announcing a speed limit reduction along Route 108 and a handful of zoning changes to the couple dozen residents in attendance. The council faced questions from the public about the future of the village’s marina and a contentious proposal to rent the community centre to a daycare.

Mayor Marcella Davis-Gerrish reported that the Ministère des Transports (MTQ) had approved a speed reduction to 30 km/h along the 350 metres of Route 108 running through the main part of town. The limit will only apply between May and October. The ministry will also be installing crosswalks with flashing lights, she said.

Davis-Gerrish said she was happy with the ministry’s commitments. “This surpassed our expectations,” she said.

On April 25, the Sûreté du Québec ran traffic stops out of the town’s centre. The police stopped several vehicles, Davis-Gerrish said.

The council is now looking for further improvements on roads controlled by the province. Councillor Elizabeth Fee brought a motion requesting that the transport ministry fix drainage issues on North Hatley roads, which town manager Benoit Tremblay said were especially hazardous in the winter.

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