• James Armstrong

Hudson escapes watering ban resolution for the moment


Former Town of Hudson Engineer Trail Grubert questioned Hudson Town Council on the town’s potable water resources at the monthly council meeting on Monday, June 1.

A proposed watering ban resolution was removed from the Hudson Town Council meeting agenda Monday, June 1, as the meeting began. According to Interim Director General Duncan Campbell who gave a report at the meeting, there are concerns over available potable water and the town will be receiving a study prepared by AMEC engineering firm concerning the potable water resources available to the town.

The issue of potable water raised questions and concerns from several residents during the two question periods. “Will the town be applying for provincial subsidies for water infrastructure projects?” asked resident Diane Piacente pointing out new subsidy programs are now available from the province for towns with populations of less than 6500 and under financial difficulties. She described this as an opportunity to extend the municipal water system to the west end of town.

“We are on top of that one, for sure,” replied Mayor Ed Prévost referring to the provincial infrastructure programs. Resident Eva McCartney raised concerns regarding potable water and proposed population densification. “When I brought this subject up in April, I was told there was an abundance of water now we are considering a watering ban. What’s happened?” she asked.

“We were not well informed on that subject,” Prévost replied adding that the report from AMEC and its recommendations will be reviewed and considered. “We’ve known for years we don’t have enough water,” said former Town Engineer Trail Grubert adding that reports on the issue had been given to previous town councils. In an interview on Wednesday, the mayor said council would review the information from AMEC before the next council meeting.

The approval of the concept in general of the proposed construction project for Le Nichoir raised some questions regarding parking for school buses and the access road to the site. Councillor Nicole Durand indicated that a parking plan was requested by the Town Planning Advisory Committee (TPAC) but was not obligatory. Councillor Deborah Woodhead said widening the entrance road could be difficult due to the space available and trees.

Council passed a resolution permitting the sale of property at 98 Cameron (the former Medi-Center) by public tender. The mayor said this was the first of such sales of town property intended to repay the unexpected deficit of $1.7 million discovered last year. By-Law 664-2015 amending By- Law 656-2014 concerning Utility Rates & Tariffs 2015 was adopted by council.

The by-law regulates the maintenance fees for Ultra Violet (UV) tertiary septic systems with an added item concerning boat launch tariffs for non-resident’s at the Jack Layton Municipal Park boat launch ramp. A daily pass is now $20 and an annual pass is $120 for non-residents. Hudson citizens with proof of residency can access free of charge.

Resident Marcus Owen questioned the addition of the launch fees to the by-law after the notice of motion. The Director General clarified that it was permitted as long as the addition was read in full at the meeting. In other business, the Pine Lake dam project took a step forward as council awarded a $12,225 contract to Inspec-Sol for geo-technical studies.

Council also mandated a recruiting firm to begin the review of applicants for the posts of Director General and Treasurer.