Hudson’s annual St. Patrick’s Parade scheduled for 2019
PHOTO BY JAMES ARMSTRONG
Hudson’s annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade has a new lease on life following last week’s departure of the previous organizing committee.
The 10th Annual St. Patrick’s Day parade will take place in Hudson on Saturday, March 16, 2019. Mayor Jamie Nicholls made the announcement during his opening remarks at the town council meeting on Tuesday, October 2.
“I want to thank the outgoing committee for all their hard work and dedication,” he said. “These volunteers stepped up and organized the parade year after year. I can’t thank them enough for all the work they did to make the parade the reality it is today.” According to the mayor, the town is organizing a parade planning committee comprised of council members, cultural stakeholders in the town and members of the United Irish Societies.
Town policy for public funding
Regarding public funding from the town for the parade, Nicholls told The Journal following the meeting that the town had followed its own policies.
“There are reporting duties that need to be done. We were given a spreadsheet by the organizing committee, which we appreciated,” he said adding the parade received $10,000 from the town for parade day expenses.
“All those expenses went through the Director of Parks and Recreation Nicholas Pedneault. We felt that was the responsible way of managing the disbursement of public taxpayers’ money,” said Nicholls. “I regret if any committee members had difficulties with that but it’s something that citizens are waiting to see, that we are providing due diligence on money that is disbursed to groups,” he added.
Nicholls said there would be a transitional meeting with the outgoing committee near the end of October. “They (the former committee) are willing to meet with the new committee and pass the baton along.”
Treasurer and Interim Director General Claudia Ouellette presented the audited 2017 financial statement that reported a surplus of $1,442,134.
“We are in good financial shape,” said Nicholls. “Each year has seen an improvement and we are making progress.” He said the detailed financial report and management letters from 2014 to 2017 would be available on the town website as of Wednesday, October 3.
Pine Lake study
Council moved the Pine Lake dam file a step forward by approving the request for a wetland characterization study to assist in the evaluation of the options for the site. The request states the results of the study will help in determining whether the lake may be reconstituted and would be a requirement of the Ministère du Développement durable, de l'Environnement et Lutte contre les changements climatiques (MDDELCC) and the Municipalité régionale de comté Vaudreuil-Soulanges (MRC-VS). According to the mayor, students from Concordia University are carrying out academic studies regarding issues with the dam.
“Their work is informational rather than technical because it’s not done by a registered engineer,” said Nicholls. “They are looking at the dam itself and the different options for it.”
Resident Eva McCartney raised the issue of development upstream from the dam and the effect it could have on run-off during the spring melt and rainstorms.
“We’re not at that stage of risk,” responded Nicholls. “We are currently working with the MRC and Conseil du bassin versant de la région de Vaudreuil-Soulanges (COBAVER) to assess things like risk.”
Pine Beach Development
The proposed Pine Beach Development for the area that includes Sandy Beach and adjacent privately owned land came up for discussion during the second question period. Eva McCartney asked if the town had made any progress on finding public or private funding to purchase Sandy Beach noting it was rumoured the developer had sold the property.
The mayor responded the town is currently in consultation with the developer regarding options for the project.
“We have looked at various grants but I don’t want to discuss them here, tonight,” said Nicholls. “We have met with the new owners and we are still in consultation,” the mayor told The Journal following the meeting though he declined to reveal the name of the owners. Nicholls confirmed the acquired rights of the town and the property owners regarding Sandy Beach would remain in place.