Ayer’s Cliff Coun­cil boils

Stanstead Journal - - NEWS - Staff Ayer’s Cliff

Six­months af­ter it was sup­posed to be over, Ayer’s Cliff res­i­dents still have to boil their wa­ter, an al­most 10 year or­deal that may, in May, see its end if Que­bec gives its fi­nal ap­proval to the start of the new $3,000,000 wa­ter treat­ment plant that has been sitting idle since last fall. The first de­lay came early last fall when Hy­droQuébec was late in sup­ply­ing power to the plant. Next, a spe­cial phone line had to be in­stalled. Now it seems that the town did not know how to bring the plant in con­form­ity with the Que­bec gov­ern­ment reg­u­la­tions. The town was fi­nally able to get the proper pa­per work done last Fri­day and the En­vi­ron­ment depart­ment should be able to visit the site soon and give its ap­proval.

Ques­tions by this news­pa­per on the lack of ad­vice by the con­sul­tants and en­gi­neers on this mat­ter were awk­wardly an­swered up to the mo­ment that Coun­cil­lor An­dré Martel said that the town will be with­hold­ing money, in the tens of thou­sands of dol­lars, from the con­sul­tants about this. He did not seem very happy, nor did the other coun­cil­lors, about this sit­u­a­tion that can­not be blamed on the mu­nic­i­pal­ity.

In other news at that coun­cil meet­ing, the town ac­coun­tants are giv­ing a thumbs up for the way the fi­nances of Ayer’s Cliff are han­dled; one of the best of those sur­veyed by the firm.

Fire­men wise, 4 new fire­men were of­fi­cially hired and the res­ig­na­tion of one was ac­cepted. And the 1963 Mer­cury fire truck will not go to France af­ter all, but to Swe­den.

The town will sub­si­dize boat launch­ings on the lake but will limit the num­ber of launches per­mit­ted.

A thou­sand dol­lars is go­ing to the Pat Burns Arena, but with no guar­an­tee that the amount will be re­newed over the next few years. And lo­cal soc­cer play­ers will have ac­cess to a new field on the Ayer’s Cliff fair­grounds.

Two dates to re­mem­ber for Ayer’s Cliff res­i­dents: on April 22, bring any­thing with a cord, as some-

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