Ayer’s Cliff Council boils
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-