Ayer’s Cliff-highlights of the Mayor’s Annual report
The year 2010 ended with a surplus of $631,263.The total revenues were $1,677,641 and the total expenses were $1,557,336, the accumulated surplus affected is of $464,557. In 2011, the forecasted revenues and expenses are $1,660,775. Well, we’re half way through a four year mandate and the team you’ve elected to govern your municipality has, in my humble opinion, accomplished its mandate in a responsible and forward looking fashion. I want to thank the community in acknowledging their trust, confidence and faith in our ability to lead Ayer’s Cliff in a conscientious manner. We’ve proven once again that hard work, professional conduct, accountability and ethical decisions, for our collective good, yield a climate of peace and respect. It becomes obvious you have wisely elected a group of people who understand and firmly believe in team work. I would be remiss if I did not thank my fellow Councillors for their tireless efforts and work over the last 24 months and look forward to the next two years as we forge ahead in the world of municipal politics and governance; a world fraught with provincial legislation requiring small municipalities to offer the level of services, and manage in the same fashion, as much larger and financially able cities across Quebec; no small feat to be sure. Of course, we are fully aware that much of what you have elected us to accomplish is in fact achieved with the passionate, dedicated and committed citizens of Ayer’s Cliff through so many volunteer organizations and groups; the veritable “backbone” of a sound community. These too must be recognized for their part in making Ayer’s Cliff what it is - home! 2011 is fast coming to an end and with it several accomplishments: - Establishment and implementation of an inter-municipal agreement for the Ayer’s Cliff Fire Department with Hatley; which has resulted in our being able to, cost effectively, acquire new protective equipment - such as a new service truck and lifting equipment; - In its second year our Day Camp can boast an 85% increase in the number of children participating - from 14 to 26 children; - The establishment of an inter-municipal agreement with Hatley designed to provide access to the lake, via Les Pères Servites de Marie, at a relatively low cost for our constituents; - Laying of the initial ground work for an Intermunicipal Emergency Preparedness Plan in our region with Hatley; - Awarding of a public tender contract for the upgrading of Tyler Park; - Slight decrease in the municipal tax bill for a second consecutive year; - A balanced budget and then some… And the list could go on and on and on... amazing really how much we get done as we work together.
Alec van Zuiden, Mayor