Ayer’s Cliff-high­lights of the Mayor’s An­nual re­port

Stanstead Journal - - FROM PAGE ONE -

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

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