Ayer’s Cliff buys bowling alley
The town of Ayer’s Cliff has bought the bowling alley, located on Westmount Street, and the large chunk of land that it sits on. “The owners had been wanting to sell it for a long time so when a sound opportunity came by we negotiated with them,” said Ayer’s Cliff mayor, Alex van Zuiden. The town bought the alley for what seems like an excellent price: $190,000 when it has been evaluated at $495,000. To pay for the property, the town will use $90,000 from its non-designated surplus and $100,000 from its working capital, to be paid back over ten years. “This investment will cost each household in Ayer’s Cliff approximately $11.00 per year.”
The purchase of the property fits in nicely with
Ayer’s Cliff’s Strategic Plan which has as one of its three main objectives to improve the quality of life of its citizens and revitalize the village. “We have many ideas for the property, perhaps a community center. It will be a good opportunity to get feedback from the town about what to do with it,” added the mayor.
During Monday night’s council meeting, councillor André Martel handed in his resignation. “He felt it was the best move to make regarding his personal goals,” explained the mayor. One of the town’s firefighters also resigned and five new firefighters were hired.
An individual requested the authorization of the council to introduce the sport of flyboarding on the lake. He was told that the lake is in Federal jurisdiction and that an area has been unofficially delineated in the middle of the lake for wakeboarding, another sport which can be damaging to the lake if done in shallow waters or near shore, besides being noisy.