Ayer’s Cliff buys bowl­ing al­ley

Stanstead Journal - - NEWS - Vic­to­ria Vanier Ayer's Cliff

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.

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