Busy council meeting in Ayer’s Cliff
There’s nothing like change to bring some life to a town meeting and this Monday’s meeting in Ayer’s Cliff was proof positive that anything new needs prac- tice. In this case, going paperless brought havoc to the usually ‘running smoother than butter on a hot plate’ meeting that has been the hallmark in Ayer’s Cliff over the last few years.
Or shall we say, Massawippi Valley? Ayer’s Cliff will seriously investigate the possibility of a merger with Hatley, an exchange of correspondence shows.
The main attraction was at question period when Dian Cohen made a presentation for the proposed health clinic in town. As mayor Van Zuiden said: “Everyone wants a doctor and I’ll fight tooth and nail for this.” The town agreed to provide a seed fund of $2,000 to get the project going. It will serve to incorporate a provisional organisation that will then be able to collect funding. As soon as the paperwork is ready, the grassroots movement will be able to truly knock on doors to get the money needed for the project. 575 have answered the questionnaire already; reasonably, only 100 are asking outright for a doctor.
If the project succeeds, it will have many more hurdles, including a reversal of the Quebec stated policy of not accepting that any fees be paid by clients in any private clinic in the province.
While Tyler Park will be truly off-limits to dogs, the town will hire a student to see that both they and their two-wheeled friends are kept away as the municipal regulation states already. A new dog park should open soon behind the old feed mill, properly fenced. The facility will fill a void in Ayer’s Cliff and the region.
A new water usage brochure reflecting the new regulations should be out of the printer soon. In the same environmental vein, the town will try its best to enforce the regulations around Lake Massawippi forbidding the use of the last couple of meters. The inspector will have a look at it, so will the Lake Massawippi conservation agents and finally, as councillor Pat Proulx said: stalling if all else fails. The regulations are sometimes confusing, this newspaper admits, so a phone call to City Hall can solve a lot of problems before they happen.
And a last water related item: this time three thousand gallons of it, the capacity of the new tanker that the Fire Department will get soon at a price of $321,760, paid for with cash from various accumulated reserves and the contribution of neighbouring municipalities.
Dian Cohen spoke about the proposed Health clinic at last Monday’s council meeting in Ayer’s Cliff.