Ayer’s Cliff News
About ten residents attended the first regular council meeting in Ayer’s Cliff, on Monday, following the elections. “The meeting went off without a hitch,” said mayor Alec van Zuiden who also presented the Mayor’s Speech during the meeting.
During the speech, after voicing his appreciation for both Wulftec International and the Everest Equipment Company, Mr. van Zuiden spoke about the importance of creating micro-businesses in the Townships and his efforts to bring Fiber Optics to the Townships and wireless services to his community. “These advances are especially important to our industries, businesses and institutions in a digital age,” he commented.
“With both Provincial and Federal governments decentralizing, you can be sure there will be additional financial burdens to follow at the municipal level… As we go forward, we will need to find alternatives to generating the funds required to operate our municipality. Perhaps we could actually own a business, something I have started to discuss with Provincial administrators and lawyers,” continued the mayor in his speech.
The project to transform the bowling alley, purchased by the town last year at almost one quarter of its value, was discussed. “We bought that for a community centre, but it’s a very big building,” said the mayor. There is also a chance that the fire station might relocate there. The present fire hall is already too small to hold
the town’s equipment and soon the merger of the Hatley and Ayer’s Cliff fire departments, to form a ‘Regie’, will be complete.
The project to build a boardwalk and gazebo along the shore of the lake has received environmental approval. That project, which received $100,000 from the Pacte Rural program but will cost more, is expected to be built next year.
The medical clinic project is well on the way. A corporation (
and a foundation ( have been created, the latter to raise money for the expensive venture that has received massive support from the Ayer’s Cliff community and beyond. In discussions with Stanstead about the project, Stanstead expressed an interest in having an outlet of this clinic in Stanstead, however, according to the mayor, it is necessary to first establish the main clinic, and then consider expanding once that is functioning. In any case, many health professionals, including several doctors, have already expressed interest in working at the clinic. The town of Ayer’s Cliff pledged an additional $5000 towards this project Monday night.
The council will soon go away for a ‘Lac-a-l’Epaule’, a strategic planning session, to focus on the future of the town.