Ayer’s Cliff News

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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.

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