Stampede to honour Fair
The gem of a news at last Monday’s Ayer’s Cliff monthly council meeting came during a presentation given earlier by Louise Letocha and Johanne Brouillard, of the Comité Local du Patrimoine, during their presentation on the Fair designation as an historic and heritage property. The fair will be the Star of the Calgary Stampede to be held in a couple of weeks.
Ayer’s Cliff has accepted the recommendation of the committee and has agreed that the land occupied by the Fairground is to be frozen as is, forever.
The committee will forward its recommendation to the Culture Ministry for a citation that will protect not only the fairground itself but also the Fair.
Asked by this newspaper if Council was aware of the financial impact of the decision, pro-mayor Robert Lacoste answered that it was and that preserving the spirit of Ayer’s Cliff was more important to the well-being of the town than a new development on the land of the fairground.
A new residential complex will be built after a zoning change was approved at the meeting. Eight new duplexes will be built near Ripplecove road.
The ‘freeze’ on zoning around the College Servite also was approved. This will give time to the municipality to undertake a consultation process that should enhance the value of the area, not only for the owners of the property, but the municipality as a whole.
As we are reporting elsewhere, Sentier Massawippi is facing a tough period, the town nevertheless gave it a grant of $2,500.
A fee will once again be required to hold a garage sale. The town was offering a free, as in not a penny, garage sale kit that was bringing uniformity (and fairness to all) but most people ignored it. So a fee of $5.00 will be imposed to buy the kit. Those who don’t will be holding their garage sales illegally.
The closing of the 141 bridge that will be replaced this summer will not help Ayer’s Cliff, this summer, as we were told.
And check June 22nd as the date that kids from both the English and French elementary schools will mingle on the fairground. The town has allotted $1,250 for the event.
Addressing the meeting, Comité Local du Patrimoine, Johanne Brouillard and Louise Letacha, with pro-mayor Robert Lacoste presiding the meeting in the absence of the mayor who was in Europe this week.