Stam­pede to hon­our Fair

Stanstead Journal - - FRONT PAGE - Staff, Ayer's Cliff

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.

Photo Stanstead Jour­nal

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.

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