Ayer`s Cliff News

Stanstead Journal - - NEWS BRIEF - Vic­to­ria Vanier Ayer's Cliff

The Vil­lage of Ayer’s Cliff will have an in­ter­est­ing year, one that in­volves change and keep­ing tra­di­tions.

A ma­jor pro­ject in the town will be the pur­chase of the Servite beach by the Regie de parc re­gional Mas­saw­ippi which rep­re­sents the five mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties around the lake. North Hat­ley has ex­pressed that they can­not par­tic­i­pate in an injection of funds and that the pro­ject would ben­e­fit their town the least. North Hat­ley is also con­cerned about fu­ture costs as­so­ci­ated with the pro­ject. The price tag of the eleven acre prop­erty is around $1.5 mil­lion. “Our goal is to have the five mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties par­tic­i­pat­ing in this pro­ject. Other pos­si­bil­i­ties will be pre­sented to North Hat­ley, such as bring­ing some­thing else be­sides cash to the ta­ble,” said Ayer’s Cliff mayor Alec van Zuiden.

The for­mer bowl­ing al­ley on West­mount Street that the town orig­i­nally pur­chased for a pos­si­ble com­mu­nity cen­tre has been sold. It is now a dairy that goes by the name of La Pinte and it will process pure and or­ganic milks, sell­ing it in glass bot­tles.

An­other pro­ject in the works but not yet ap­proved is the “Jardins des Pi­o­nniers”. This pro­ject would tie in with the Coat­i­cook MRC’s Voie des Pi­o­nniers, bring­ing to­gether the his­toric her­itage of both re­gions. The town will con­tinue to strive to get the Ayer’s Cliff Fair­grounds recog-

nized by the pro­vin­cial govern­ment as a her­itage site. This would open up pro­vin­cial fund­ing av­enues for the fair­grounds.

The town’s mill rate has in­creased by 2%. “But if we com­pare that to 2010, it is still 5 % lower,” said the town’s Gen­eral Man­ager, Kim­ball Smith, who at­trib­uted the healthy fi­nan­cial sit­u­a­tion to bud­get stream­lin­ing, a grow­ing tax base, and the town’s “solid mix of in­dus­try, busi­ness and res­i­dences.” An av­er­age home, val­ued at $164,000 will see an over­all in­crease of 2 ½ %. All other ser­vices have been frozen at last year’s rates.

Res­i­dents will re­ceive a sur­vey about a new cul­tural pol­icy for the town with their tax bills. “We’ll need to hear from at least two hun­dred re­spon­dents. We want to de­velop a cul­tural iden­tity for the town,” said the mayor.

Asked how Mr. van Zuiden’s new town busi­ness (Zen Metal Tech­nolo­gies) was do­ing, he an­swered en­thu­si­as­ti­cally: “It`s go­ing `rock and roll`. We have be­tween twelve and four­teen em­ploy­ees and a se­cond laser fiber-op­tic ma­chine is com­ing from Italy and will be here by the end of Jan­uary. It will cut steel up to one inch thick. ”

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