Ayer’s Cliff News – Tower issue under review
Ayer’s Cliff held its monthly town council meeting back at the Town Hall, on Monday night, after holding the last three meetings at the town’s Community Centre in the Legion Hall because of the cellphone tower issue which so many citizens were concerned about. “After the municipality refused Videotron’s proposals, the town seems to have calmed down,” said the town’s General Director, Kimball Smith.
The cellphone tower debate isn’t over yet as Videotron has taken the case to former Industry Canada, now called Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada. Videotron proposed a total of nine sites to the town, which were all rejected, and wanted to erect a tower somewhere between 40 and 60 meters high, depending on its location. The town’s maximum height allotted for a tower is 30 meters high.
Representatives from Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada, the Spectrum Management Operations Branch, will come to Ayer’s Cliff next week for a private meeting with members of the town’s council and administration.
A resolution was passed at the May 2nd meeting to approve the by-law passed by the Regie du Parc regional Massawippi to buy the lakeside property now owned by Les Servites. “It’s off to Quebec City now for approval. If all goes well we could be putting ink to paper by June or July,” said Mr. Smith.