Ayer’s Cliff News – Tower is­sue un­der re­view

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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.

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