Videotron Tower meeting Thursday
There were about fourteen residents at the regular July council meeting in Ayer’s Cliff this month, held on July 4th. “I was disappointed that more people didn’t show up for the meeting,” said Ayer’s Cliff mayor Alec van Zuiden. The mayor had prepared a presentation on the Videotron file which has been both in the news and on the minds of many residents for months. Previous meetings on the issue have attracted well over fifty residents.
When Ayer’s Cliff met with Industry Canada to discuss the issue after refusing all the locations for a cellphone tower put forward by Videotron, they were encouraged by Industry Canada to find a compromise with the company. “If we don’t find a compromise with Videotron then they will go back to Industry Canada and the original plan will likely get an approval from them. So we met with Videotron again and came up with two potential sites,” explained the mayor. Of the two sites, Videotron accepted the site on Brown’s Hill, near the town’s reservoir, and has reduced its height from 65 meters to 40 meters.
This Thursday, from 11:00 am to 6:00 pm, residents can visit the Ayer’s Cliff town hall to see presentations on the new proposal and to share their ideas. Council members will be on hand as well as representatives from Videotron. “Even our council is not unanimous about how to proceed with this dossier,” concluded Mr. van Zuiden.