Videotron Tower meet­ing Thurs­day

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

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.

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