Ayer’s Cliff Tower site chosen
About twenty-five residents attended the Ayer’s Cliff monthly meeting on August 1st, mainly to hear news about the proposed Videotron communications tower. Earlier in the summer, on July 14th, the town held a “Call to Comment” open-door event at the town hall. All day long, residents could learn about the two new sites being proposed by Videotron and vote on which site they thought was best, or hated the least. The choices were the original site on Pierce Street or a site on Brown’s Hill near the municipal reservoir. About one hundred people took part with 63 % preferring the Brown’s Hill location.
“Then the neighbour below the reservoir said he would see the tower from his front porch and offered some of his land in a rough, rocky pasture for the tower. Suddenly we had a third option,” explained Kimball Smith, the town’s General Director. Videotron accepted the new site, as did the town, and the issue was discussed again at the council meeting of August 1st, where some citizens voiced their preference for the Pierce Street location, the original location which about three hundred people signed a petition against last spring. The town was not favorable to the Pierce Street location because it is zoned white and a good site for later residential development, perhaps twenty years down the road. In the end, council voted 4 to 2 for the site that became known as “Option 11”, on the property of the Boily farm. “It was not an easy file for anyone – the resolution has been sent to Industry Canada,” added Mr. Smith.
Meanwhile on Monday, back in Bolton East, protesters stopped a sub-contractor from beginning the work to erect a Bell tower in the Bolton Pass.
An Ayer’s Cliff resident will have to shorten his dock after the council refused to give a variance on its length. “The problem is the level of the lake is low and it’s hard to moor the boats, but nobody wants to share their dock.”