Ayer’s Cliff Tower site cho­sen

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

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.”

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