Ayer’s Cliff News

– beach pur­chase ap­proved

Stanstead Journal - - FROM PAGE ONE - Vic­to­ria Vanier

The beach project in Ayer’s Cliff is mov­ing along nicely. The Regie du parc re­gional Mas­saw­ippi (Ayer’s Cliff, Can­ton Hat­ley, Ste-Cather­ine de Hat­ley and Hat­ley) have just re­ceived au­tho­riza­tion from MAMOT (Min­is­tere des Af­faires mu­nic­i­pales et de l’Oc­cu­pa­tion de ter­ri­toire) for a $1.75 mil­lion loan to pur­chase the lake­side prop­erty owned by the Les Servites or­ga­ni­za­tion. The loan will be di­vided by five with Ayer’s Cliff tak­ing re­spon­si­bil­ity for two por­tions. “We should be fi­nal­iz­ing a servi­tude with the Col­lege Servites in the next few weeks,” said mayor Alec van Zuiden.

A ‘sense de lieu’ theme, to pro­mote com­mu­nity de­vel­op­ment, has been de­cided by a com­mit­tee which came up with the theme ‘Lieu de Passe-age’ for the town. “There is pas­sage on the lake, on the roads that go

through town, con­nect­ing Ma­gog to Coat­i­cook, pas­sage of trains on the old rail­way line that’s now the bike path, even the pas­sage of sci­en­tists who used to come to the Ayer’s Cliff Fair long ago,” said Mr. van Zuiden.

Also at the last coun­cil meet­ing, moral sup­port was given for the over $8 mil­lion restora­tion project of the St. Benoit-du-lac monastery, while mone­tary sup­port was pledged, $4,551.14 each year for the next five years, for the Mont Or­ford project (Cor­po­ra­tion Ski et Golf Mt. Or­ford).

The mayor was pleased with the recent an­nounce­ment by Wulftec of another ex­pan­sion to the plant. “They are a phe­nom­e­nal con­trib­u­tor to the com­mu­nity, Ever­est as well, and it’s an hon­our to have them in the com­mu­nity.”

The town has ac­cepted a bid from a new provider for the snow re­moval con­tract from 2016 to 2019. The town will save 15 % with the new com­pany.

As re­ported in the me­dia last month, Mr. van Zuiden will not be seek­ing re-elec­tion in the next mu­nic­i­pal elec­tions. Asked if it was a tough de­ci­sion, he replied: “It’s torn my heart and soul in two, but I can’t be ev­ery­where. I have a re­spon­si­bil­ity to this com­pany (Zen Metal Tech­nolo­gies), to my part­ners and the em­ploy­ees.”

He con­tin­ued: “But what’s nice is that the fed­eral gov­ern­ment has reached out to me. They’ve seen lots of pos­i­tive changes in the mu­nic­i­pal­ity and want to meet with me to cap­i­tal­ize on op­por­tu­ni­ties that might ex­ist , not least of which is the 175th an­niver­sary of the Ayer’s Cliff Fair in four years.”

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