Ayer’s Cliff News
– beach purchase approved
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.”