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Special

Posted: April 21, 2017 at 9:23 am   /   Shire Hall

Council takes second run at events bylaw On the surface, it seemed a simple thing to do. Yet drafting a special events bylaw governing what landowners can and cannot do with their property has cast Shire Hall onto the shoals of public discontent. It remains unclear whether they will ever pry loose from its grip. […]

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OP ED

Posted: April 6, 2017 at 10:37 am   /   Shire Hall

Collective bargaining is a race to nowhere when its role is misunderstood By Bill Roberts Ifeel it is important to respond to Ryan Williams’ letter, Fast Does Not Mean Far, in last week’s edition of The Intelligencer— not only to correct a great deal of misinformation, but to speak directly to our neighbours, regional partners […]

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The return of size of council

Posted: March 24, 2017 at 9:11 am   /   Shire Hall

OMB hearing dates set for July Just when you thought it was safe to step outside the County’s historical ward boundaries, the size of council issue has returned. Likely too late for the Ontario Municipal Board (OMB) to change the course for the next municipal election in 2018—but just in time to ruin some summer […]

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Running ahead

Posted: March 10, 2017 at 8:55 am   /   Shire Hall

Mayor commits to study of County Road 49. News comes as a suprise to his council colleagues For starters, it’s County Road 49 not Highway 49. It hasn’t been Highway 49 since the province downloaded this 20-kilometre route onto this municipality, from the Skyway Bridge at Tyendinaga to Picton, in 1998. Mayor Robert Quaiff can […]

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A better fit

Posted: February 24, 2017 at 9:26 am   /   Shire Hall

Council lowers minimum house size in line with Ontario building code in bid to spur more affordable homes With affordable housing placed atop the County’s priorities over the next two years, council has been looking for ways to address the issue. This includes working with Prince Edward Lennox and Addington Social Services (PELASS), which provides […]

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Tearing a new entrance

Posted: February 24, 2017 at 9:08 am   /   Shire Hall

Mayor seeks support to download a portion of Loyalist Parkway Adeveloper wants to build approximately 350 homes on the west side of Picton. But the Ministry of Transport (MTO) would rather the County not create another intersection, potentially slowing traffic on the Loyalist Parkway between the traffic circle and Talbot Street. So far, MTO officials […]

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Letter to the editor

Posted: February 1, 2017 at 11:29 am   /   Shire Hall

Through the keen leadership of Mayor Robert Quaiff, I had the privilege of being on The County’s “team” pursuing our rural school concerns with members of the provincial Cabinet. This included meetings with Premier Kathleen Wynne and Education Minister Mitzie Hunter during the last days of January. Our Shire Hall staff prepared an excellent brief, […]

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Redistribution

Posted: January 19, 2017 at 2:14 pm   /   Shire Hall

Council increases homeowners taxes to pay for reduction to farmland owners Andrew Stronach, heir to the Magna auto parts empire, owns several thousand acres of farmland in South Marysburgh. He and other wealthy landholders are the big winners in council’s decision last week to reduce his property tax bill and raise those of County homeowners. […]

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The year ahead

Posted: January 13, 2017 at 9:34 am   /   Shire Hall

Mayor Quaiff and CAO James Hepburn offer a roadmap for the year ahead Once the holiday season has wound down, and everyone is finished celebrating the new year, it’s tradition for mayors to host a new year’s levee. The meeting, held with other regional politicians, the press and the public, is a chance for the […]

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Room to grow

Posted: January 13, 2017 at 9:05 am   /   Shire Hall

Waterworks utility is an underused asset There is no shortage of capacity to grow in the County—no obvious structural constraint anchoring residential development. So why does the County continue to lag Quinte West and Belleville in the race to grow our tax bases? New home building jumped nicely in the last quarter of 2016, pushing […]

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