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Public places

Posted: July 14, 2017 at 8:53 am   /   Shire Hall

County is open to suggestions, including sale of Picton’s town hall The Picton Town Hall is a bit of a conundrum. Nuzzled in on Ross Street, just behind Picton Main Street and directly in the centre of the town’s core, the heritage building is a valuable asset for the County. The building itself has two […]

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Helping the hall

Posted: July 7, 2017 at 10:00 am   /   Shire Hall

Conrad Beaubien asks council to support Hillier Hall The hamlet of Hillier is far from the centre of Prince Edward County, but it is the epicentre of the County’s many wineries, home to beautiful marshland and a fascinating diversity of residents including a chef, a heritage designer, a retired television writer and a circus producer. […]

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Next chapter

Posted: July 7, 2017 at 9:56 am   /   Shire Hall, Size of Council

Size of council decision goes to the OMB It’s back. On July 19, an Ontario Municipal Board (OMB) hearing will once again adjudicate the size of County council. The history of the debate over the structure and make-up of the County local government has scarcely been out view since the municipality was amalgamated in 1998. […]

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Council bumps water prices for residents, reduces fees for builders

Posted: June 29, 2017 at 11:49 am   /   Shire Hall

Prince Edward County council approved a by-law that will see rates rise for municipal water and wastewater users in the Count during a meeting on Tuesday evening. The bylaws were created after an ad-hoc committee was struck at the end of 2015 to review the County’s disparate and financially unsustainable water systems which serve communities […]

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Soaked

Posted: June 22, 2017 at 3:16 pm   /   Shire Hall

Waterworks users to shoulder the rising cost of the system A committee of council has ratified the recommendations of a waterworks committee that will see municipal water and wastewater treatment charges rise by five per cent on July 1, increase another five per cent in January 2018 and continue swelling by five per cent each […]

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Wooden nickels

Posted: June 9, 2017 at 10:11 am   /   Shire Hall

Staff is trained to manage trees, but is it enough? Gerry Jenkison loves trees. She has since she was a child. When her children were young, she learned the names and traits of trees so she could impart that knowledge. The majesty of a being that has the power to give other living things so […]

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Pyrotechnics

Posted: June 2, 2017 at 11:32 am   /   Shire Hall

County culture clash creates drama over no theatre In 2014, a slow leak in a 150-year-old roof began a chain of events that threatens to crush creative endeavours in a place where performance spaces are few and far between. It started with the ceiling in Hillier Hall. A drop ceiling, installed in the 1960s, had […]

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Park and Rec

Posted: May 19, 2017 at 10:08 am   /   Shire Hall

Council ponders parking upgrade For years, the small municipal lot on the east and west ends of Market Lane, to the north of Main Street in Picton, have been free. Recently, so has parking on Main Street, when it’s been available. With the construction and rehabilitation on Main Street, the parking meters had been removed, […]

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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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