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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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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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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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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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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, Size of Council

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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