Shire Hall

Fixing things

Posted: December 16, 2016 at 9:22 am   /   Shire Hall

Roads, buildings, parking lots, speed signs and the Millennium Trail. Council adopted Shire Hall’s capital expenditure plan mostly intact approving a $11.6 million list on Friday. Waterworks expenditures are not included in this list, as it is treated as a separate utility. The largest amount in the works capital budget, $6.7 million, will be spent […]

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Just money

Posted: December 16, 2016 at 9:13 am   /   Shire Hall

Council approves 4.3 per cent hike in tax levy It’s just money,” said the commissioner of works. It was an ever-so-small crack in Robert McAuley’s otherwise stoic demeanor in the week-long dissection of the County’s budget. A councillor had wanted to know how he could move a road in his ward up the repair and […]

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Budget begins

Posted: December 9, 2016 at 9:40 am   /   Shire Hall

Calm before the storm County council began poring over the proposed 2017 budget this week. In terms of services and operations the municipality provides to residents, there are no major surprises. There is additional spending proposed in social services, community development and planning and development services, but much of it is in the category of […]

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Better homes and gardens

Posted: November 25, 2016 at 8:49 am   /   Shire Hall

Affordable housing shrinks, new solutions needed. The County needs affordable housing. This much has been a recognized fact for years, as any low-income resident, social service provider or even our municipal staff and council can tell you. And the problem isn’t getting any better, despite declarations from policymakers that something must be done. “[Affordable housing] […]

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Wish list

Posted: November 18, 2016 at 8:41 am   /   Shire Hall

Mayor reflects on two years, with high hopes for two more Acouple of weeks ago, the County’s council, along with key members of the municipal staff, spent a day at 106 Bridge in Picton. They were discussing the County’s future, halfway into this term of council. “It was a check-in, just to see how we’ve […]

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Demolition by neglect?

Posted: November 11, 2016 at 9:19 am   /   Shire Hall

Heritage committee raises concerns about the state of former convenience store Winter is coming, and the season for construction work is dwindling. This fact is made acute to residents and visitors to Wellington, all of whom inevitably pass by the vacant buildings on the northwest corner of Main and Wharf Streets, at the village’s only […]

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Minding our own business

Posted: November 11, 2016 at 9:15 am   /   Shire Hall

Report points to optimism among County businesses, as well as some challenges How’s business? A big majority of manufacturing and construction businesses report being optimistic about their prospects for growth in Prince Edward County. In fact, 80 per cent see their industry growing, double the provincial average. These data are revealed in a recently conducted […]

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Stuck

Posted: November 4, 2016 at 9:00 am   /   Shire Hall

Another year slips by and residential builders still hitting a wall at Shire Hall Nearly a year has passed since Mayor Robert Quaiff convened a gathering of builders and developers in Wellington. His message was that the County was open and ready to do business differently—that changes would be made to streamline the development and […]

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29 trees

Posted: October 21, 2016 at 9:08 am   /   Shire Hall

Councillors wander deep into forest but come out empty handed By most accounts the reconstruction of Main Street in Picton has gone as well as could have been hoped. There has been a steady dialogue between Shire Hall and Main Street businesses. Signs, advertising and notices have kept residents and visitors current on developments and detours. And […]

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Sounds of happiness

Posted: September 23, 2016 at 8:55 am   /   Shire Hall

Council decides restrictions to noise bylaw needs more study. The council chambers gallery at Shire Hall was filled by folks who make a living from weddings and music events in Prince Edward County. For many it was their first experience with local government. They had come to persuade council to reconsider its plan to restrict […]

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