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Big plans

Posted: August 3, 2016 at 2:39 pm   /   Shire Hall

Council sets goals If only we had a plan. The County’s chief manager has a set of goals he must work toward achieving. Municipal departments have to-do lists to which they are held accountable. But council drifts from meeting to meeting, occasionally veering into crisis, without a roadmap, guiding principles or apparent aim. No direction, […]

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Posted: July 29, 2016 at 9:11 am   /   Shire Hall

Heritage committee weighs in as Lane Creek study drags on The summer has been warm and dry. While the lazy water of Lane Creek, which flows southwest through Wellington, has receded into the weeds where it can be seen along the Millennium Trail, under the bridge on Niles Street and along the western border of CML […]

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Above and beyond

Posted: July 29, 2016 at 9:04 am   /   Shire Hall

Unregulated connection fees make the County the most expensive jurisdiction to build in the region Is Shire Hall side-stepping the intent and purpose of the Development Charges Act (DCA)? That is the complaint being lodged by developers in Prince Edward County. They contend that the province established rules and regulations around development charges in 1997, specifically […]

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Posted: July 22, 2016 at 8:58 am   /   Shire Hall

County must bolster engineering ranks to facilitate growth The working group came at the issue in a variety of ways. It was soon clear enough, however, that each of the challenges identified by the folks sitting on the Development Framework Subcommittee meeting last week, pointed to the same solution: the municipality needs more engineers. More inhouse […]

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Posted: June 30, 2016 at 9:38 am   /   Shire Hall

County spent $684,300 to terminate employees last year The trigger was a workplace accident. A worker’s hands were burned by steam as he and fellow workers coaxed a frozen pipe in Ameliasburgh to begin flowing again. But in the aftermath, three people lost their jobs with the County—including its top manager. Neither Mayor Robert Quaiff nor […]

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Bashing trash

Posted: May 20, 2016 at 9:07 am   /   Shire Hall

Navigating the murky waters of municipal liability It was a bit awkward. A committee of council listened politely as staff from Belleville, Quinte West and Tyendinaga outlined the successful trash bash project in their communities. Becky McWhirter (Belleville) and Eldon Burchart (Quinte West) described the way volunteers and municipal staff work together to clean up […]

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Living streets

Posted: May 11, 2016 at 10:12 am   /   Shire Hall

Learning to improve County’s main streets as attractive public spaces It is a cliché that one must plan on at least 30 minutes or more to walk 100 metres to retrieve the mail from any Post Office in Prince Edward County. Longer if it is a sunny day. This is surely true on Main Streets in Wellington, […]

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Hitting the brakes

Posted: May 6, 2016 at 9:01 am   /   Shire Hall

Councillor proposes across-the-board budget cut The numbers tell a grim story. The County’s tax levy has increased, on average, 11.5 per cent every year since it was amalgamated. (Remember that the chief selling point of amalgamation was that it would produce efficiencies and reduce costs.) User fees—the amount raised for municipal services such as garbage and […]

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Tight fit

Posted: April 29, 2016 at 9:09 am   /   Shire Hall

Council allows plan to increase density for affordable units Anew housing development is one step closer to being created as a planning committee of council has approved the developer’s application to nearly double the density on an acre of land-locked property in Wellington. The application for an exemption from the zoning bylaw, which currently permits 25 […]

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Not competing

Posted: April 29, 2016 at 9:01 am   /   Shire Hall

Council keeps discount on development charges A discount of development charges will remain in place until March 2018 or until Shire Hall conducts a full study of these rates and their impact. In the meantime, there will be an intense examination and consideration of residential building in Prince Edward County. Is it good? Is it bad? […]

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