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No fun

Posted: September 2, 2016 at 9:03 am   /   Shire Hall

Committee of council approves tighter noise restrictions around outdoor music Barry Turpin saved his best line until the end of the debate. “I knew when we opened the noise bylaw, we would get a lot of noise,” quipped the Bloomfield councillor at the end of an hour-long and at times testy debate about setting new limits on […]

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Relief and restrictions

Posted: August 19, 2016 at 11:18 am   /   Shire Hall

Council responds to drought conditions It has been a hot, dry summer. So dry that Quinte Conservation recently declared a Level 3 condition, its most severe rating, for much of the region— including all of Prince Edward County. A Level 3 condition indicates a failure of the water supply to meet demand. Creeks have dried up. […]

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A bin of a different colour

Posted: August 5, 2016 at 9:14 am   /   Shire Hall

Council considers a grey box for paper recycling Not everything in your blue bin is created— or recycled—equally. Glass, for example, is heavy and uses more energy and resources to recycle than creating new. Most plastics are now recyclable—but it is often hard to find a profitable market. Paper and cardboard are the shining exceptions. […]

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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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Inconvenience

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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Bottleneck

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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Burned

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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