Shire Hall

Tearing a new entrance

Posted: February 24, 2017 at 9:08 am   /   Shire Hall

Mayor seeks support to download a portion of Loyalist Parkway Adeveloper wants to build approximately 350 homes on the west side of Picton. But the Ministry of Transport (MTO) would rather the County not create another intersection, potentially slowing traffic on the Loyalist Parkway between the traffic circle and Talbot Street. So far, MTO officials […]

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Letter to the editor

Posted: February 1, 2017 at 11:29 am   /   Shire Hall

Through the keen leadership of Mayor Robert Quaiff, I had the privilege of being on The County’s “team” pursuing our rural school concerns with members of the provincial Cabinet. This included meetings with Premier Kathleen Wynne and Education Minister Mitzie Hunter during the last days of January. Our Shire Hall staff prepared an excellent brief, […]

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Posted: January 19, 2017 at 2:14 pm   /   Shire Hall

Council increases homeowners taxes to pay for reduction to farmland owners Andrew Stronach, heir to the Magna auto parts empire, owns several thousand acres of farmland in South Marysburgh. He and other wealthy landholders are the big winners in council’s decision last week to reduce his property tax bill and raise those of County homeowners. […]

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The year ahead

Posted: January 13, 2017 at 9:34 am   /   Shire Hall, Size of Council

Mayor Quaiff and CAO James Hepburn offer a roadmap for the year ahead Once the holiday season has wound down, and everyone is finished celebrating the new year, it’s tradition for mayors to host a new year’s levee. The meeting, held with other regional politicians, the press and the public, is a chance for the […]

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Room to grow

Posted: January 13, 2017 at 9:05 am   /   Shire Hall

Waterworks utility is an underused asset There is no shortage of capacity to grow in the County—no obvious structural constraint anchoring residential development. So why does the County continue to lag Quinte West and Belleville in the race to grow our tax bases? New home building jumped nicely in the last quarter of 2016, pushing […]

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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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