Shire Hall

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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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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