Shire Hall

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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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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Big picture

Posted: April 28, 2016 at 10:30 am   /   Shire Hall

Official plan re-write enters final stretch What is Prince Edward County? What has it been? What will it become? It is likely these questions will elicit as varied answers as the number of respondents. It is the function of the Official Plan (OP) to attempt to put the history, achievements, unique characteristics, goals and aspirations into […]

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Sign police

Posted: April 22, 2016 at 9:06 am   /   Shire Hall

Small business tangles with small government over colours A Picton shop owner has become entangled in the town’s heritage district rules. She was joined in the web last week by a committee of council split between making an exception for—or an example of—a popular small business. The shop, with its signature yellow and blue awning meant […]

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Which way from here?

Posted: April 22, 2016 at 8:59 am   /   Shire Hall

Much is riding on the outcome of two committees set to begin work Over the next few weeks, folks will gather to consider key structural changes to the municipality of Prince Edward County. The decisions two groups of residents, representatives and municipal staff reach, subject to approval and alteration by council, will largely define who can […]

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