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MPP Smith backs call for local representation at IJC table to address high-water concerns

MPP Smith backs call for local representation at IJC table to address high-water concerns

As shoreland property owners in Bay of Quinte and elsewhere on Lake Ontario and the St. Lawrence River raise their voices about flooding and record high-water levels, the Ontario government is advocating to increase representation on the International Joint Commission (IJC). Prince Edward County Mayor Steve Ferguson was pleased several hundred people attended a public […]

County names Marcia Wallace as new CAO

County names Marcia Wallace as new CAO

County council today appointed Marcia Wallace as the municipality’s new chief administrative officer (CAO). Wallace joins the municipality with more than 20 years of experience in the Ontario Public Service. Since January 2018, she has served as the assistant deputy minister for the municipal services division with Ontario’s Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing. “I […]

Net-zero system deemed unsuitable for library project

Net-zero system deemed unsuitable for library project

County staff have determined net-zero infrastructure for the Picton Library’s expansion is not a viable option. Staff were directed to explore the option following a presentation to Committee of the Whole in September to evaluate installing net-zero heating and cooling infrastructure, partially funded (up to 15 per cent grant and) by the Federation of Canadian […]

County resident to be honoured for bravery

County resident to be honoured for bravery

A County resident recently recognized by the OPP for his bravery will be suggested for municipal honours at Thursday’s Committee of the Whole meeting. Sophiasburgh councillor Bill Roberts is proposing Jay Crowells be publicly honoured with by the municipality’s Civic Recognition Program. Crowells was presented with the OPP Commissioners’ Citation for Bravery in October during […]

Changes to speed limits proposed

Changes to speed limits proposed

Changes to several speed limits are on the table for County council to review at Thursday’s Committee of the Whole meeting. Updates in brackets. Final approvals at Nov. 26 council meeting. Several recommendations are suggested by the Traffic Advisory Committee for approval, with recommendations from the Development Services Department: – Posted speed limit for Wellington […]

Pay raise on the table for council

Pay raise on the table for council

UPDATE: Approved following discussion that included wanting to see comparison to neighbouring municipalities; raising mayor’s wage but not councillors; donating wages if they’re not needed and the need to have a good wage to attract and retain younger, more diverse councillors in the future. It was noted the remuneration is valuable as it is difficult […]

Drug suspected of irreversible overdose confirmed in two local deaths

Drug suspected of irreversible overdose confirmed in two local deaths

Trace amounts of the drug ‘etizolam’ have been confirmed in two local overdose deaths since the spring of 2019, and its increased presence in the region has been suspected in recent weeks. Etizolam has been reported in the Hastings Prince Edward region by Belleville Police Services. Hastings Prince Edward Health said the drug, which is […]

Province promotes private partnerships for colleges

Province promotes private partnerships for colleges

Innovative and entrepreneurial partnerships will be encouraged at Loyalist College due to new provincial policy designed to allow them to be more financially competitive. Tuesday, Ross Romano, Minister of Colleges and Universities, was at the college to make the announcement, noting the economic advantages from delivering partnership programs to more students in more locations can […]

County staff recommend cycling plan be awarded to WSP

County staff recommend cycling plan be awarded to WSP

UPDATE: Approved by council. Of six proposals received to create a municipal cycling plan, County staff recommends WSP as the preferred choice as that company was recently awarded the Transportation Master Plan. The same company working on both plans should ensure both are written in consideration of the other, said Emily Cowan, the municipality’s Grants […]

Successful grant application would renew Bloomfield Main St.,

Successful grant application would renew Bloomfield Main St.,

UPDATE: Councillors voted 7-5 to agree to make the application, following discussion that the $324,400 could be better spent elsewhere. However, it was also noted that if approved, council has the option to decline the funding. Staff will seek council’s support of a Connecting Links $2.7 million grant application to rehabilitate 2.2km of Bloomfield Main […]

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