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County mayor looking forward to a good new year

Prince Edward County Mayor Robert Quaiff thanks Neil Ellis, new Bay of Quinte MP, for his support.

Prince Edward County Mayor Robert Quaiff thanks Neil Ellis, new Bay of Quinte MP, for his support.

Prince Edward County Mayor Robert Quaiff is looking forward to a new year full of funding for infrastructure and continuation of work with neighbouring municipalities on common concerns.

Welcoming the Bay of Quinte region’s new MP Neil Ellis to the County’s levee Saturday in the Bloomfield Town Hall, Quaiff, to thunderous applause, noted Ellis “knows exactly where that funding comes from, how to get it, and how to give it to us.”

He also welcomed politicians from Belleville, Quinte West and Hastings County noting the door remains open to build on the past year of respect for each other, and working together as the year progresses.

Quaiff also thanked the County’s staff for being “the wheel that keeps everything turning” and noted one of the highlights of the year was unanimous support to choose County native James Hepburn as the new Chief Administrative Officer. He also gave hats off appreciation to councillors and expressed thanks to spouses and families who support those who put in many hours at Shire Hall and all those who volunteer their time throughout the County.

Mayor Robert Quaiff

Mayor Robert Quaiff

Highlights of 2015 included the $10 million County Road 3 (Rednersville Road) project with funding from all three levels of government and Picton’s $5 million Main Street renovation project – both to begin this year. Also celebrated over the past year was the ground breaking for the new Picton fire hall and the opening of the new hall in Consecon and the Age in Place senior’s development at the McFarland Home property. This past year also saw the continuation of the revitalization project for the County’s five core downtowns and work on several roads and bridges.

Under way for 2016 are the Lane Creek project downtown Wellington, the completion of the Union Road upgrades in Ameliasburgh. He also noted great interest in seeing the renovation to Picton’s Royal Hotel property and LCBO under way.

This month, a new committee will be struck to address water and waste water.

“We’ve got some trouble there and the trouble equates to infrastructure such as the 70-year-old pipe work. We’re in debt, so we’re going to reach out to the citizens of Prince Edward County who have expertise and knowledge and it’s there for the asking so we will form that committee and look at long-term sustainability.”

He also hopes to see ecomonic development and planning move forward and work will continue on the corporate stategic plan and affordable housing.

The County will continue to support its hospital, committing $1.25 million over the next 10 years and hopes to welcome the health minister for a visit here this year.

He also wants to see funding for work on the bumpy Highway 49 that he brought to the attention of provincial leaders in 2015.

“We’re looking at that as being a $22 million project,” he said. “We’ve haven’t been told no yet, so we’re looking forward to perhaps hearing some good news on that front as well.”

County museums friends Nancy Woods, Jackie Campbell and Sandra Latchford offered sweets and refreshments.

County museums friends Nancy Woods, Jackie Campbell and Sandra Latchford offered sweets and refreshments.

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