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Heritage Matters: Discuss the Future of our Past

Built Heritage in Prince Edward County will be the focus of “Heritage Matters: The Future of Our Past”, hosted by the County of Prince Edward and its Heritage Advisory Committee (PEHAC) Wednesday, Dec. 15th from 6:30pm-8pm at the Picton Town Hall. The municipality is in the process of reviewing its heritage policies. The public is invited to meet with heritage experts to discuss perspectives and issues.
“How we manage change and still preserve our unique County history, heritage and culture is an important topic and deserving of board public debate,” said Mayor Peter Mertens. “This forum is a first step to bring citizens into the policy review process.”
The program will include an introduction by Marc Seguin, chair of PEHAC, on the history and role of the PEC Heritage Advisory Committee. Peter Lockyer, local historian and owner of History Lives Here Inc., will discuss the County’s rich history and the business case that can be made for preserving its shared past.
Marcus Letourneau, Heritage Planner with the City of Kingston, will detail the options that municipalities have to support heritage conservation. Stephen Ashton, Planner with the Town of Cobourg, will share his experiences with Heritage Conservation Districts from two perspectives. He will discuss his role as a planner working in Cobourg with its Heritage Conservation District, and also as a business owner in Port Hope’s Heritage Conservation District.
Other topics of discussion will include the myths and misconceptions surrounding heritage designation, including the effect on insurance rates, making building alterations, etc.
The evening will close with a question and answer session between the public and the invited speakers. Attendees will also be invited to fill out a survey and provide additional questions or comments.
Copies of  the book “The Settler’s Dream” will be available for purchase and free refreshments will be served. The evening is sponsored in part by Picton Home Hardware and Elizabeth Crombie & Geoff Church – Royal LePage ProAlliance Realty Brokerage. For further details, contact Damien Schaefer, Planner, County of Prince Edward at 613.476.2148, x338 or

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  1. John Redmond says:

    Sure hope it went well at that meeting…New Mayor Mertens was among those who voted to not even allow time for further consideration of preservation of the 135+year old church building on Main Street Picton. This was despite PEC’s Heritage Committee recommendations that it be preserved. This recommendation was in accordance with Ontario provincial heritage guidelines and in keeping with Prince Edward County’s professed policy of preserving the Heritage character of Main St. Picton.

    Here is how the old council, including Maryor Peter Mertens, voted earlier this year.

    From the Prince Edward County website;
    Council who opposed heritage designation
    or even allowing time to reflect further upon the matter:
    BEST, Ray
    BURRIS, Peggy
    GALE, Kevin
    MERTENS, Peter
    O’BRIEN, Dianne
    TURPIN, Barry
    BAILEY, Laverne

    In Favour of heritage designation
    (and public opinion on preserving Picton heritage on Main St.)
    THOMPSON, John
    ALYEA, Monica
    FINNEGAN, Mayor Leo P

    Did not vote; SLIK, Lori – Disclosed Interest
    PARKS, Richard – Absent
    MARISETT, Brian – Absent
    MACDONALD, Keith – Absent

    John Redmond

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