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Building permit fees might drop as result of increased growth in Centre Wellington

ELORA - Councillors here are asking whether a healthy reserve fund in Centre Wellington’s building department could translate into lower building permit fees in the future.

Construction to begin on Victoria Street in Elora

ELORA - The reconstruction of Victoria Street from York to McNab Street (the roundabout on Metcalfe St./Wellington Road 21) in Elora begins the week of March 27.

Construction values surpass $151 million in Centre Wellington

Construction values surpass $151 million in Centre Wellington

ELORA - Last year was a good one for building activity in Centre Wellington. In presenting the 2016 annual building report to council on March 20, chief building official Randy Bossence said, “The numbers are quite incredible. It’s been a very large increase in a very short amount of time.” Bossence said overall construction values jumped 56%, from $96,634,306 in 2015 to $151,126,355 in 2016.

Developer gets green light for unique sewage solution in Mount Forest

KENILWORTH - Wellington North council has supported a unique sewage system solution as part of a developer’s plan to build 10 townhouses on Mount Forest’s eastern edge.

Puslinch council costs $115,369 in 2016

ABERFOYLE - Puslinch’s five-member council came with a $115,369 price tag for 2016.

Centre Wellington council costs $171,339 in 2016

Centre Wellington council costs $171,339 in 2016

Council costs - The report of council expenses for 2016 was adopted with little discussion at Centre Wellington’s committee of the whole meeting on March 20. Although amounts claimed for meetings and expenses had dropped from the year previous, the overall cost of council crept up by several thousand dollars from $165,731 in 2015 to $171,399 in 2016. Comparing the two years, councillor Don Fisher still held the spot as the least expensive councillor, while Mary Lloyd retained top position at $26,729 in 2017. Each councillor’s overall salary is determined by a number of factors, including meetings attended and expenses incurred - such as attending municipal conferences to gain more insight and education to serve better as a municipal representative.

Centre Wellington council rejects vote-by-mail option

ELORA - Voting by mail is off the table for next year’s municipal election - at least in Centre Wellington. On March 21, councillors defeated a staff recommendation to implement vote by mail as an alternative voting method for the 2018 municipal election.

County seeks input on child care system

WELLINGTON CTY. - The Children’s Early Years Division at the County of Wellington has launched a social media campaign, seeking input from parents and guardians on the current licensed child care system for children birth to 12 years of age.

Polls paint two different pictures of popular opinion about bottled water

WELLINGTON CTY. - When it comes to the opinions of Ontarians on the hot button topic of bottled water, it appears it may depend on who’s asking the questions.

Township taxes to rise by $15 per $100,000 assessment

MAPLETON - Residential taxes here will rise by about $15 per $100,000 worth of assessment in 2017.

Province offers more support for not-for-profits

GUELPH - Ontario is providing more support for the not-for-profit sector in Guelph and Wellington County to better serve the community, promote diversity and encourage volunteerism.

Special medal available to veterans of Second World War

WELLINGTON CTY. - Since 2014 the government of France has been awarding their highest medal, the Legion of Honour to Canadian veterans that participated in the liberation of France in 1944.

Guelph gets green light for Niska Road improvements

GUELPH - Minister of the Environment and Climate Change, Glenn Murray has announced that a higher level of environmental assessment (EA) is not needed to move forward with the reconstruction of Niska Road and replacement of the bridge.

U of G recieves nearly $600,000 in federal funding

U of G recieves nearly $600,000 in federal funding

GUELPH - The University of Guelph has received $596,395 in funding for six projects through the Canada Foundation for Innovation’s John R. Evans Leaders Fund (JELF).

Ombudsman’s office to take no action after investigating council’s decision on wastewater capacity

MAPLETON - The Ontario Ombudsman’s office is taking no action after investigating complaints against the township by a developer.

And the wall came tumbling down

And the wall came tumbling down

The west stone wall between St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church and James McQueen Public School in Fergus was demolished last week.

Mapleton hires new public works director, bylaw officer

MAPLETON - The township has hired a new director of public works. Mapleton council passed a bylaw on March 14 appointing Salvatore (Sam) Mattina to the position, effective March

Tourism manager and analyst resign

WELLINGTON NORTH - Wellington North is losing two staff members this month after tourism, marketing and promotion manager April Marshall and process/compliance analyst Melissa Irvine resigned.

Centre Wellington chooses firm for transportation master plan

ELORA - A Thornhill firm will be helping Centre Wellington pave the way for its future transportation needs. At a special meeting on March 7 council awarded the work to WSP - MMM Group Limited of Thornhill for $129,935.

Guelph-Eramosa joins county’s aggregate property appeal

GUELPH-ERAMOSA - Guelph-Eramosa township is joining Wellington County in its aggregate property appeal with the Municipal Property Assessment Corporation (MPAC).

Municipal office in Kenilworth to receive $214,000 facelift

KENILWORTH - Wellington North’s municipal office in Kenilworth is going to be renovated in 2017 at a cost of $214,000.

Aboyne library reopens after renovations

Aboyne library reopens after renovations

ABOYNE - The Aboyne library was officially reopened last week after being closed for renovations since September.

Elected officials paid $122,473 in Guelph-Eramosa last year

BRUCEDALE - Guelph-Eramosa councillors were paid about $112,196 in remuneration and $10,277 in expenses last year.

Library Reopening

Library Reopening

The Aboyne library was officially reopened on March 17. Councillors, library staff, guests and children help cut the ribbon for the grand reopening on March 17. Photo by Olivia Rutt

Paige turner

Paige turner

Paige and Max Thalen look for their next book after being let into the newly-renovated Aboyne library on March 17.

Service recognized

Service recognized

Mapleton Township deputy clerk Barb Schellenberger, left, was recognized by the Association of Municipal Managers, Clerks and Treasurers of Ontario (AMCTO) after completing a term as chair of the AMCTO Zone 2.

Food: Get informed, not frustrated

Do you ever get frustrated by food and nutrition? Maybe you can’t figure out why you feel bloated after eating certain foods, have family mealtimes that are mayhem or are unsure about which foods are best for a particular health condition.

Nater welcomes riding ‘Daughter of the Vote’ participant

Nater welcomes riding ‘Daughter of the Vote’ participant

OTTAWA - Perth-Wellington MP John Nater welcomed Andrea Strathdee of St. Marys to Parliament as the riding’s representative in the “Daughters of the Vote” event on March 8.

Nails for a cause

Nails for a cause

Fundraising continues for four-year old Jakob Klaassen of Moorefield, who was diagnosed with liver cancer in December. The latest fundraiser, Nails for Jakob, was held on March 9 at A Golden Touch Salon in Drayton. A

Owner addresses objection to apartment in semi-detached unit

MAPLETON - Mapleton council will consider a rezoning application that would allow an accessory apartment in a semi-detached residence.
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BUZZ

Building permit fees might drop as result of increased growth in Centre Wellington
Construction to begin on Victoria Street in Elora
Centre Wellington council costs $171,339 in 2016
Polls paint two different pictures of popular opinion about bottled water
Hunter fined after stray bullet rips through passing car
People sent to hospital after CO leak at Grand Valley arena
More county residents victimized by fraud

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Olivia Rutt and Jaime Myslik
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