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.
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.
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.
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.
ABERFOYLE - Puslinch’s five-member council came with a $115,369 price tag for 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.
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.
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.
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.
MAPLETON - Residential taxes here will rise by about $15 per $100,000 worth of assessment in 2017.
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.
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 - 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.
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).
MAPLETON - The Ontario Ombudsman’s office is taking no action after investigating complaints against the township by a developer.
The west stone wall between St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church and James McQueen Public School in Fergus was demolished last week.
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
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.
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 - Guelph-Eramosa township is joining Wellington County in its aggregate property appeal with the Municipal Property Assessment Corporation (MPAC).
KENILWORTH - Wellington North’s municipal office in Kenilworth is going to be renovated in 2017 at a cost of $214,000.
ABOYNE - The Aboyne library was officially reopened last week after being closed for renovations since September.
BRUCEDALE - Guelph-Eramosa councillors were paid about $112,196 in remuneration and $10,277 in expenses last year.
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 and Max Thalen look for their next book after being let into the newly-renovated Aboyne library on March 17.
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.
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.
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.
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
MAPLETON - Mapleton council will consider a rezoning application that would allow an accessory apartment in a semi-detached residence.