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Three jobs lost in Erin’s ‘strategic realignment’

ERIN - Town officials say three non-management employees have “left the corporation” as a result of a “strategic realignment” of Erin’s workforce. “The 40 per cent of change affects all seven departments within the corporation," said CAO Nathan Hyde.

Belwood, Conestogo lake cottagers seek court decision on MOECC request

Belwood, Conestogo lake cottagers seek court decision on MOECC request

BELWOOD - The Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change (MOECC) is requiring 735 cottages at Belwood and Conestogo lakes to obtain an environmental compliance approval (ECA) due to the high volumes being treated in septic systems. Each application costs $800.

Tenders approved for Colborne St. reconstruction and replacement of 27WG bridge

ELORA - Council here approved tenders for the rebuild of four blocks of Colborne Street in Elora and the replacement of the 27WG bridge (Sideroad 20).

Centre Wellington councillors investigate best allocation of OLG funds

ELORA - Centre Wellington councillors are taking another look at how the township spends OLG funds.

Next phase of Hanlon Expressway upgrades underway

GUELPH - The Ministry of Transportation announced on July 14 it has started the next phase of design work to upgrade the Hanlon Expressway (Highway 6) to a full freeway from Maltby Road northerly to the Speed River.

Lot line adjustments and severance in Guelph-Eramosa

BRUCEDALE - Council here recently received two consent applications for lot line adjustments. The first was from John and Elizabeth Gmur for the property at 33 Ash Street in Eden Mills.

School club donation

School club donation

The Me to We club at Victoria Cross Public School in Mount Forest donated $1,000 to two organizations on June 29. At the last assembly of the school year, the club presented a $500 cheque to the Louise Marshall Hospital Foundation and another cheque to the accessible playground fund.

Wellington North Council selects firm for recreation master plan

MOUNT FOREST - On July 10 Wellington North council selected Monteith Brown Planning Consultants of London to complete a recreation master plan for $39,950.

Memorial bench

Memorial bench

The Pike Lake Minto Lions Club recently presented a bench to Pike Lake Golf Resort in memory of the late Irv Cowen, who founded the resort with his wife Joan.

Canada 150 donation

Canada 150 donation

Maple Leaf Acres residents donated $568 along with three large bins and five boxes of food to the Centre Wellington Food Bank on July 12.

Province provides funding for fire and safety upgrades

GUELPH - The province is providing funding for repairs, renovations, upgrades and fire safety at Guelph and Wellington County agencies to provide better, more secure and accessible facilities for the people who use their services.

Seniors walk six trips across Canada through SMART exercise classes

Seniors walk six trips across Canada through SMART exercise classes

FERGUS - Seniors throughout Wellington and Dufferin Counties in VON (Victorian Order of Nurses) exercise programs have collectively walked enough steps this year to travel across Canada over six times.

East Wellington Community Services looking to offer exercise classes for older adults

BRUCEDALE - East Wellington Community Services (EWCS) is looking for a larger space to offer more active programming to older adults in Rockwood.

Poker walk

Poker walk

The June 19 poker walk at the Victoria Park Seniors Centre in Fergus was one of many events celebrating June as Seniors Month in Canada.

Snow Angel contingent adds three members

Snow Angel contingent adds three members

BRUCEDALE - Guelph-Eramosa Township recognized three honourary Rockwood Snow Angels.

Erin adopts policy to purchase responsible aggregate materials

ERIN - The Town of Erin adopted a procurement policy including Cornerstone Standards Council (CSC) certification as part of the procurement evaluation criteria at its July 11 meeting.

Hutchison named Citizen of the Year

Hutchison named Citizen of the Year

CLIFFORD - Lions Ivan and Sheila Campbell hosted the Clifford Lions annual year end barbecue on June 15 in Clifford.

Funding announced for four area hospitals

GUELPH - The province has announced financial support for hospitals in Guelph and Wellington County with funding for repairs and upgrades to four hospitals this year.

Free concert celebrates Canada’s multiculturalism

TORONTO - As Canada celebrates its 150th birthday, Metro Ontario’s Homegrown Tour will include a food and music experience in Guelph on July 27.

Donation for life jackets

Donation for life jackets

On July 8 comrade Dave Evans of the Fergus Legion Branch 275 made a presentation of $1,000 to the Belwood Lodge and Camp located in Belwood.

Erin wants partnership with county, UGDSB on speed signs near Brisbane Public School

ERIN - Council is asking Wellington County and the Upper Grand District School Board to partner with the town to install two speed activated digital signs on Wellington Road 124 at Brisbane Public School.

The Big Flush: Don’t be a party pooper

CENTRE WELLINGTON - Big Brothers Big Sisters of Centre Wellington is excited to roll out The Big Flush – a fun campaign to support their growing six mentoring programs which serve over 150 Centre Wellington children every year.

Erin Refugee Action pairs with Syrian family

ERIN - The Erin Refugee Action group has been matched with a Syrian family.

Clarification on description of Mini Lakes community

ABERFOYLE - Regarding the recent fire in the Mini Lakes Community, in the July 14 edition of the Wellington Advertiser, the location was incorrectly called a trailer park.

Gravel pit zoning approved by council

MOUNT FOREST - Wellington North council has approved a zoning amendment for a gravel pit on Concession 4 North and Sideroad 2 East.

Puslinch gets request to switch Swastika Trail to Travelled Road

ABERFOYLE - Puslinch council is considering a request to change the name of Swastika Trail to Travelled Road.

Erin council assessing impact of end to tax exemption

ERIN - Council here has asked staff for a report on the impact of the elimination of the one-third tax free portion of elected officials’ salaries.

Tax exemption could have $16,000 impact on township

MOUNT FOREST - The elimination of the one-third tax free portion of elected officials’ salaries could impact Wellington North to the tune of about $16,000 annually.

Guelph applies for new snow disposal facility

BRUCEDALE - The City of Guelph has completed an application for a zoning bylaw amendment to allow an expanded snow disposal facility in Guelph-Eramosa Township.

Erin borrowing $2.5 million for Station Street bridge replacement

ERIN - Erin will borrow $2.5 million to replace the Station Street bridge in Hillsburgh.

Long service dedication

Long service dedication

Erin’s deputy fire chief Ken Keeler was honoured at the July 11 council meeting for 31 years of service as a volunteer firefighter and deputy fire chief at Erin Station 10.

Badenoch residents ask Puslinch Township  to continue ownership of community centre

Badenoch residents ask Puslinch Township to continue ownership of community centre

ABERFOYLE - It looks like Puslinch Township intends to continue its ownership of the Badenoch Community Centre.

GRCA: June 23 flood result of record one-day rainfall

GRCA: June 23 flood result of record one-day rainfall

CAMBRIDGE - The Grand River Conservation Authority says the flooding associated with a record rainfall event on June 23 was the direct result of more than 100 millimeters of rain falling in the span of two to three hours across a wide section of the northern portion of the watershed.

Mapleton to consider PXO funding during 2018 budget deliberations

DRAYTON - Mapleton council will consider funding the construction of a pedestrian crossover (PXO) on Wellington Street (Wellington Road 11) at the intersection of Andrews Drive in Drayton next year.

Glynis Belec discusses book on grief at congregate dinner

DRAYTON - Grief is a normal and natural reaction to a change of any kind. Drayton resident Glynis Belec and five Canadian authors have compiled an anthology on the grieving process.

Council renews temporary status of 32-year-old dwelling

MAPLETON - A request for a zoning amendment to renew the temporary use of a garden suite (mobile home) on a rural property here sparked a discussion on July 11 on the philosophy behind such structures.

UGDSB passes 2017-18 school year budget

GUELPH - The Upper Grand District School Board has passed the 2017-18 school year budget. Trustees approved an operating budget of $388,474,690.
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