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Mapleton backs call for municipal approval of landfills

MAPLETON - Council here supports proposed legislation to formally grant municipalities the authority to approve landfill projects in, or adjacent to, their communities.

Fire bans continue in Minto, Mapleton

WELLINGTON CTY. - Open air fire bans are in place in two local municipalities due to dry conditions. Mapleton Township was the first to ban open air fires on July 11, though the municipality exempted small cooking fires in approved campgrounds.

LPAT appeal for Storybrook subdivision carries on, property owners given participant status

ELORA - The latest step of the Local Planning Appeal Tribunal (LPAT) case involving the Sorbara Group of Companies (Nigus Storybrook LP) and Centre Wellington has ordered that participant status be granted to Alexandra and Derek Graham and Sandra Allan on behalf of Douglas and Muriel Allan.

Council chooses LED streetlights for Tom Street

ELORA - On June 25, staff presented five options for Centre Wellington council to consider related to the installation of new LED streetlights on Tom Street, Fergus.

Does your child struggle with reading and literacy?

GUELPH - The Reading Rocks program, will be offered once again at St. James Catholic High School in Guelph this fall.

Box culvert work begins on Wellington Rd. 7

Box culvert work begins on Wellington Rd. 7

CENTRE WELLINGTON - Wellington County has engaged Xterra Construction Inc, to complete the repairs to the box culvert on Wellington Road 7 south of Sideroad 10, near Ponsonby.

Guelph-Eramosa sells unopened road allowances

BRUCEDALE - Guelph-Eramosa council has completed four different transactions when selling four different unopened road allowances to residents in Everton.

Draft parks, recreation master plan available for review

ELORA - In June, staff brought forward the draft parks, recreation and culture master plan for information to Centre Wellington council during a June 14 special meeting.

Water supply master plan status report given to council

ELORA - A status report on the water supply master plan (WSMP) was presented to Centre Wellington council on June 18.

Firefighters holding toll booth Sept.15

FERGUS - Fergus firefighters will be passing around a boot on Sept. 15 for a good cause.

Arnott elected Speaker, says commitment to constituents remains at forefront

Arnott elected Speaker, says commitment to constituents remains at forefront

TORONTO - Wellington-Halton Hills MPP Ted Arnott now has a greater voice in Ontario’s Legislative Assembly. On July 11, Ontario MPPs elected the 28-year veteran Progressive Conservative MPP as Speaker of the Legislative Assembly.

Council seeks more information before making demolition decision on Perry Street property

ELORA - A demolition request for a home at 645 Perry Street in Fergus is deferred pending further information being brought forward to council. Information sought includes verification of ownership of the building - which is key to arguments made for the building’s preservation.

Caressant Care celebrates volunteers at appreciation luncheon

Caressant Care celebrates volunteers at appreciation luncheon

HARRISTON - Administrator Cathy Cook welcomed 26 volunteers, staff, and residents to the volunteer appreciation luncheon held recently at Caressant Care Nursing Home in Harriston. Her message to the volunteers was “You matter and make a difference by sharing your time and talent. You are committed to volunteer without reward. We are grateful for your care and support and glad you chose to attend the volunteer appreciation luncheon where we give back to you.”

County gives $40,000 to Smart Cities application

GUELPH - Wellington County has contributed $40,000 toward the Guelph-Wellington County Smart Cities application in the hope of grabbing the $10 million prize.

UGDSB trustees approve LTAP recommendations

GUELPH - Upper Grand District School Board (UGDSB) trustees have approved recommendations related to the Long Term Accommodation Plan (LTAP) final report.

Donation

Donation

Fergus Legion 275 donated $25,000 to the Groves Hospital Foundation. Poppy chair Tom Kirby, left, and Legion president Randy Graham, centre, presented the check to hospital CEO Stephen Street.

Committee hears residents’ road safety concerns

GUELPH - Wellington County council discussed road-related items at its June 28 meeting.

No guard for Dundas and Daniel in Erin

ERIN - Council will not be adding another crossing guard at the Dundas Street East and Daniel Street intersection in Erin for the upcoming school year.

Water conservation recommended throughout GRCA watershed

CAMBRIDGE - Due to persistent dry conditions, the Grand River Low Water Response Team is recommending water conservation throughout the Grand River watershed.

Updated snow removal facility approved by Guelph-Eramosa

BRUCEDALE - Guelph-Eramosa Township has approved an expansion and improvement of storm water management for the City of Guelph’s snow disposal facility on township land.

Residents invited to have a say on child care in Wellington North

KENILWORTH - With the changes to childcare set out by the province in January, Wellington County’s Children’s Early Years has undergone some significant changes.

Closed meeting complaints to Ombudsman on the decline

TORONTO - The Office of the Ombudsman of Ontario says complaints to the agency about closed municipal meetings have steadily declined over the past five years, after reaching a high of 305 in 2012-13.

Erin’s draft CIP presented to council

ERIN - A draft community improvement plan (CIP) presented to Erin council on July 10 outlines how grants will be awarded in the community.

County moves forward with garage replacement

GUELPH - Wellington County is in the early stages with its plan to replace the roads operations garage facilities over the next 10 years.

Library kiosks to be added to Mount Forest, Fergus arenas

KENILWORTH - Wellington County libraries are testing a new initiative in Mount Forest and Fergus with the addition of library kiosks.

First TWISTED poker ride benefits Guelph-Wellington Women in Crisis

First TWISTED poker ride benefits Guelph-Wellington Women in Crisis

EDEN MILLS - The TWISTED Women Riders held their first charity poker ride to benefit Guelph-Wellington Women in Crisis on July 8.

County seeks approvals for interim closure of Riverstown landfill phase one

GUELPH - Wellington County will be seeking approvals for an interim closure of the phase one portion of Riverstown landfill as part of its strategy for the dump.

Guelph-Eramosa appoints integrity commissioner

BRUCEDALE - Guelph-Eramosa has decided to appoint Guy Giorno of Fasken Martineau as the township’s integrity commissioner.

Drew barbecue raises $20,000 for man burned in February

Drew barbecue raises $20,000 for man burned in February

DREW - An annual barbecue that’s been held for over 30 years in this small community has raised approximately $20,000 for a local man who was burned after an accident in his home.

Erin council adopts citizen engagement charter

ERIN - The town of Erin has adopted a citizen engagement charter to attempt to improve local public engagement. Communications officer Jessica Spina presented the charter to Erin council on July 10, stating it is a living document that has been in the works “for quite some time now.”

Erin council adopts citizen engagement charter

ERIN - The town of Erin has adopted a citizen engagement charter to attempt to improve local public engagement. Communications officer Jessica Spina presented the charter to Erin council on July 10, stating it is a living document that has been in the works “for quite some time now.”

Race is on for local council seats

MAPLETON - We may not get a chicken in every pot, but we now have a council candidate for every spot.

Open air burn ban in Mapleton exempts campground cooking fires

MAPLETON - On July 11 Mapleton Fire Chief Rick Richardson announced an open-air fire ban in the township due to lack of significant rainfall and forecasted hot, dry conditions.

Maryborough Community Centre re-opened after renovation project

MOOREFIELD - The renovated Maryborough Community Centre was officially re-opened with an open house here on July 12.
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Library kiosks to be added to Mount Forest, Fergus arenas
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