ERIN – The province is proposing to add roughly 7,000 acres of land in Erin to the Greenbelt in exchange for around 7,400 acres of Greenbelt land it plans to remove or redesignate from other areas to make way for housing developments.
Erin council rejects heritage designation request for old Hillsburgh feed mill
ERIN – Erin councillors voted against a request to support heritage designation for a former feed mill in Hillsburgh as the province's deadline for a decision closes in. The new property owner has confirmed the building will be razed.
Wellington County examines diversifying farm land uses
WELLINGTON COUNTY – Provincial policy dictating how agricultural land is used in Ontario allows for secondary on-farm uses, but local land use policy and zoning bylaws can get in the way, preventing farmers from diversifying on-farm income sources.
Resident seeks to revive skating rink at Mountainview Parkette
ERIN – Local resident Stephen Sargent is asking council to consider chipping in for a community ice rink at the Mountainview Parkette.
Rash of thefts at local car washes costing businesses big bucks
WELLINGTON COUNTY – In recent weeks there has been a rash of thefts from car washes throughout Wellington County. Thieves often don't get away with a lot of money, but they are causing tens of thousands of dollars in damage with each theft.
Citizens of year recognized
MOUNT FOREST - The Mount Forest and District Chamber of Commerce presented in-person awards to the 2022 Excellence Award recipients at the Mount Forest Legion in October.
Draft budget proposes 4.5% rate hike for Erin taxpayers next year
ERIN – The town’s new council got a first look at a draft version of the 2023 budget, proposed by finance director Wendy Parr, on Nov. 24.
Penny Renken joins Wellington North council at inaugural ceremony
KENILWORTH – Newly elected Ward 1 councillor Penny Renken was officially welcomed by returning members of Wellington North council at the inaugural meeting on Nov. 21.
Holiday event takes over Palmerston Lions Heritage Park
Light up the park – All Aboard Palmerston and the Palmerston Lions Club brought some holiday magic to Palmerston Lions Heritage Park on the evening of Nov. 18.
‘No job action’: strike averted as province, union reach tentative deal
WELLINGTON COUNTY – Upper Grand and Wellington Catholic District School Board students will remain in classrooms this week following a tentative deal reached between the province and the Canadian Union of Public Employees.
Local pharmacists getting creative during children’s medication shortage
WELLINGTON COUNTY – Local pharmacists are getting creative to address a national supply shortage of child-dose painkillers and anti-inflammatory medication.
New parking arrangement to provide continued access to downtown Arthur clinic, library
WELLINGTON NORTH – A new parking arrangement in downtown Arthur aims to keep parking access open for a county-owned building on Charles Street that houses a clinic and library branch.
Wellington North taking another swing at provincial funding for roadwork
KENILWORTH – Wellington North is taking another swing at the province’s Connecting Link funding, hoping the application is knocked out of the park.
Salary inflation adjustments capped at 4% for Wellington North councillors, mayor
WELLINGTON NORTH – How much Wellington North councillors and the mayor earn remains unchanged after a market review, and salary increases will be capped at 4% due to rising inflation.
Experimental Acres pilot grows farmers’ curiosity
WELLINGTON COUNTY – The first round of the county’s Experimental Acres pilot may have come to an end, but the experiments don’t stop here.