KENILWORTH – A small test well drilled north of Domville Street in Arthur in 2021 has Wellington North’s water department talking about the potential for a new drinking water source following a recent report from R.J. Burnside and Associates on test findings.
Wellington North mayor, staff sound alarm over Bill 23 changes to development charges
WELLINGTON NORTH – Bill 23, the More Homes Built Faster Act, imposes changes to how municipalities can collect and spend development charge dollars. Wellington North officials are concerned with how the bill will affect the township's ability to pay for the costs of increased growth.
Rezoning of farmland for county garage in Arthur snagged in tie vote
KENILWORTH - A bylaw amendment to complete the rezoning of nine acres of farmland to make way for a Wellington County public works garage never made it before council for a vote at its Dec. 5 meeting.
Trial of personal support worker accused of voyeurism continues in April
GUELPH — A 23-year-old Cambridge woman has pleaded not guilty to charges of taking and distributing voyeuristic photos of a resident while working as a personal support worker at the Eden House Care Facility in Guelph/Eramosa.
Increase in Erin fire department calls unrelated to fires: chief
ERIN - Volunteer firefighters in Erin are responding to more vehicle crashes and spending more time on scene at medical calls in 2022 year than 2021.
Adopt-a-Family providing gifts to over 1,400 families
GUELPH – Gifts are wrapped and heading out the door from Adopt-a-Family’s Guelph location to over 1,400 families in the city and Wellington County. This year, Adopt-a-Family has seen more need, fewer donors, and “more folks struggling overall,” program manager Megan Harron said.
Erin, Wellington County asking province to rethink major Greenbelt changes
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.