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Council and Committee of the Whole Highlights for April 9 & 11

April 18, 2024

Council Highlights – April 9 Regular Meeting of Council


Mayor Ferguson acknowledged April 14 – 20 as National Volunteer Week and thanked all volunteers for the crucial role they play in our community.

Mayor Ferguson proclaimed April 22 as Earth Day. Click here to view the Earth Day events planned in the County, including the Owen Jones Memorial Clean-up Day.


Mayor Ferguson announces winners of Earth Day Anti-Littering Sign Design Competition
The municipality invited County students to submit design ideas for new anti-littering signs to discourage littering in the community. Two local students, Alia (Gr 8) and Ellie (Gr 6), were recognized as the winners of the anti-littering sign design contest.

Parks and Recreation Master Plan presentation to Council
Jon Hack, Sierra Planning & Management, made a presentation to Council on the County’s Parks and Recreation Master Plan. Click here to view the presentation.


Amy Bodman addressed Council regarding the public consultation check-in on the addition of American Eel to the Wildlife Species at Risk List. Click here to read Amy’s deputation.

Items on the Agenda

Consent and Rezoning Application Files
Council received a report regarding consent and rezoning for a series of application files located south of 3123 County Road 2. Click here to read the full staff report.

Council awards tender for pumper fire apparatus
Council awarded a tender to Dependable Emergency Vehicles in the amount of $621,069.00 plus tax for a new pumper fire apparatus.

Discussion of adding American Eel to List of Wildlife Species at Risk
The County’s Environmental Advisory Committee provide comments to the Department of Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DF)) through the Species at Risk Public Registry regarding whether to add the American Eel to the List of Wildlife Species at Risk of the Species at Risk Act.

Resolution from Councillor Engelsdorfer seeking Council support for the province to amend Ontario Regulation 391/21: Blue Box for ‘ineligible’ sources
Councillor Engelsdorfer’s resolution asked that Council joins the Municipality of Chatham-Kent in their appeal to the Provincial Government to amend Ontario Regulation 391/21: Blue Box so that producers are responsible for the end-of-life management of recycling products from all sources. This resolution will be forwarded to the Honourable Doug Ford, Premier of Ontario, the Honourable Andrea Khanjin, Minister of the Environment, Conservation, and Parks, Todd Smith, Bay of Quinte MPP, the Federation of Canadian Municipalities, the Association of Municipalities of Ontario, the Eastern Ontario Wardens Caucus, Quinte Waste Solutions, and all Ontario Municipalities. Click here to read Councillor Englesdorfer’s full resolution.


Committee of the Whole Highlights – April 11, 2024


Councillor Braney announced his notice of motion on behalf of the County Road 49 Working Group to ask for a letter to be sent to the province regarding the recent announcement with Highway 174 (Road Upload to the Province).


County Docs’ Health Care Connect Premium Pilot Program
Adam Hambly made a deputation to Council regarding the County Doc’s Health Care Connect Premium Pilot Program. Click here to view the deputation. Council approved an additional $75,000 of unbudgeted funds in 2024 from the Tax Stabilization Reserve. The funds will be provided to the Prince Edward Family Health Organization for the Health Care Connect Premium to support the rostering of unattached patients who reside in Prince Edward County to family doctors.

Items on the Agenda

Queen Elizabeth School and Possible Next Steps
Council directed the CAO and Clerk to complete the purchase of the former Queen Elizabeth School property in advance of the June 10, 2024, deadline, with interim funding from the County’s current operating fund. Staff will complete the necessary work for the site and will return with implementation options involving third-party partnership. Click here to view the staff report.

Motions from Closed Session

Memorandum of Understanding with Pleasant Bay Bible Conference Grounds
Council directed staff to explore a Memorandum of Understanding with Pleasant Bay Bible Conference Grounds to support a continuous trail for public use on the western beaches known as the Quarter Session Trail.

The next Regular Meeting of Council will be held on Tuesday, April 23, 2024, at 7 pm at Shire Hall, 332 Main Street, Picton. 

The next Committee of the Whole meeting will be held on Thursday, April 25, 2024, at 1 pm at Shire Hall.

This summary is not a complete record of the proceedings of the meetings. For the official record, please refer to the minutes in the next Council agenda.  A video of this meeting is available on The County’s YouTube Channel.

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