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Council Highlights – March 28, 2023 – Regular Session of Council

March 31, 2023

Presentations & Deputations

Mark Rogers and Craig Mills, General Manager of 99.3 County FM – the Voice of The County addressed Council regarding the 8-part series about homelessness in a rural community

David MacKinnon of the Rotary Club of Wellington, and Dawn Cutler addressed Council regarding pursuing the project of establishing a nurse practitioner office in Wellington. Council directed staff to provide a report that addresses how best to support the Rotary Club of Wellington’s Nurse Practitioner Initiative including funding, provincial advocacy and public communications. Given the urgency of the issue, the staff report will be brought back for the April 27 Committee of the Whole meeting.

Dan Miller, General Manager, Quinte Waste Solutions, Centre and South Hastings Waste Services Board addressed Council regarding the Board Agreement Renewal Report for waste management services.

 

Items for Consideration

Council  reconsidered Motion 2023-46, from the January 24, 2023 Council meeting regarding managing large domestic farm animals running at large in Prince Edward County. Council has directed staff to research and provide recommendations for a draft By-Law that provides a feasible and cost-effective way to manage large domestic animals running at large in Prince Edward County. This would include a means to recover any and all costs associated with the service, and report back to the April 11 Council meeting. The draft By-Law will limit the use of a Pound Keeper to in rare circumstances only, allowing the municipality to contract a pound keeper as necessary where the local farmer or person responsible for the animal is unable or unwilling to manage their livestock..

 

Other Business

Mayor Ferguson proclaimed the Owen Jones Memorial clean-up day on April 22, 2023 in Prince Edward County, and an opportunity to follow Owen’s example to beautify the community.

Mayor Ferguson proclaimed April as Daffodil month to celebrate cancer survivors and acknowledge the contributions of volunteers and donors to fight back against cancer by supporting the Canadian Cancer Society.

Council received a staff report from the Finance and IT Department regarding Funding Enhanced Land Ambulance Evening Service. Council approved $436,643 being utilized from the Tax Rate Stabilization Reserve to fund enhanced land ambulance evening service for 2023. The Chief of Hastings Quinte Paramedic Services is required to present data confirming the utilization of Prince Edward County’s land ambulance service to Council prior to Prince Edward County’s 2024 budget deliberations.

Applicable staff from the Planning and Development department will attend the next feasible Accessibility Advisory Committee meeting to train members on how to comprehend site plans, and the site plan review process.

Council approved the Environmental Advisory Committee’s request for staff support to facilitate a strategic planning session. The Environmental Advisory Committee approved the re-establishment of the natural cover working group, in accordance with the Terms of Reference. The natural cover working group will be recruiting  members of the public to serve as part of the group. Details on recruitment will be available on the County’s website in the coming days as well as broadcasted on the County’s social media channels.;

 

Next Council meeting: Regular Meeting of Council Tuesday, April 11, 2023

This summary is not a complete record of the proceedings of the meeting. 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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