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Friday, April 6, 2012
Council unanimous in decision to stay out of court for turbine appeal by David Meyer MAPLETON TWP. The only appeals against the NextEra Energy Canada wind turbine proposal will be coming from citizens, after council rejected a municipal appeal last week. Council met behind closed doors for nearly an hour on March 27 to consider advice from its lawyer, Guelph solicitor Peter Pickfield. They then re-opened the meeting and unanimously agreed (councillor Neil Driscoll was absent) they could not spend taxpayersâ€™ money on an appeal that was unlikely to succeed. Earlier in the meeting, Preserve Mapleton Incorporated, the citizen group opposing the turbine project, had president Tyler Struyk remind all councillors they campaigned against wind turbines. Struyk invited council to be part of the judicial appeal against the approval of NextEraâ€™s 10-turbine project southwest of Arthur. He asked council to support a notice of motion by councillor Neil Driscoll from
the previous meeting that would have council instantly informed if NextEra Energy Canada applies for a building permit. Struyk also asked for a written response to the groupâ€™s request for a township judicial appeal and invited council to be a part of the court proceedings that were to begin this week. Later in the meeting, council unanimously supported Driscollâ€™s motion, even though Driscoll himself was absent. But, after meeting for nearly an hour in a closed session, council was unanimous it would not be part of a judicial appeal. Mayor Bruce Whale said in an interview after the vote that Preserve Mapleton Incorporated, a group of citizens opposing the Ministry of Environment approval of the NextEra project, might have a better chance in court from a private perspective than the township would have from a municipal approach. Preserve Mapleton Incorporated has filed not only a court appeal, but also an Environmental Tribunal Appeal.
Unusual notice of motion passes unanimously by David Meyer MAPLETON TWP. Procedural issues at municipal councils often mean wrangling about the finer points of the rules - but one arose here on March 27 that nobody had ever seen before. The previous meeting, councillor Neil Driscoll presented a notice of motion. Such notices are a politeness that inform other councillors something is coming for them to
think about. Driscollâ€™s motion was â€œthat the township directs staff to request that the chief building official provide immediate notice to the township, through the chief administrative officer/ clerk, of any applications for building permits submitted by NextEra so that the township can, at that time, review the application in the context of other required approvals for the Continued on page 5
Ending on a high note - Davin and Andrew Grose of Alma were silver medal winners at the final high school snowboard race of the 2012 season. The pair races with the Centre Wellington District High School team. The final competition was held at Beaver Valley Ski Club. submitted photo
Petitioner complains about condition, safety of road by David Meyer MAPLETON TWP. Residents on Sideroad 6 of old Maryborough Township have watched their road get worse over the years, but now they say it is downright unsafe at times. On March 27, Trevor Misch presented council with a petition from 22 residents living on Sideroad 6 between Concession 8 and County Road 8. He said along that 1.5-mile stretch there are 37 residents and lots there for three more homes. Misch acknowledged he knew when he moved there the road was gravel, but said it keeps deteriorating. â€œIn years past, after typical grader maintenance and dust control, the road would remain
relatively free of potholes and ruts for several weeks before showing signs of wear and tear,â€? he said in a written statement to council. â€œIn the past few years the same grader maintenance treatment would result in only a few days of smooth road surface before potholes and ruts would begin developing again.â€? Misch said there are 23 licenced drivers living on the stretch of road, and with the weird weather lately, there are days it is very unsafe. He said he almost had an accident there by losing control of his vehicle, and several of his neighbours have told him similar stories. â€œAll our concerns are the same,â€? he said, adding it is
â€œprimarily safety.â€? He said the road might be normal one day, but that depends on the weather. He said this spring is â€œthe worst in years,â€? and added at times it is â€œridiculously messy.â€? He said while driving only 60km/h his vehicle suddenly turned sideways. Misch said he is unsure why the road is suddenly worse, but added it could be due to increased traffic, or simply that heavier trucks are travelling on it, but, â€œThe road is losing its ability to handle traffic.â€? He added his neighbours like to walk on the sideroad, but this spring it is â€œtoo messy and too dangerous to walk on.â€? Misch said paving it would be one solution.
Mayor Bruce Whale told Misch this is the year Mapleton will work on roads on the old Maryborough side of the township. Whale said the issue is trying to build up the roadâ€™s base. He explained many of Mapletonâ€™s roads were not built well in the early days, but to dig them up and rebuild them from scratch is too expensive, so the township is trying to build them up with gravel. Whale also noted the townshipâ€™s road tour will be early this year and council and staff will take a look at that section. But, he said, there are â€œno guarantees.â€? The mayor concluded, â€œI know it has been a particularly bad winter on our roads.â€?
Green brings a wide variety of county news to Mapleton council by David Meyer MAPLETON TWP. - A familiar face returned to the council chamber here on March 27, but this time former mayor John Green was on the delegation side and sitting in the audience. Green, currently a county councillor representing Mapleton, brought council a wide variety of news - but he admitted he was uncertain about some financial implications. That is because the provincial budget was set to be released a few hours after his
address to council. Green was acting warden in the absence of Chris White, who Green said was in Toronto that day to â€œget the bad newsâ€? first hand. Green noted Mapleton has not yet finished its budget and he explained that for this year, the county held its tax increase to under two per cent in order to allow struggling lower tier municipalities to raise their rates without a huge overall increases in total taxes. He said the low increase was a first for the county in many years, and Main St. W. Palmerston
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might not happen again. Green said the move â€œallows you to increase your rates five or six per cent or maybe more and still have an [overall] increase of three per cent.â€? Green noted the county is building a new OPP station in Teviotdale, and it is finishing major renovations to the Harriston library. In that latter category, he noted Fergus is the last Carnegie library to be renovated. Mapleton did not have a Carnegie library (such librar-
ies were built at the turn of the 20th century though donations by American multi-millionaire philanthropist Andrew Carnegie) so Drayton got a state of the art library. â€œItâ€™s very expensive to preserve libraries,â€? Green said. There is another major county project coming. The county garage on County Road 7 is being replaced. Green said there have been some difficulties but the project should start soon. â€œI suspect weâ€™ll be turning sod in the next few months,â€?
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Green said. He said the warden, along with Centre Wellington Mayor Joanne Ross-Zuj, has been working to preserve the partnership the province had with the OLG and horse organizations. The provincial government threatened to break that deal, suddenly calling the horsemenâ€™s groupsâ€™ share of slots revenue a â€œsubsidyâ€? and indicating it would be stopped. Green said the county is lobbying for the protection of the horse industry because it represents 60,000 jobs in
Ontario and if the OLG money is discontinued â€œa lot who are employed will be no longer employed.â€? Green said he has heard the move might be â€œa stop-gap for a few years.â€? The province is awash in a sea of debt and deficits, and needs cash to start controlling them. Some good news in the Don Drummond report to the province on how to reduce its deficit is the province is likely to continue to upload social service costs. There were two Continued on page 4
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Chong, Schellenberger pleased with budget’s ‘reasoned response’ to economy by David Meyer OTTAWA - The federal budget passed on March 29 is designed to help get people back to work and encourage economic growth, according to Wellington-Halton Hills MP Michael Chong. He said he believes the
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$5.2 billion, which represents a decrease in cash in various departments of 6.9%. Chong said that means cutting the federal civil service by 19,000 jobs. That service had added about 29,000 jobs over the past ten years. “We expect that 7,000 of those 19,000 will be achieved through attrition,” Chong said. The result of those cuts and spending reductions means, “We will return to balanced budgets in the next three years.” Plus, he said, the debt-togross-domestic-product (GDP) rate has dropped to its lowest level in decades. At the end of the Second World War that figure was 100%. A few years ago, it was about 40%. Now the federal debt-to-GDP ratio is 29%, Chong said. “We’ll be in a better position than at any point in the 1990s or at any point in the 1980s ... to weather future circumstances,” he added. He also noted the cuts are modest. He said they are 2% of federal program spending, and that amounts to a $2,000 spending reduction for a household with an income of $100,000. “I expect that Canadians expect us to be prudent with their tax dollars,” he said. “Two per cent is very reasonable.” Municipal help After much lobbying by the Federation of Canadian Municipalities, there will continue to be cash coming to repair existing infrastructure projects. The federal government has worked with the municipalities for several years now, and Chong noted the provinces have also been a part of that three-way infrastructure spending (Ontario dropped out of that commitment with its budget two days prior to the federal
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budget). As well, Chong noted there is $105 million for Via Rail spending to improve its operations. Help for workers Chong said the budget also took steps to help protect workers when companies run into difficulties. All federally regulated companies will be forced to take out insurance on their long-term disability programs for employees. He said that will protect those workers even if the company gets into financial trouble so “applicants will receive the benefits they are entitled to.” Those companies include banks, telecom companies such as Bell, Rogers and Telus, as well as airlines and radio and TV stations. Increased cash Chong said there are no reductions to such things as health care spending, unemployment or education. “We’re increasing those transfers,” he said. The government has promised to increase health care spending by 6% for several years, and then it will tie increases to the GDP. Chong reiterated the budget is “prudent. This will help us achieve a balanced budget in the next three years.” Schellenberger pleased Perth-Wellington MP Gary Schellenberger was also pleased about “keeping taxes low and returning Canada to balanced budgets over the medium term.” He said in a press release, “Our Conservative government is squarely focused on what matters to Canadians: jobs and economic growth.” He noted the global economy remains fragile and too many Canadians are still looking for work, so the focus is on
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Pettapiece blasts provincial budget for broken promises
Stars of the Town - A few technical glitches led to a more intimate viewing of various Stars of the Town on April 1 at the county museum in Aboyne. photo by Mike Robinson
‘Stars of the Town’ shine at archives
by Mike Robinson ABOYNE - One can only wonder what Rev. Massecar would think today of the legacy he left to local communities. Archives Awareness Week in Wellington County started off with a showing of a half dozen of the films Massecar created in Wellington County - specifically those filmed in Drayton, Elora, Palmerston, Hillsburgh, Rockwood and Erin. The silent-film series, Stars of the Town, brings to life small town Ontario. The story is that in order to supplement his modest income, divinity student Rev. LeRoy (Roy) H. Massecar (19182003) travelled to small towns in Ontario, where he would film scenes of everyday life. Massecar had a passion for film at a time when people did not have home movies. The series was shot between 1947 and 1949. Massecar filmed individuals doing everyday things and after editing the films, Massecar would return to the towns to screen them at community centres and town halls, charging a small admission price. The films were called Stars of the Town, because the residents were indeed the stars of the community. His wife, Marion Massecar, donated his collection of films featuring 88 small towns in Ontario to the University of
Western Ontario archives in 2005. At that time, the archives converted the films to DVD format, which are available to order. The list of those films is now over 100. Moorefield film Despite the extensive list of films donated to the Western Archives, there appear to be a few hidden gems in the community. Attending the event was Nancy Johnston of Elora, who said her family owns the film taken in Moorefield and is in the midst of discussion about donating the film. “My dad bought it after the gentleman had taken the film and had came back a few years later [to show] it at the town hall. He’d offered it for sale, so my dad bought it. “We didn’t realize for quite a few years, until about five years ago, that there were more of these [films]. We just thought we had one of Moorefield.” It was filmed in the same timeframe as the other films. “At one point, to preserve it, we put it on a VCR tape and put names to it because my mother and I could remember almost everyone on it.” Johnston said when DVDs became popular, it was converted to that format with music added to the background. “But we still have the original tape as well.”
County to pick up tab for FCM, AMO reps by David Meyer GUELPH - County council has endorsed a recommendation from its administration, finance and personnel committee to pick up the costs for councillors sitting on federal and provincial boards. Council made that decision on March 29. It also endorsed councillor Joanne Ross-Zuj in her bid for re-election to the board of the Federation of Canadian
Municipalities (FCM) in June. The recommendation was that the county assume all of Ross-Zuj’s costs to attend the meeting. Council also agreed to cover costs for councillor Don McKay if he is elected to the FCM board. Finally, council agreed it would cover all costs for councillor John Green in his role with the county caucus of the Association of Municipalities of Ontario.
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TORONTO - Too little, too late. That’s how PerthWellington MPP Randy Pettapiece described the provincial budget, presented on March 27 in the Ontario legislature. “The Liberals have maxed out Ontario’s credit card,” said Pettapiece. “For all the government’s talk of restraint, this budget barely scratches the surface of the mountain of debt they’ve collected.” At a projected $15.3 billion for 2011-12, the provincial deficit stands about three times
higher than those of all other provinces combined. “The McGuinty government has two deficits: a financial deficit and a credibility deficit,” Pettapiece said. “Premier McGuinty has yet to accept any responsibility for his part in creating those deficits over the last eight years. Their budget is a very weak response to their spending addiction.” The government is now proposing to cancel the tax cuts for businesses that it once promised to deliver. That, said Pettapiece, will send a terrible signal to job creators, at a time
when new private-sector jobs are needed more than ever. “This budget is bad news for the unemployed,” Pettapiece said. “It’s bad news for businesses, especially small businesses, that would create the jobs we need in PerthWellington. They are the backbone of our local economy.” The budget also targets farmers with its intention to renegotiate the business risk management program – another broken promise, said Pettapiece. Many farmers and small businesses will take another hit with the government’s plan to
cap the so-called “clean energy benefit” at 3,000kWh per month. “The Liberals have again refused to acknowledge the high cost of their energy policies,” said Pettapiece. “While many people are struggling to pay their bills, the Liberal budget has no plan to address skyrocketing energy costs.” For all of these reasons, Pettapiece planned to vote against the budget. “This isn’t about party politics,” said Pettapiece. “It’s about the future of our province.”
County council costs rose about $39,000 in 2011 by David Meyer GUELPH - County council cost Wellington ratepayers $741,100 last year, up over 5% from $702,440 in 2010. Warden Chris White, as expected, topped the spending, with a combined salary, tax-free municipal allowance, benefits and expenses reaching $104,870. That includes a regular salary of $54,225, an allowance of $27,110, benefits of $10,500 and expenses of $13,025. White also received pay of $4,200 as chairman of the Rural Ontario Municipal Association and had expenses there of $4,110 for a total of $8,310. Councillors are permitted to deduct one-third of their pay as
expenses for income tax purposes and that makes up the municipal allowance. The rest of council received a salary of $19,935 per person and an allowance of $9,965. The benefits each collected are different, and those, along with their expenses on municipal business such as conference and trips make up the difference in their totals. The councillors’ costs, in order from highest to lowest (including benefits, and expenses), are: - Joanne Ross-Zuj, $53,675 total, $6,350 in benefits and $$17,425 in expenses; - George Bridge, $45,465, $5,530 and $10,040 respectively; - Don McKay, $45,300,
$$5,530, $9,875; - Gary Williamson, $43,545, $5,245, $8,400; - Ray Tout, $42,810, $6,350, $6,560; - Bruce Whale, $42,480, $6,350, $6,230; - Gord Tosh, $41,710, $46,350, $5,460; - John Green, $41,627, $5,600, $61,30; - Lynda White, $40,990, $3,670, $7,420; - Ken Chapman, $40,885, $5,530, $5,460; - Jean Innes, $40,875, $6,350, $4,630; - Shawn Watters, $40,700, $6,350, $4,450; - Lou Maieron, $40,540, $6,350, $4,290; - Dennis Lever, $39,100, $5,530, $3,670; and
Mark MacKenzie, $36,525, $2,300, $4,330. For comparison purposes, only three county councillors other than the warden had totals over $40,000 for the 2010 salary year (Chris White, Green and former councillor Barb McKay). In 2011, there were 13. The county also released the pay and expenses of several of its boards and committees. Most of those were minimal amounts. The nine-member accessibility committee had a total cost of $2,580. The four-member library board had a total cost of $3,680. The police services board had a total cost of $2,260.
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MOOREFIELD - On March 27 the Maryborough Horticultural Society welcomed Linda Wideman. A former employee of St. Jacobs Country Gardens, Wideman demonstrated how to make a living wreath and she talked about herbs. Wideman recommended using small plants for a living wreath and made one using violas. If watered regularly, the wreath will last all summer, she said (later on the wreath was won by Rosemary Nibourg).
Wideman demonstrated her talk with a slideshow. Wideman also grows a great variety of herbs. Their uses are extensive, including for salads (chives, dill, marjoram, parsly), as a salt substitute (basil, marjoram, chives), to repel insects (basil) and to attract butterflies (lavender, lemon balm). After more examples and some questions, Dorothy Noecker thanked Wideman for her presentation. Lunch was prepared by
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FROM PAGE ONE big uptakes from the county in 2009 and 2010 and “We hope that continues.” Green said the Ontario Municipal Partnership Fund (OMPF) “could be threatened.” He called the OMPF “very important for Wellington County” and said if the province cancels it, “That could bankrupt some municipalities” and put taxes “up over $1 million.” (White announced at county council two days later the OMPF has been reduced overall by $25 million a year but it has not been eliminated. The fund was created when the province downloaded services and recognized municipalities were being asked to pay far more than they were giving up to the province.) Green also noted
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There have been arguments made that Dalton McGuinty either does not care about the countryside or he is completely ignorant about what goes on out here in the boondocks. Onetime MPP and cabinet minister John Wilkinson used to drag a bunch of city MPPs out to the rural area to show them that not everything has to be paved over to be livable, and that farmers are people too. Given the latest emanations from Queen’s Park in the form of the budget, very few of those lessons stuck with those MPPs, and certainly not with McGuinty or Finance Minister Dwight Duncan. We can recall about 14 years ago when we faxed Premier Mike Harris and asked him, in as nice a way as possible, if he was crazy. Harris was, at that time, contemplating selling the LCBO because a bunch of city slickers from Toronto felt it should be their Godgiven right to buy booze at the corner store at all hours of the day and night. Privatizing the LCBO would place about $1.5 billion in the provincial coffers at a time it was really needed. The only problem we had with that plan, and we told Harris just that, was the LCBO was showing a profit of nearly $700 million a year, was socially responsible, and there was no need to sell it. We suggested it was one of the few things the provincial government ran that not only worked well, but made a profit. Far be it for us to claim we changed the premier’s mind, but a few weeks later Harris announced he was scrapping the sale. Since then, the LCBO’s profits have reached nearly $1.3 billion a year. Imagine that lost money for all those years in between missing from the province’s well depleted coffers today. Alas, McGuinty has proved conclusively over the years he does not listen. The stubborn Premier Dad has decided a healthy and profitable partnership between slots and racetracks - and it was a partnership - should be spun into being called a “subsidy” so he could sell an abrogation of his agreement as being fiscally prudent, and kill the deal. Ostensibly, his changes to the OLG and slot programs are going to create nearly 2,500 jobs, mainly in Toronto (500 are already gone at three closed slots facilities in western Ontario). Meanwhile, out here in the boondocks, where all we managed to do is keep the premier and his cohorts well fed, thousands of jobs and livelihoods are in jeopardy. The Toronto Star did a magnificent article on Sunday about how far reaching the affects are. McGuinty, while not listening to anyone for advice (after all, Father Knows Best, eh?) cannot seem to see past his long nose. While he creates a handful of jobs, he is killing thousands in rural Ontario. Maybe he figures with the horses gone there will be less opposition to his turbine program. Wellington County, for good or ill, has had a long standing love affair with horses. One can argue the county should be more focused on beef, hogs, sheep or some other product, but the fact is people here favour horses. So McGuinty’s axe on the horse industry falls squarely on Wellington County. It falls on breeders who will see their sales drop. It falls on the racetracks and their employees. It falls on veterinarians, horse trainers, feed mill employees, the farmers that supply hay, straw and feed, the builders of horse trailers, the barn builders, the stable boys who clean those barns, those who supply rubber mats for horse stalls, and those who build barns for horses. In a word, McGuinty’s axe has fallen on just about everyone in Wellington, and the ripples are going to move outward from here across the province - not quite reaching cities until the upload of social services hits and everyone will scratch their heads and wonder why there is a sudden high demand for welfare. At some point, somebody is going to have to stop this guy. Unfortunately, we have to hope it is the NDP. Isn’t that a wonderful party on which to pin the hopes of this province? David Meyer
council. Actually, it was some advice. He said there had been reports of council considering closing and selling road allowances in rural areas. He said, “I caution you” that many rural people see roads as all they get for their taxes and they will not take kindly to losing some of those. But, he said, if council decides it wants to close “one or two, I can give you a list.” He added, “if you close one, you’re setting a precedent,” and called that “a bad idea.” Councillor Mike Downey asked if Green was referring to open road allowances or closed allowances. Green said he was talking about open roads. Whale told him, “We appreciate your comments,” and added council has made “no decisions at this point.”
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he had volunteered the hall as a possible location when the issue arose at a county emergency management meeting, but “it’s your decision, of course.” Mayor Bruce Whale asked Green about uploads and dealings with the province. Green said with the Drummond report and the effect of the budget coming in a few hours, he is unsure. One problem with the Drummond report is “There is no word on how [cuts recommended in the report] will affect society.” He added between the provincial budget coming that day and the federal budget two days later, “There could be devastation.” Green’s questions Council had no questions for Green, but he had some for
Mapleton’s concerns that the way forests and farmlands are taxed is costing municipalities money, but he disagrees with how much. He noted a recent news article quoted finance director Mike Givens as suggesting the cost is about $700,000 annually, but Green thinks it is likely closer to $1.2 million. He conceded when it comes to getting the province to change the system, “It’s very difficult to break that.” Green said the Western Warden’s Association is lobbying for change and, “We still continue to put it on the table.” Green cited a list of county roads in Mapleton that will get work this year. He said, too, the county might want the use of the Moorefield hall for emergency management uses. He said
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MAPLETON 2012 GREEN LEGACY TREE DISTRIBUTION DAY The Green Legacy continues in 2012. The Township of Mapleton will again be offering a “Tree Day” where tree seedlings will be made available, free of charge, to residents of the Township of Mapleton. Property owners can pre-order up to a maximum of 50 trees in bundles of 10. Pre-ordered trees will be available for pick-up: Saturday, May 5th Peel Shop Garage/Mapleton Municipal Office, 7275 SdRd.16, Drayton, ON 8:00 am -11:00 am Food bank donation gratefully accepted. Trees include: Eastern White Cedar, Red Osier Dogwood, American/White Elm, Bur Oak, Red Oak, Eastern White Pine, Red Pine, Norway Spruce, White Spruce, and Tamarack. To place an order, please contact the Township of Mapleton Municipal Office at 519-638-3313 ext. 31 or ext. 21.
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Column courtesy of Mapleton Historical Society Maryborough 1873 Audit An interesting document was passed from the municipal office to the Mapleton Historical Society recently. It is the hand written audit of the financial affairs of Maryborough Township for the year 1873. Curiously, the pages have been glued together to form a continuous length of paper which is neatly rolled on a piece of wooden dowel about nine inches long and one inch in diameter. Fortunately, the auditors wrote an abstract summary of the receipts and expenditures along with their audit statement, all of which is attached at the end of the roll. As today, the majority of their funds were raised by municipal taxes, listed as “Collectors Rolls.” A government school grant of $652 was paid to 16 school sections and two union schools. (union schools had pupils from two townships, for example Riverbank School was in Maryborough but over half of the pupils lived in Peel Township). As well the municipality paid a grant of $598. There must have been a formula based on the number of pupils because no two school sections were paid the same amount. It appears the money was paid in cash to the individual teachers, not to the board of trustees for each section. Perhaps it was part of their salary.
There were ten tavern licences at $15 each issued in the township that year. As well fines levied by the Justice of the Peace brought in $38. About $281 was received for the clergy reserve but it was apparently forwarded to the owners of the reserve. The wild land tax of $150 is a mystery I would love to solve. The pound keeper collected $11 for stray animals. Expenses show he was returned the $11. Was this his pay for the job? The municipality paid $152 in expenses for the care and burial of small pox victims that year and several indigents shared funding of $45. The election that year cost the municipality $26 - for salaries of the five returning officers and the hall rental. The cost of bridge building and repairs and road maintenance was $3,067 - about 30% of the taxes collected. The county levy was $3,901 - 39% of taxes collected. There were also coupons with the Bank of Montreal (outstanding debentures?) on which the interest that year was $1,860. The cost of administration and council, salaries and expenses amounted to $981. All these numbers seem such small amounts, but I wonder if we extrapolated them into today’s numbers if we would find the percentages that much different.
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Unusual notice of motion passes unanimously Mayor proposes to re-open debate on other, previously-defeated motions
FROM PAGE ONE wind turbine project.” When councillors present such motions, nothing more can be done or even spoken about them until the next meeting. But clerk Patty Sinnamon said she was forced to look through a number of procedural rule books about this one and never really did find a definitive answer - because Driscoll was unable to attend the council meeting. The normal way to handle such notices is the person presenting it moves it and hopes someone will second it. If nobody does, the motion is dead immediately. If someone does, then it can be debated and voted on. In this case, Sinnamon suggested two other willing coun-
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cillors could move and second Driscoll’s motion. Two did, and with no debate at all, it passed unanimously. More to come After council completed that part of its agenda, it considered other notices of motion. Mayor Bruce Whale had two. He will present motions to bring back for debate two recently defeated decisions of council. One was to close up and sell Nelson Street in Rothsay to help correct an error made by the township when it issued a building permit a few years ago. The other dealt with lots near Glen Allan and their frontage using the unopened portion of Sideroad 16. They will be considered when council meets again on April 10 at 7pm.
City and county reach agreement on Terrace funding lawsuit by David Meyer GUELPH - County and city officials are hoping an agreement reached last week over the Wellington Terrace will be a positive step towards better relations between the two neighbours. Warden Chris White announced at council on March 29 that Guelph and Wellington have reached an agreement over a dispute on funding the seniors’ home in Aboyne, which has been dragged out since before the new Terrace was opened. White said the issue began back in 1996 when the provincial government decided all upper tier municipalities had to provide a home for the aged or be a partner in such a facility. Wellington County owned Wellington Terrace in Elora at the time, but council decided several years later to build a new facility because that building needed too much work. It chose Aboyne and the county museum lands for the new location. Guelph had partnered with the county in order to meet the provincial requirements. White said the county expected it would help pay for “bricks and mortar,” but the city felt otherwise. The two have been in a dispute and involved in litigation over the Terrace since 2004.
The county sued because Guelph was withholding not only payment on the building, but also its share for residents from Guelph living in the building. Further, Guelph believed only 14 per cent of the beds there were being used by Guelph citizens, and the county said that figure was 20%. White said the agreement states the county will pay the full cost of the building and own it entirely, and Guelph will pay the 20% figure the county wants for operating costs for Guelph residents. The result of the settlement is the county will receive $4.1 million from the city, and “We agreed to drop all lawsuits.” But White is hoping for more than just that. For the past several years, it seems the city and county have been battling each other in court over a wide variety of issues. White said with this agreement he hopes “it sets the template for ambulance and social services” - two other jurisdictional disputes between the two. “I’m hoping this deal re-sets the relationship.” He said, “The city got what it wanted. The city does not have to pay for bricks and mortar, and it’s our asset. This clears the slate for us with the city.”
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He added, “We look forward to a constructive relationship with the city on long-term care going forward.” Mayor Karen Farbridge said she is pleased with the agreement and sees better days ahead with the county. “The Terrace agreement was particularly frustrating for county council,” she said. That agreement went back to 1996 and there had been no other since then. When Farbridge was off council, the city became embroiled in the dispute about paying for the building of the new Terrace. The county wanted 20% of
that $26 million cost and now the city will not have to pay it. “That was very important to us,” Farbridge said. She said the county wanting Guelph to pay for some of the capital cost “was a key part of the litigation.” Further, she said, in the absence of a formal agreement, Guelph had continued paying $166,000 a year as its share of the operating costs of the Terrace; about 14%. The Terrace has 176 residents. The new agreement calls for a 20% fee to the city. Farbridge said that appears to be a five year average and Guelph rec-
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ognizes costs have gone up since 1996, when the percentage of 14 was set, “which may have been the average when the original agreement was set.” She said the way the agreement is now structured, Guelph pays a flat 20% of operating costs even if only 18% of the Terrace residents are from the city. That percentage remains even if the city residents living
there goes above 20%. Farbridge said that gives the city certainty of costs so it can budget for it. As for better relations, Farbridge said, “I certainly hope so. I certainly appreciate working with the warden on this ... It’s symbolic of wanting to advance to other things. I may help pave the way for that.”
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By Dave Tiessen, Pastor, Community Mennonite Fellowship, Drayton
A Life Changing Story Telling stories is one of the things that makes us human. We are creatures who are capable of reflecting and remembering. Usually stories have a more powerful effect on us than ordinary information or moral teaching. Our lives are shaped by the stories we remember and tell. Our lives are also shaped by the stories we don’t remember and tell. A number of years ago in another community, I, as a pastor, visited a young couple who had come to our congregation. They were a normal young married couple with little kids, but they seemed restless and discontent. In our conversation it came up that he was the son of Hungarian parents who became refugees while fleeing Hungary during the revolution in 1956. When I commented that it must have been a very difficult and scary experience for his parents, and that they were probably most grateful to have settled in Canada after their hardships, he said that his parents had never talked about it and he had no idea what they had lived through. I then learned that the wife also came from a family of refugees fleeing Communism overseas. I actually knew a bit of her family’s history and commented that her grandfather had been a very prominent religious leader who had a profound influence in helping thousands of his people emigrate to Canada and become settled here. It was quite surprising to
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hear that she knew almost nothing of her grandfather’s work and influence. I felt so sad for these two young parents. In their background lay stories of family members who had shown great courage, fortitude, daring, faith, commitment and generosity in some terribly challenging circumstances of life. Their lives could have been greatly inspired, directed and strengthened by the remembering and retelling of these stories, but the stories were not given to them. Stories of faith are likewise important, if not more so. They remind us of what is important in life and faith, and inspire, direct and strengthen our living. Jesus once told the story we call “The Good Samaritan,” about a person beaten halfdead by robbers and left on a
remote roadside. Two different religious leaders passed by without stopping to help. Only a man from a despised ethnic group stopped and saved the life of the victim. This simple story has reminded billions of people of the importance of walking the talk; of our responsibility to help people in need. We are nearing the climax of the Lent and Easter season. During this time we reflect on and tell the story of the One, the Christ whom God sent to earth to accomplish His purpose of salvation. Those of us who are Christians believe this is the most important story of our lives, indeed of all history. Unfortunately, all too often Christians have allowed the story to lose much of its power. Familiarity with the story has hindered recognition of its profound drama and signifi-
reconciled with Him. Paul puts it powerfully bluntly thus: “For if while we were enemies, we were reconciled to God through the death of His Son, much more surely, having been reconciled, will we be saved by His life” (Romans 5:10). “Dying for our sins” is one part of it, but there is so much more. We Christians see that in Jesus, God was present in our midst and we not only rejected Him, we murdered Him. Jesus knew the fate that awaited Him, understood that He walked among “enemies” who wished to eliminate Him. His response was not to use violence to defend Himself or punish the enemy, but to do as He had always done: reach out to one and all with love, grace and forgiveness. The Easter story is not
primarily about a formula for how I can escape hell and go to heaven. It is the expansive account of the climactic encounter between God and human beings, with God determined to reconcile the world to Himself and choosing to accomplish this through selfsacrificing love. This Easter story reminds us of our human frailty, of our potential for evil and sin, of our need, desire and hope to be freed from being enemies of God to being reconciled to Him and living for Him, of our calling to be emissaries of God in inviting all people, even and especially our enemies, to know His love and grace, of God’s intention for us to treat our enemies the way He treats His. Now that’s a life changing story.
Holy land - Renown Christian speaker Ray Vanderlaan led a conference at the Drayton Reformed Church last weekend entitled And He Went Up to Jerusalem. Vanderlaan outlined Jesus’ journey to the cross and gave listeners an Eastern/Jewish interpretation of the “text” (The Bible). Having led many trips to the holy land, Vanderlaan was able to provide a unique insight into the traditional Easter and Palm Sunday story through his grasp of the Hebrew and Greek language and his geographical and historical understanding of the region surrounding and including Jerusalem. Vanderlaan is well known for his video series That the World May Know. submitted photos
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cance: literally a life and death encounter between God in human form (Jesus) and human authority and power (religious and political authorities). Lack of interest in historical context has domesticated a shocking story: most of the victim’s friends deserted him, and religious leaders conspired with brutal political leaders to cruelly torture (bloody whipping of 39 lashes) and viciously execute him (by excruciating crucifixion). Turning the story into a formula for salvation - “Jesus came to die for my sins” - has caused us to ignore the larger picture of the drama and its profound claim on our lives. In Christ, God was coming to humankind to show His love for us, and to remove the barriers that keep us from recognizing His love and being
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Wellington County treasurer resigns by David Meyer GUELPH - They began filing into the council chambers here on March 29 as the meeting was nearly over. There were over 70 staff members who came to salute and say goodbye to treasurer Craig Dyer, who resigned at council earlier that morning. Dyer, who had been with Wellington County for 11 years, was a little taken aback as the gallery became packed. “I thought we had a policy of no surprises,” he said. It took Dyer three tries to offer an emotional farewell speech. “There’s nothing I can say that would adequately describe my time here at Wellington County,” he said. He added the staff and people “are the best I’ve ever worked with. I knew it would be hard to leave; I didn’t know it would be this hard. It’s been 11 fantastic years.” Dyer said, “A lot of that has been due to [chief adminis-
craig dyer trative officer] Scott [Wilson]. The way you pull things together ... It’s been a privilege to work with you and council.” Warden Chris White told Dyer the county will miss him. “On behalf of county council and staff I would like to thank Craig for 11 great years of municipal service.” White added, “From where I sit, staff, at the end of the day,
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make the council. The fundamental thing we do here ... is the budget. In the time I’ve been here, Craig has done a phenomenal job.” White added, “He’s a good man and a good friend ... I know Waterloo is gaining something wonderful.” Wilson summed it up for many in the chamber when he said, “I don’t want Craig to leave. Wellington County is a different and a better place because of Craig Dyer and the time he has spent here.” Wilson said Dyer has always worked with “tremendous professionalism and great decorum. “He’s provided excellent advice to council and to me. He will bring to Waterloo Region great expertise and the same success he has brought here.” Dyer received a standing ovation from council and staff. In an interview after the meeting, he said he will be leaving on April 18 and start his new position on April 23. He said he will continue to live in Fergus “for the moment.” In comparing Wellington and the region, he noted the county has only a 90,000 population, but because of the services it offers, it actually serves over 220,000 people when Guelph is counted. The region has about 550,000 people and he said it will offer “more challenge. I’m looking forward to it.” The region has been looking for a chief financial officer since last fall.
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Mapleton Business Profile Drayton company offers realty, auction services to help clients reach goals One year ago, Peak Premier Realty & Auctions Inc. Brokerage, purchased from Terry Cormack the ongoing business of Peak Results in Palmerston and Drayton. During the past year, company officials have moved the Drayton office across the street to Mary Lou Fletcher’s former law office at 12 Wellington Street North. They believe that in rural areas, local businesses are an important part of the neighbourhood, and essential for the growth and prosperity of the community. The company’s goals include providing customized service in Drayton and adding to the downtown business community by operating a store front location and providing excellent customer service. The company aims to provide residents and businesses in the area with well educated and experienced real estate personnel to assist all buyers and sellers in making one of life’s biggest decisions. Sales representative Ingrid Benning has been serving the area for many years, and is in the Drayton office on Wednesdays from 10am to 3pm. Two long-time realtors from the Listowel office - Doug
Gilmore (broker/auctioneer) and Nelly Hofer (broker) - have joined the Drayton team and are in the office Mondays and Fridays from 10am to 3pm. “We offer traditional brokerage real estate sales and also selling your property by auction,” said Gilmore. “Our company is one of only a few real estate brokerages, registered and licensed to list your home on the MLS system, as well as provide the auction service to sell your farms, homes and commercial properties by auction.” He added business representatives, who are active in the community, pride themselves on being professionals in the industry and helping clients achieve their real estate goals. The Drayton office is open to walk-ins on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 10am to 3pm. Appointments can be scheduled any time by calling 519-638-0033 (the fax number is 519-638-0034). For broker Nelly Hofer, call 519-505-4233 or email nelly. email@example.com. For Benning, call 519-2920935 or email Ingrid.firstname.lastname@example.org. For Gilmore, call 519-292-9270 or email email@example.com.
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