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  • The Wellington Advertiser - Wellington North switches insurers
    said in discussions he had with the broker They didn t feel it would have a significant impact on the premium after a further assessment of township property and equipment Yake said he could support the savings provided to taxpayers by the lower premium however he is concerned both quotes provided similar protection If we re comparing apples to apples I m in favor of Jardine he said It s a good thing we re reviewing it but I m quite concerned about it He suggested a further review to ensure the companies bids provided the same service I think we should have learned a lesson in making sure all our ducks are in a row before we make a decision he said referring to council s recent decision to rescind a lower development charges bylaw when it was ruled council had brought in the bylaw without doing a proper study Jeffery said he checked with two municipalities who switched to Jardine and they were satisfied with the service provided Broker Bill Nelson of Padfield Nelson was the only insurer to make a presentation to council He was critical of the way the bidding proposal was handled Nelson said his company was informed by the treasurer about competitive bids on Oct 28 with a deadline of Nov 21 This only provided a couple of weeks to accommodate this request Nelson told council I ve been actively engaged in the insurance brokerage business for almost 33 years During that time I ve learned that municipal and some commercial insurance can be extremely complicated To prepare an accurate assessment of risk the process can take anywhere from two to four months I certainly acknowledge that it s a good business practice to periodically conduct a review of services purchased Nelson said In all fairness to the competition with the township asking anyone to prepare a comprehensive proposal of this nature within a period of only two three weeks would seem a little unrealistic The township has 91 different structures that would require inspection and assessment He concluded I would suggest to council that obtaining a premium based on a written submission without on site inspections and assessment would be like sending a note to a doctor asking for a diagnosis and treatment plan without ever having given him or her the opportunity to conduct a physical examination or other exploratory tests In a recorded vote councillors Sherry Burke Andy Lennox and Mayor Ray Tout voted for the Jardine proposal while councillors Yake and Mark Goetz voted against it Coverage starts in 2012 December 16 2011 Tweet Tell Us What You Think Login to submit a comment Comments appearing on this website are the opinion of the comment writer and do not represent the opinion of the Wellington Advertiser Comments that attack other individuals or are offensive unsubstantiated or otherwise inappropriate will be removed You must register or log in in order to post a comment For more information read our detailed Comment

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  • The Wellington Advertiser - Council moves towards regular performance appraisals
    to reviews of senior staff The process should be once annually or more frequently when required said Lennox He has had discussions with potential outside sources that could assist in the process One outside source could eventually be chosen In order to do this we d need to appoint someone outside of council he said referring to the possible appointment of a lawyer or human resources expert The current process involves council reviewing the CAO and the CAO in turn reviewing the work of department heads The reason I ve included this new procedure before council is we ve been on this council for a year and we ve done nothing with performance appraisals Lennox added The councillor did not comment on any specific situation leading to his request to update the performance appraisal procedure Council approved moving ahead with the new procedures December 9 2011 Tweet Tell Us What You Think Login to submit a comment Comments appearing on this website are the opinion of the comment writer and do not represent the opinion of the Wellington Advertiser Comments that attack other individuals or are offensive unsubstantiated or otherwise inappropriate will be removed You must register or log in in order to post a comment For more information read our detailed Comment Policy and Guidelines Related Stories Wellington North Health Care 66 000 surplus Council to consider firm for reviews Council disbands fundraising committee Wellington North switches insurers Council moves towards regular performance appraisals Arthur residents express concerns about development of former school Dickson Lessons learned from Sandy Lake evacuation Wellington North council forced to withdraw development charges bylaw Resident challenges new development cost Proposed accessible transit system is sidelined in Wellington North Wellington North councillors want answers from engineering firm Township faces tough financial decisions Wellington North community

    Original URL path: http://wellingtonadvertiser.com/comments/index.cfm?articleID=10542 (2016-02-16)
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  • The Wellington Advertiser - Arthur residents express concerns about development of former school
    the Arthur core I don t see how the commercial aspect won t affect downtown he said Planner Scott May who represents the developer said the plan is to build some of the townhouses along Eliza and Isabella streets and renovate the first floor of the former school as phase one of the overall development A plan to have a restaurant as part of the commercial space has been dropped due to concerns raised at a public meeting However May said the commercial space could include a chiropractic office and hair salon which could serve the needs of senior residents expected to move in to the development May said the density of the project already meets township regulations However township planner Linda Redman said lot size and townhouse and apartment square footage would determine whether density regulations are met The townhouse units also meet minimum parking requirements she added Cotton and neighbor Judy Bannister also raised concern about on road parking from the townhouses May said the development met township requirements on minimum apartment square footage and also included an additional 10 parking spaces on the school property I d like to see this property redeveloped as much as anybody councillor Andy Lennox said The property should be developed more like the surrounding area The density is going to be a stumbling block Lennox suggested the developer come back to council with more detail about the project November 25 2011 Tweet Tell Us What You Think Login to submit a comment Comments appearing on this website are the opinion of the comment writer and do not represent the opinion of the Wellington Advertiser Comments that attack other individuals or are offensive unsubstantiated or otherwise inappropriate will be removed You must register or log in in order to post a comment

    Original URL path: http://wellingtonadvertiser.com/comments/index.cfm?articleID=10475 (2016-02-16)
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  • The Wellington Advertiser - Dickson: Lessons learned from Sandy Lake evacuation
    Dickson explained funded all aspects of the evacuation She said the exercise revealed some shortfalls such as a lack of information on the medical needs of evacuees coming to Arthur and a failure to keep family members together She said county and township emergency responses were effective and well coordinated According to Mayor Ray Tout the evacuation taught emergency personnel at lot of quick lessons It certainly showed people who we are Tout said County review Wellington North county councillor Gary Williamson gave council a brief report on county activities Williamson said the county retains its strong AA credit rating despite some tough economic times It s the highest rating a county can obtain Williamson said He told councillors visits to the county museum remain strong with regular events held I was surprised it the museum has 2 400 visitors monthly Williamson added Development of a high speed internet service is continuing across the county Williamson reported The county is also in the process of developing a strategic plan for services and work that will need to be done in the future According to Williamson work is also underway to put together the 2012 county budget which is expected to be passed in late January Notice given Wellington North councillor Andy Lennox put forward a notice of motion for council to consider a performance review of senior staff Lennox said the new council which has served its first year should undertake a review of senior staff before doing other staff reviews November 25 2011 Tweet Tell Us What You Think Login to submit a comment Comments appearing on this website are the opinion of the comment writer and do not represent the opinion of the Wellington Advertiser Comments that attack other individuals or are offensive unsubstantiated or otherwise inappropriate will

    Original URL path: http://wellingtonadvertiser.com/comments/index.cfm?articleID=10467 (2016-02-16)
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  • The Wellington Advertiser - Wellington North council forced to withdraw development charges bylaw
    oversight That act regulates procedures councils must follow to bring in development charge bylaws Tout declined to comment if developers who have taken out building permits at the reduced rate would be required to pay the full 17 000 I can t say too much because it s out of our hands he said Heinbuch did not respond to an email and telephone call from the Advertiser Dam said he does not see the repeal as a victory but questions why council did not get advice on proper procedures needed to pass the June bylaw He pointed out council is required to undertake a study before passing any new development charge bylaw Dam said council should have been made aware of the proper procedure by staff The bylaw was totally flawed because they had to have a study which they didn t he said Tout said council is committed to putting together a new bylaw with the reduced charges and he hopes it will be in place early next year We are as committed today as we were in June to stimulating economic growth and vibrancy in our community he said in the press release That said both myself and council recognize that procedural steps are required before a development charges bylaw can be amended Starting today we are going refocus our efforts to reducing development charges while dotting every I and crossing every T This matter is far from over and I look forward to in the near future announcing further steps the township will take to ensure development charges remain competitive Dam said This is going to be quite interesting referring to any fallout from the repeal November 18 2011 Tweet Tell Us What You Think Login to submit a comment Comments appearing on this website are the

    Original URL path: http://wellingtonadvertiser.com/comments/index.cfm?articleID=10392 (2016-02-16)
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  • The Wellington Advertiser - Resident challenges new development cost
    the charge on a single family home down from 17 429 to 10 000 It s hoped the new charge will add more development activity in the municipality When it was passed council made it clear it would be a one year trial to see whether development would increase The reduction came after considerable lobbying by developers and a promise during the election by Mayor Ray Tout to reconsider the size of the charges The new charge is retroactive from Jan 1 2011 to March 31 2012 Dam doesn t dispute the new charge but doesn t think council can make it retroactive This has nothing to do with the development charges it s the procedure Dam said Township chief administrative officer Lori Heinbuch said council is within its right to make bylaws retroactive from the time they are passed The issue will go before an OMB hearing scheduled at the municipal office on Nov 10 starting at 10 30am October 28 2011 Tweet Tell Us What You Think Login to submit a comment Comments appearing on this website are the opinion of the comment writer and do not represent the opinion of the Wellington Advertiser Comments that attack other individuals or are offensive unsubstantiated or otherwise inappropriate will be removed You must register or log in in order to post a comment For more information read our detailed Comment Policy and Guidelines Related Stories Wellington North Health Care 66 000 surplus Council to consider firm for reviews Council disbands fundraising committee Wellington North switches insurers Council moves towards regular performance appraisals Arthur residents express concerns about development of former school Dickson Lessons learned from Sandy Lake evacuation Wellington North council forced to withdraw development charges bylaw Resident challenges new development cost Proposed accessible transit system is sidelined in Wellington

    Original URL path: http://wellingtonadvertiser.com/comments/index.cfm?articleID=10205 (2016-02-16)
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  • The Wellington Advertiser - Proposed accessible transit system is sidelined in Wellington North
    possible so adding a new service would be too much of a burden financially It was an argument he reiterated prior to Monday s vote We need to focus our efforts on keeping our core services Lennox said referring to the cost of maintaining recreational services such as arenas and swimming pools My concern is financial and I believe we need to change the pattern our township has been on for 10 years We are paying so much on debt repayment I don t see how we can commit to new services Yake countered since the transit issue was first brought to council in the summer he has heard a lot of support for it from local nursing homes health care officials and other individuals There is support for this issue Yake said I was shocked at the number of calls I received and the letters of support to the newspapers I m not going to beg council to do the right thing I think we have a good opportunity to provide a service in Wellington North He added I support the service I hope it s given the chance to succeed Williamson said he has also heard community support for the service I think we need to keep in mind the people who need this service have paid taxes in this community all their lives Williamson said Maybe it s time they received something back Councillor Sherri Burke opposed the plan saying similar services are already in place in Wellington North including VON transportation services Wellington North transportation services and cancer patient services which provide transportation on a volunteer basis I believe the municipality can t afford it Burke said Councillor Mark Goetz agreed saying council can t take on costs associated with a new service when its committees are being asked to trim their own budgets If we keep adding stuff costs it s going to be tougher and tougher to move forward Goetz said Mayor Ray Tout offered a compromise where he suggested the township would put up 40 000 for two years if other community groups came on as partners to raise the remaining 35 000 I m willing to jump in and support 15 000 in the first year and 15 000 in our second year budget so somebody is going to have to come in with 35 000 the mayor said What we need to do is find someone who is willing to partner with us The mayor s compromise failed to come to council as a motion when it was proposed by Goetz but died for lack of a seconder That left council with the original motion from the August meeting which called for a full endorsement and council funding That motion was defeated 4 1 Tout who supported the plan said council could reconsider it next year if other community groups are interested in assisting with funding October 21 2011 Tweet Tell Us What You Think Login to submit a comment Comments

    Original URL path: http://wellingtonadvertiser.com/comments/index.cfm?articleID=10149 (2016-02-16)
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  • The Wellington Advertiser - Wellington North councillors want answers from engineering firm
    submission to MOE on the township s behalf Lennox said the committee was looking for a second opinion on the waste water management issue According to him the process has been underway since 2008 with little progress on the re rating Councillor Dan Yake rejected sending out proposals without first meeting with Triton which has been the township s engineering firm for many years The company according to Yake is currently doing other unrelated work in Mount Forest and Arthur I m afraid if we send out RFPs it s telling Triton we don t agree with what they ve done Yake said Triton has put a lot of work into this and I think we need to give Triton an opportunity to at least defend themselves Mayor Ray Tout said This process has been ongoing since 2008 with little progress I m concerned about that Yake was also critical of the mayor for not being more involved when the issue was originally raised at the meeting with MOE officials You as mayor should have been involved in these conversations Yake said referring to the report released by Lennox Councillor Sherri Burke said she could support deferring the matter of sending out proposals as suggested by Yake as long as the issue with Triton was dealt with quickly When reached for comment Triton engineer Christine Furlong said We are in receipt of a copy of the letter from the MOE and plan to work with the township and the MOE to resolve the issues raised in the letter Council will meet with Triton officials at a water sewer meeting on Nov 2 October 14 2011 Tweet Tell Us What You Think Login to submit a comment Comments appearing on this website are the opinion of the comment writer and do

    Original URL path: http://wellingtonadvertiser.com/comments/index.cfm?articleID=10108 (2016-02-16)
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