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  • The Wellington Advertiser - Council accepts recommendation of $2.1 million county debenture for Fire Hall
    County is preparing a debenture issue March 1 As we have done twice in the past the town can piggyback our new Hillsburgh Fire Hall construction debt of 2 1 million onto the county issue Marshall added she and the town s financial analyst have considered other options She had not expected the county to offer debentures early and hoped it would happen a little later in the spring when there would be a clearer picture of the costs But it is being offered now and the rate is good we have historically low interest rates She said a loan term of 20 years is justifiable considering the expected useful life of the new fire hall is 40 years I think to wait to secure a long term loan you are taking a bit of a risk I m not sure the risk is great but the longer you wait to lock in a rate the more the chance the rates will creep up She said 2 1 million would cover construction expenses not office equipment and furnishings Marshall estimated annual debt repayments at 3 6 over the 20 year period would be 148 200 She said the town will see its annual debt servicing costs reduced in the coming years with the maturity of two of its main loans this May s final payment for the tennis court 17 952 annually and the 2015 final payment for the Centre 2000 loan 134 904 annually She said one way to justify a 20 year period is knowing by 2016 the town s debt charges will be reduced by roughly 152 000 Council approved the recommendations and planned to proceed with a bylaw at council on Jan 24 January 20 2012 Tweet Tell Us What You Think Login to submit a

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  • The Wellington Advertiser - Town grants not-for-profit radio group another loan deadline extension
    due to higher than anticipated antenna and installation costs the power increase project cost the station about 10 000 more than expected Mowat said There has been serious fundraising in the last year but we are still falling short of our goal The station provided a 3 000 payment towards its loan to the town and asked for another extension to Dec 31 to pay the remaining 7 000 If we can we will pay the remaining amount sooner Councillor Barb Tocher noted this is the second extension the not for profit station has requested on the same loan Mayor Lou Maieron added They ve shown goodwill if they had not I would have more concern Council approved the deadline extension to Dec 31 January 20 2012 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 Rosalinde Baumgartner Unique art Council accepts recommendation of 2 1 million county debenture for Fire Hall Town grants not for profit radio group another loan deadline extension Councillors agree to consider pay equity report in open session Station Street bridge report includes potential of repair Fraud seminar in Erin council chamber Feb 2 Erin wages hiked 3 Chapman concerned current water users will pay cost of proposed free installation Erin yet to pass fortification bylaw OPP Inspector Scott Smith reviews the issue BUSINESS SPOTLIGHT Brighten up your mind Board of healths elected officers Carbon Nation kicks off enviro film fest Jan

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  • The Wellington Advertiser - Councillors agree to consider pay equity report in open session
    all costs including legal consultant and staff time required to address the pay equity matter The motion also stated an open session resolution will be prepared for the Feb 7 council meeting to accept the pay equity decision and its corresponding financial impact on Erin from the pay equity decision and related costs and financial impacts to bring the matter to a final conclusion Mayor Lou Maieron said Finally a report describing in detail how the incident began the recommendations made by consultants staff to advise council of the day to increase wages and benefits of the position that became part of the pay equity case dispute be presented The motion also called for an explanation regarding the pay equity decision with respect to its factors and five year time span that resulted in additional taxpayer expense Without further discussion the motion carried January 20 2012 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 Rosalinde Baumgartner Unique art Council accepts recommendation of 2 1 million county debenture for Fire Hall Town grants not for profit radio group another loan deadline extension Councillors agree to consider pay equity report in open session Station Street bridge report includes potential of repair Fraud seminar in Erin council chamber Feb 2 Erin wages hiked 3 Chapman concerned current water users will pay cost of proposed free installation Erin yet to pass fortification bylaw OPP Inspector Scott Smith reviews the issue

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  • The Wellington Advertiser - Station Street bridge report includes potential of repair
    decided that is really a separate issue Triton Engineering and Van Wyck will work on a plan to address the situation Van Wyck s report added MNR and CVC officials mentioned that environmentally they would prefer to see the dam removed but they do not have the authority to order the removal of a dam on private property The MNR requires that after the culvert is lined and the grout work is completed the subsurface soil conditions can be confirmed as adequate to function as a road and as a dam Before the meeting Van Wyck met with a contractor who reviewed the site and existing conditions Van Wyck said that contractor thinks he can complete the work and is in the process of preparing a proposal on how it would be undertaken and the costs The method of repair was pursued to avoid some of the implications involved with undertaking construction work on the dam and the approvals process and imposed standards that would apply Triton Engineering is currently working on a proposal on behalf of Erin Upon completion applications will be made simultaneously to the CVC and the MNR for approval Councillor Barb Tocher said it seems the road structure is a dam yet officials might also want to see the dam removed She wondered if that meant the dam or the entire road Brennan said he understood the agencies were concerned only with the portion of the dam impeding the water Mayor Lou Maieron noted his concern is the control structure of the dam does not traverse the road While council would like to reopen road to traffic Maieron believes council needs more information and learn who would be paying Is it the taxpayer or the private property owner he asked He thinks council needs to know estimated costs He also wants to know if the private landowner has contributed to any of the costs thus far Brennan said I can shed some dark on that He said One of the problems is that nobody is entirely sure why the structure is there is the first place the one that feeds the culvert One thought is that it is an overflow so the water does not get too high which means the culvert should be dry most of the time The other idea is because the water is entering the structure from the bottom it is taking cold water and passing it down to the next pond which is conducive to fishery protection Maieron said This is happening because the boards are broken not by design Tocher said at one point the municipality had considered purchasing the property But the thought of that day back then was to remove the control structure to allow the pond to go back to the river as it was to be a better cold water fishery habitat There is too much surface heating on the pond Brennan pointed out removal of the dam would require an environmental assessment and a lot

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  • The Wellington Advertiser - Fraud seminar in Erin council chamber Feb. 2
    workshop is prevention awareness and protection and the workshop offers an opportunity to learn about today s top scams and more importantly how to avoid becoming a victim The most frequent scams targeting home owners and seniors will be detailed to help people identify and avoid them Fraud reaches individuals in many ways over the mail the phone and the computer The workshop will be presented by OPP Constable Mark Cloes It is being offered through the Erin committee and the Wellington OPP January 20 2012 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 Rosalinde Baumgartner Unique art Council accepts recommendation of 2 1 million county debenture for Fire Hall Town grants not for profit radio group another loan deadline extension Councillors agree to consider pay equity report in open session Station Street bridge report includes potential of repair Fraud seminar in Erin council chamber Feb 2 Erin wages hiked 3 Chapman concerned current water users will pay cost of proposed free installation Erin yet to pass fortification bylaw OPP Inspector Scott Smith reviews the issue BUSINESS SPOTLIGHT Brighten up your mind Board of healths elected officers Carbon Nation kicks off enviro film fest Jan 18 Erin postmaster retiring Animal tracking workshop to be held at Guelph Arboretum Divisions remain council balks at mayors initial request to amend agenda Council approves creating a special policy area for waterworks extension The Wellington Advertiser News Opinion Community Deaths

    Original URL path: http://wellingtonadvertiser.com/comments/index.cfm?articleID=10844 (2016-02-16)
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  • The Wellington Advertiser - Erin wages hiked 3%
    January 20 2012 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 Rosalinde Baumgartner Unique art Council accepts recommendation of 2 1 million county debenture for Fire Hall Town grants not for profit radio group another loan deadline extension Councillors agree to consider pay equity report in open session Station Street bridge report includes potential of repair Fraud seminar in Erin council chamber Feb 2 Erin wages hiked 3 Chapman concerned current water users will pay cost of proposed free installation Erin yet to pass fortification bylaw OPP Inspector Scott Smith reviews the issue BUSINESS SPOTLIGHT Brighten up your mind Board of healths elected officers Carbon Nation kicks off enviro film fest Jan 18 Erin postmaster retiring Divisions remain council balks at mayors initial request to amend agenda Council approves creating a special policy area for waterworks

    Original URL path: http://wellingtonadvertiser.com/comments/index.cfm?articleID=10843 (2016-02-16)
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  • The Wellington Advertiser - Chapman concerned current water users will pay cost of proposed free installation
    said the reports also state a service fee of 2 750 plus a connection fee of 4 981 should be applied to each new user to keep the system viable He said those recommendations were passed by council If council decides to allow these 14 units to connect to the water system free of charge a shortfall of 108 234 in revenue will be created he said This and any other discount given to new hook ups in the system will have to be absorbed by the present users The water department has been struggling to keep up with the demands of the ministry regarding water safety and the work involved He said now is the time to begin a program of pipe replacement because of leaks in certain areas To illustrate shortfalls in water department finances Chapman cited the Mountainview subdivision which he said has waited since 1996 for fire hydrants He said when new pipes were installed in the subdivision residents were told the pipes had to be six inches in diameter main to accommodate fire hydrants At that time the budget for the hydrants was 11 073 today the projected cost for the same hydrants is 40 000 plus But we are still awaiting installation he said Chapman added while the hydrants were included in the 2010 and 2011 budgets no funds were available Chapman added substantial costs are forecast for water pipe replacement I believe that if council goes ahead with allowing free hook ups to the system for these 14 new users it will set a very dangerous precedent one which could financially ruin Erin s water system He asked if in the future council would also consider free hookups to the 109 homes currently without water service Would the present users be expected to absorb these fees as well He wondered who would end up paying for the decommissioning of any wells We all know that costs are continually increasing and to keep up revenues must continue to increase Chapman said to allow the hook ups without connections or service charges council is literally giving away 7 597 or approximately 10 years worth of water for nothing This is not fair to the present users and I hope that you will take this into consideration with regard to the current situation and all future situations Councillor Barb Tocher agreed existing water users should not have to pay those costs for new water users However in this particular case Tocher contended the connection charges are for existing infrastructure In those cases the pipe already exists in front of the home and the infrastructure is already paid Tocher said what was suggested in regard to the Hillsburgh situation is the area charge would pay for the new infrastructure Chapman said The fee was not there to pay for the infrastructure tomorrow but to pay for the infrastructure that is here now the pumps the tower the reservoir It s not just about the pipes under the

    Original URL path: http://wellingtonadvertiser.com/comments/index.cfm?articleID=10842 (2016-02-16)
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  • The Wellington Advertiser - Erin yet to pass fortification bylaw; OPP Inspector Scott Smith reviews the issue
    make them shatterproof The bylaw does not prohibit that it is not excessive He said the excessive reference in the bylaw refers to a multitude of cameras being installed or door frames with 12 inch deadbolts or steel frames bolted into steel posts so that short of three sticks of dynamite we re not going to get the door off its hinges Smith said there are organizations whose members build entrances so that it is impossible to gain entrance except for going in one person at a time in single file He said the bylaw refers to security features over and above what a person or business would normally have This bylaw is one police enforce He added it is something where local chief building officials have a role but to be honest five of Wellington s municipalities passed this fast and we had not received a call from any of those CBOs Smith added the only real involvement of building officials would be if they happened to see something they thought was excessive They d let us know about it We d write a warrant execute that warrant and charge the person The chief building official would issue a stop work order with instructions to return the building to its previous condition removing the excessive fortifications We have not had any issues with the municipalities where the bylaw has passed Smith said similar bylaws are in place in many communities across Ontario They ve all utilized the bylaw without any significant issues Councillor Barb Tocher said for the sake of argument under the definition of excessive fortification a number of items were listed She cited the application of laminated glass or break resistant or bullet proof materials to windows or doors To me that does not spell out excessive She said businesses put bars on their properties to keep the criminals out We re supposed to keep the bad guys out but not keep the good guys out She said she has experienced having a bullet go through a front pane of glass from a citizen So if I want to put a pane of bulletproof glass in the front of my store I still see it as being considered excessive under the bylaw Smith said the fortification bylaw addresses the use of commonly available marketed security devices which provide reasonable security and protection from criminal activity Councillor John Brennan said when the issue first arose it was his understanding it was chief building officials in the county who had taken issue with it He said the concern then was the CBOs would be called to undertake duties they might not feel safe doing That was where the crux has been Brennan did not have a comparison of the current bylaw and the original proposal Smith said changes were very minor He agreed some CBOs had some concern One in particular did not believe Smith s assurance enforcement was to be done by the OPP I am not prepared

    Original URL path: http://wellingtonadvertiser.com/comments/index.cfm?articleID=10840 (2016-02-16)
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