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  • The Wellington Advertiser - Council confirms mail-in voting for 2014 municipal election
    mail ballots Mapleton used mail in ballots in the last municipal election in 2010 It certainly worked well in the last election We had positive feedback on the process in terms of privacy and that sort of thing said CAO Patty Sinnamon She noted there were some voter list problems regarding students who were living away from home last time around and solutions are in the works to deal with that issue Although the mail in option will be in place the bylaw also calls for a ballot return station to be established at the municipal administration centre for electors who prefer to deliver their ballots directly January 24 2014 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 Successful tree establishment takes much advance planning 4 H alive and well in Mapleton 4 H craft club visits Waterloo art studio 4 H Kukoo Crafties meet 4 H members discuss etiquette Children s Farm Safety Day Chinese delegates visit environmental farming operation Chinese food safety delegation visits Mapleton facilities Clovermead Farms recognized with Farm Family Award Council confirms mail in voting for 2014 municipal election Council considers plan for recognition of excellence Council considers water waste water fees in preparation for metered system Council continues to ponder MDS issues in bylaw review Council denies request to lower speed limit on section of Sideroad 15 Crime of the Week Cultural exchange bursary awarded The Wellington Advertiser News Opinion

    Original URL path: http://wellingtonadvertiser.com/comments/index.cfm?articleID=20132 (2016-02-16)
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  • The Wellington Advertiser - Council considers plan for recognition of excellence
    with the hope they will through their experiences enhance expand the local cultural and athletic realm in our township While in favor of the recognition aspect Mayor Bruce Whale suggested financial recognition may not be realistic While I think it s good to recognize these people in our community I do struggle a bit with the bursary element of it in terms of funding by the municipality said Whale The mayor suggested it might be better to set up a fund which others could contribute to to be administered by the municipality I think we can do both commented councillor Mike Downey who suggested council could provide the financial component of the bursary until the donation fund was set up Councillor Neil Driscoll said if it s just giving a pin and a scroll I am in favour of it However he cautioned the expenses could add up quickly at the amounts suggested Downey suggested a limited pool of money could be established and when it s gone it s gone Council agreed to support the concept in principal and directed staff to provide a report providing options and criteria for various forms of recognition May 3 2013 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 Successful tree establishment takes much advance planning 4 H alive and well in Mapleton 4 H craft club visits Waterloo art studio 4 H Kukoo Crafties meet 4 H members

    Original URL path: http://wellingtonadvertiser.com/comments/index.cfm?articleID=16672 (2016-02-16)
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  • The Wellington Advertiser - Council considers water/waste water fees in preparation for metered system
    Because of economies of scale you can have a lower rate in Drayton but it results in a higher rate in Moorefield he noted However the consultants are recommending combining the usage rates and charging system users in both communities 1 73 per cubic metre while charging Moorefield residents a slightly higher monthly base rate 15 as opposed to 13 for Drayton residents Piggybacking encouraged You re still recognizing there is a difference between the two systems and we kept the base charge different to address it said Watson adding other areas municipalities including Centre Wellington Minto and Woolwich follow a similar practice When you have a financially unfeasible system piggybacking is something the province actually encourages Watson pointed out Yes Drayton would be subsidizing Moorefield customers but it s a best practice to make the Moorefield system more financially feasible Councillor Dennis Craven asked if Watson could foresee a day the Moorefield system wouldn t require subsidization You would really have to reach the point where you had the same number of users Watson replied Projected water rates include 10 year capital spending forecasts of 3 71 million in Drayton and 365 000 in Moorefield for water For wastewater services the capital plan totals 5 51 million in Drayton and 1 03 million in Moorefield The forecast includes some major projects such as a new standpipe water tower in Drayton and wastewater capacity increases in both communities You ve had rates stay the same over many many years that s part of the reason rates are going up now said Watson Compared to running your own system it can be pretty cheap stated Mayor Neil Driscoll June 19 2015 Tweet Tell Us What You Think Login to submit a comment Comments appearing on this website are the opinion of

    Original URL path: http://wellingtonadvertiser.com/comments/index.cfm?articleID=26762 (2016-02-16)
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  • The Wellington Advertiser - Council continues to ponder MDS issues in bylaw review
    restrictions shall not apply to lots existing as of the date of this bylaw which are less than 4 hectares 9 9 acres in area He stated the section has had a direct negative impact on investments by the Township of Mapleton agricultural farming community to which lots may be located within the specified proximity He also said the section contradicts existing provincial policy statements regarding MDS requirements and has significant financial implications for all residents within the tax base of Mapleton Township The exemption has been the subject of considerable controversy over the past 18 months as it allowed for residential construction on several previously dormant lots near Moorefield within the MDS radius of an existing but unoccupied hog barn Last April the owners of the barn Alywn and Lori Woodman filed two appeals with the Ontario Municipal Board one dealing with the comprehensive zoning bylaw and the second with a related committee of adjustment minor variance decision The OMB dismissed both appeals in July due to time limits on appeal filing In correspondence with the municipality and the Woodhams the OMB stated After reviewing the above appeal submissions the Ontario Municipal Board has determined that it does not have the statutory authority to consider these two appeals The comprehensive zoning bylaw was passed in 2010 and deemed to come into force on the passing in 2010 Therefore the appeal of the bylaw was received by the municipality on May 31 2013 after the appeal period had expired With respect to the minor variance appeal the board stated The committee of adjustment made its decision on Jan 9 and your appeal was not received until April 29 2013 As such the board does not have the jurisdiction to give consideration to your appeal Campbell said he understood that of the matters that led to the proposed zoning bylaw changes the most pivotal issue was the lots outside of Moorefield and he asked why the proposed changes did not deal with the situation Mayor Bruce Whale said We decided we re going to deal with it separately we want to look at the implications on all the existing lots in the township Whale said council wanted to have a better understanding of where MDS is going to be an issue It s in the works It wasn t ready to be part of this amending bylaw Whale said Could we have a schedule on that asked Campbell Redmond replied the planning department is hoping to have a proposal ready for review at either the Nov 26 or Dec 10 council meeting She added staff members were eager to get started on implementation of the housekeeping amendments Staff really wanted to get this implemented and get going on them There was concern the MDS was going to hold that up she noted As the result of council discussion the planner was directed to make a number of minor revisions to the proposed amending bylaw Reading of the bylaw confirming the changes

    Original URL path: http://wellingtonadvertiser.com/comments/index.cfm?articleID=19367 (2016-02-16)
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  • The Wellington Advertiser - Council denies request to lower speed limit on section of Sideroad 15
    support reducing the speed limit I would have trouble living with myself if someone was driving through there at excessive speed and some children were hit Craven stated McRoberts said One of risks we have this is a chronic issue for municipalities posting speed reduction signs become political decisions But by using Canadian Guidelines for Setting Speed Limits it makes it consistent McRoberts added it might be different if there were circumstances that were creating the concerns in terms of configuration of the road or the number of pedestrians that might be there McRoberts offered to create a draft policy for council to consider when evaluating such requests in the future Councillor Lori Woodham favoured establishing a policy I would like to see this become policy being able to have traffic count data she stated I don t want to have that political pull This report is well written and it s factual and I support it Councillor Michael Martin also favoured creating a policy Craven urged council to take a cautious approach noting motorists commonly drive at speeds above posted limits We know that if we put a 40 kilometre speed limit instead of 60 that doesn t mean everybody s going to drive 40 A resolution to accept McRoberts report and leave the speed limit unchanged passed with only Craven opposed December 25 2015 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 Successful tree

    Original URL path: http://wellingtonadvertiser.com/comments/index.cfm?articleID=29217 (2016-02-16)
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  • The Wellington Advertiser - Crime of the Week
    of stolen property is approximately 171 000 Anyone with information is encouraged to call Crime Stoppers Callers never have to give their names or testify in court Crime Stoppers does not subscribe to call display or 69 Call Crime Stoppers at 1 800 222 8477 1 800 222 TIPS or submit a tip on line at www crimestoppersguelphwelling ton com If the information is used in an arrest the caller may be eligible for a cash reward of up to 2 000 August 2 2013 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 Successful tree establishment takes much advance planning 4 H alive and well in Mapleton 4 H craft club visits Waterloo art studio 4 H Kukoo Crafties meet 4 H members discuss etiquette Children s Farm Safety Day Chinese delegates visit environmental farming operation Chinese food safety delegation visits Mapleton facilities Clovermead Farms recognized with Farm Family Award Council confirms mail in voting for 2014 municipal election Council considers plan for recognition of excellence Council considers water waste water fees in preparation for metered system Council continues to ponder MDS issues in bylaw review Council denies request to lower speed limit on section of Sideroad 15 Crime of the Week Cultural exchange bursary awarded The Wellington Advertiser News Opinion Community Deaths Digital Publications Classifieds Centre Wellington Wellington North Mapleton Minto Guelph Eramosa Erin Puslinch Police Report Editorial Letters to the Editor Columns Cartoon Editorial

    Original URL path: http://wellingtonadvertiser.com/comments/index.cfm?articleID=17858 (2016-02-16)
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  • The Wellington Advertiser - Cultural exchange bursary awarded
    in studies of Health Law at Dalhousie University or The University of Alberta December 13 2013 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 Successful tree establishment takes much advance planning 4 H alive and well in Mapleton 4 H craft club visits Waterloo art studio 4 H Kukoo Crafties meet 4 H members discuss etiquette Children s Farm Safety Day Chinese delegates visit environmental farming operation Chinese food safety delegation visits Mapleton facilities Clovermead Farms recognized with Farm Family Award Council confirms mail in voting for 2014 municipal election Council considers plan for recognition of excellence Council considers water waste water fees in preparation for metered system Council continues to ponder MDS issues in bylaw review Council denies request to lower speed limit on section of Sideroad 15 Crime of the Week Cultural exchange bursary

    Original URL path: http://wellingtonadvertiser.com/comments/index.cfm?articleID=19666 (2016-02-16)
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  • The Wellington Advertiser - Township uses new technology to build Eloras $16.5-million sewage plant
    That window is set by the province But the process would allow the township to store more biosolids Currently it is paying 5 000 a month to truck them to a lagoon near Creemore Mayor Joanne Ross Zuj noted that with more storage capacity the township might be able to rent some space for biosolids to other municipalities Furlong said one advantage of the Lystek process is farmers will be able to spread in themselves The process turns biosolids into a cake like form and then it is mixed in a tank Using chemicals and high speeds the tank turns the cake into a liquid that can be pumped Steam and more chemicals turn the waste into a Class A biosolid with no detectable pathogens They are then placed in tanks awaiting disposal The process is patented so the agreements with Lystek are required Because the process creates a Class A biosolid it can be registered as a fertilizer with the federal government That removes restrictions for land applications that are associated with Class B biosolids and there are no longer such things as setback requirements for wells water courses and property lines Furlong said the sewage system is now over designed by 1 000 cubic metres giving the township some extra storage space if other municipalities need to rent it Councillor Walt Visser asked if it would be able to handle septage waste brought it from septic tanks Furlong said it is not and that is tough to handle because of odour problems and complaints She said that is best to happen in Fergus because that area has a better flow into the river In answer to a number of questions about financing Furlong said the annual operating costs paid to Lystek would be 17 500 per year but the savings to the township would be 53 000 a year compared to current costs Elder told council Centre Wellington has been sending waste to the storage lagoon since 2004 when the province set tough limits on the application of biosolids on land at four months per year when it cannot run off into rivers Furlong said the proposal is to pre qualify construction companies to do the work so You ll get a good contractor She said any major delay would likely come if the MOE is slow in giving the project approval as well as meeting Grand River Conservation Authority approvals We re hoping to put a shovel in the ground in April or May she said She said the township is protected by a Lystek bond if the process doesn t work Councillor Steve Van Leeuween asked how many different sewage treatment process were considered Furlong said Triton and township staff considered a large number of them but were limited because they had to meet the standards and processes used in the Elora plant The Fergus plant operates on a different process She said they also looked at biosolids that was marketable and was also safe and

    Original URL path: http://wellingtonadvertiser.com/comments/index.cfm?articleID=10839 (2016-02-16)
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