*Sept. 10 – Take the Downtown Revitalization Survey

September 10, 2015

County Launches Customer Origin and Resident Surveys as Next Step in Downtown Revitalization Project

The County is moving forward with the next phase of the Downtown Revitalization Project by launching two surveys which will be conducted this fall.
A Customer Origin Survey will be offered to downtown customers, with a goal of identifying a trade area for each community – an area near each community from which most of the business is drawn. This survey will be conducted by project volunteers at different locations within the defined downtown centres of Picton, Bloomfield, Wellington, Consecon and Rossmore, and will take place over an eight day period starting on Monday September 26.
A Resident Survey will be available to County residents from September 8 through to October 8.  This survey aims to gather feedback regarding the shopping and services available within the defined downtown areas listed above.  The resident survey can be accessed online (click here) , or by contacting Tom Coke, Downtown Revitalization Coordinator, or in hard copy at the following locations throughout the County:

  • Picton:   Shire Hall, C/O Tom Coke, 332 Picton Main Street Picton    Picton DBIA C/O Lyndsay Richmond, 280 Picton Main Street Picton
  • Wellington:   Home Hardware, C/O Evan Nash, 289 Wellington Main Street, Wellington           Wellington Library, 261 Wellington Main Street, Wellington
  • Rossmore:   County Camo, C/O Teal Baverstock, 71 County Road 3, Rossmore
  • Consecon:   Consecon Library, 211 County Road 29, Consecon
  • Bloomfield:   Bloomfield Library, 300 Bloomfield Main Street, Bloomfield

Please note that all hard copy resident surveys must be returned to either Shire Hall in Picton or at the point of pickup in each of the above communities by October 8, 2015.  The survey data collected will be incorporated into each community’s Downtown Revitalization Strategic Plan which will be completed by December 31, 2016.
For further information, please contact:   Tom Coke, Downtown Revitalization Coordinator, County of Prince Edward, 613.476.2148 x 259, or


*Sept. 10 – Public Meeting on Size of Council

September 10, 2015

Survey and Public Consultation Sessions to Inform Size of Council Review

 Take our survey

Council Extends Deadline for Feedback Regarding Size of Council Review

Originally offered until September 30, the survey deadline has been extended until October 5, to provide participants at public meetings held later in the month adequate time to review proposed options prior to completing and submitting the survey. To participate in the survey, you must rank the 4 proposals in the order of your preference.


*Sept. 09 – CORRECTION – Consecon Community Day kick off Pancake Breakfast sponsored by Bill and Laura Kemp of Emm”s Restaurant.

Sept. 09, 2015


It was reported that Consecon Community Day was kicked off with a Pancake Breakfast sponsored by Consecon Masonic Lodge.
That was not the case. It was sponsored by Bill and Laura Kemp of Emm”s Restaurant and it is through their generosity that they donated half of the proceeds to Consecon Masonic Lodge.

CARA Inc. appoligizes for the mix-up.


*Aug. 25 – The PE County Fire Department accepting applications for volunteer firefighters.

August 25, 2015

The Prince Edward County Fire Department is currently accepting applications for volunteer firefighters. Application forms are available online or print copies can be picked up at the fire station at 2 Ross Street in Picton. Applications will be accepted until January 31, 2014.

For more information on becoming a volunteer firefighter in The County, contact Fire Chief, Scott Manlow – 2 Ross Street, Picton ON / 613.476.2602.

The Prince Edward County Fire Department accepts applications for the positions of Volunteer Firefighters year-round to establish a pool of candidates that can be drawn upon for positions that may become available within our 6 fire department divisions.

Firefighter Job Poster


*Sept. 08 – Working draft official plan for Prince Edward County is now available.

September 08, 2015

A working draft official plan for Prince Edward County is now available for you to consider. Prepared by consultants with The Planning Partnership and Planscape, the draft plan is another milestone in the OPR project, which to date has produced new approved Secondary Plans for Picton and Wellington, and a recommended Secondary Plan for Rossmore.
You can review the draft official plan by:
·         clicking on the following link:
·    ordering a print copy by:
o   calling Planning Services at 613.476.2148 ext. 340 or 342, and
o   visiting The Edward, 280 Picton Main Street, 2nd floor reception.
The OPR team requests your feedback on the policies in the draft plan, particularly those relating to areas in which you have particular interest and experience. Please email your comments and questions to: Also through this email, you may arrange a meeting at Planning Services in The Edward if you feel this would be beneficial.
Please make time for the upcoming open house at which the project consultants will present the draft policies in a format that invites input from all who attend. We hope to schedule the event for a date in October. Notice will be given through email and the media.
OPR Next Steps: Following the open house, input received over the next two months will help shape a new draft plan, to be presented at Council prior to submission for review by the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing.
Thanks for your on-going assistance in “shaping tomorrow, today”.
Bernard G. Shalka MScPl
Municipal Consultant, Official Plan Review
The Corporation of the County of Prince Edward
T: 613.476.2148 ext. 351  |  F: 613.471.2050


*Sept. 01 – Ontario introduces new set of traffic laws as part of its efforts to make driving safer in the province.

Sept. 01, 2015

The province of Ontario introduces a new set of traffic laws as part of its efforts to make driving safer in the province.
The “Making Ontario Roads Safer Act”, or Bill 31, was approved unanimously in June and will come into effect Sept. 1—meaning some new rules for drivers and, in many cases, heavier penalties for breaking them.

Distracted driving: If you’re caught looking at your phone, texting or talking on your phone while driving, you will face much bigger fines and more demerit points, the province is warning. The current fine for distracted driving is approximately $200. As of Tuesday, those found guilty of distracted driving will face fines up to $1,000 and more demerit points. Drivers with G1 or G2 licenses could have their permits suspended on the spot.

Pedestrian crossovers: Drivers will have to wait until pedestrians have completely crossed the road at pedestrian crossovers and school crossings before proceeding. About half of all fatal traffic accidents involving pedestrians occur at intersections, the Ministry of Transportation said. The new law is an attempt to make roads safer for pedestrians. This change will take effect in January.

Passing cyclists: Drivers will have to give cyclists at least one metre of room wherever possible. The fine for breaking this rule has not yet been set. Motorists who open the door of their vehicle into the path of a cyclist without checking will face fines between $300 and $1,000 and three demerit points.

The “move over” law: As for Sept. 1, drivers will be require to slow down and move into the next lane whenever they see a stopped emergency vehicle with its red and blue lights flashing. This will apply to stopped tow trucks that have amber lights flashing. The fine for breaking these rules will be $490 and three demerit points.

Alcohol and drugs: Those caught driving under the influence of drugs will now face the same penalties as drunk drivers, the ministry said. These include between a three and 90-day license suspension and a week-long vehicle impoundment. More than 45 per cent of drivers killed in Ontario were found that have drugs or alcohol in their systems.