*May 11 – RE: Proposed Building Code – Septic System Pump Out Requirement

May 11, 2017

Subject: Message from Minister Mauro – RE: Proposed Building Code – Septic System Pump Out Requirement

This email is being sent to all Heads of Council. A hard copy will follow.

Dear Heads of Council:

I am writing today to inform you that the Ministry of Municipal Affairs will not be moving forward with the proposals requiring regular inspections, pumping out of septic tanks and keeping of the septic tanks and treatment units’ maintenance records put forth in Phase One of the Building Code consultation.

The consultation process provided municipalities, industry, subject matter experts and members of the public with an opportunity to offer their input and views on the proposed changes. The Ministry welcomed the feedback and I was pleased with the frank responses with respect to septic systems.

I have always felt that there are sufficient protections in place to mitigate against septic system failures. Since 1997, there has been a requirement for owners of septic tanks and treatment units to clean out their systems when the working capacity is one-third full. This will continue to be in effect.

I value the input of our municipal partners. I’ve heard from many of you on this issue and I thank you for your input.


Original signed by

Bill Mauro

*May 09 – Emergency Council meeting to discuss ‘State of Emergency’

May 09, 2017

Prince Edward County has declared a state of emergency due to the risk of increased flooding.

On Tuesday night, mayor Robert Quaiff declared the emergency stating localized flooding and the continued rising water levels of the Bay of Quinte and Lake Ontario was a cause for concern.

“The immediate concern is ensuring access to Provincial financial assistance for flood damage to private property and municipal infrastructure,” said mayor Quaiff.  “In addition, by declaring an emergency, there will be access to more resources for the protection of waterfront properties.” Read more at


*May 08 – Local Man, Jeff Lupton, Wins at Trenton’s Walleye World Derby

May 08, 2017

Consecon resident Jeff Lupton won the Senior Walleye division with a catch weighing 11.48 pounds. Jeff took home a boat-motor-trailer package valued at $21,000.


Come hell or high water.

That was the attitude of the many anglers who descended on the Bay of Quinte over the weekend to open Walleye season with the Kiwanis Walleye World Fishing Derby. Read more of County Weekly News story.

Results at Kiwanis Walleye World Derby web page.