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by Fred Groves A comprehensive five-year Master Plan could result in another new fire hall being built in Essex. Pomax Consulting recently presented Master Fire Plan 2017-2021 to Council, which includes building a new fire hall to replace the current Station 2 facility, located in Gesto. Jan Hambides of Pomax noted that the ideal location […]

by Sylene Argent Winter control equipment Essex Council awarded the Request for Tender for a single axle plow truck cab and chassis 2017 to Team Truck Centres for around $125,900, and further awarded the Request for Proposal for Supply of Winter Control Equipment for a single axle plow truck to Viking-Cives for around $125,900. The […]

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by Sylene Argent Senior of the Year Essex Council recognized area resident Jan Mooney with the Senior Citizen of the Year Award. This award is presented in recognition of a senior’s outstanding contribution to the community. The Provincial program recognizes community-minded individuals over the age of 65 who have enriched the community. The program is […]

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by Fred Groves A court decision late last year could cost the Town of Essex nearly a quarter-of-a-million dollars. On December 16, 2016, Justice Scott K. Campbell awarded $238,988.53 to Gulf Developments, which was originally hired to build Station 1 EMS/Fire Hall in Essex Centre. Gulf, the lowest bidder on the $2.75 million facility, was […]

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by Adam Gault A public forum was held in Leamington on Thursday, June 15 to give residents an opportunity to interact with members from the Ontario Energy Board (OEB) and Hydro One with regards to a proposed Hydro One distribution rate increase. The proposed increase would be over five years, anf result in typical residential […]

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by Fred Groves A four-generation commitment to the Town of Essex has come to an end. Gary Smith, a senior captain with the Essex Fire & Rescue Service, recently announced his retirement from the firefighting brigade, which installed his great-grandfather Sam as its first Chief back in the late 1800s. His departure, after 33 plus […]

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by Fred Groves There are four distinct communities within the Municipality of Essex, and while there is a blanket approach available to govern, each have their own challenges. On the evening of Tuesday, May 30th, a dozen residents along with town staff and Council members, met for an informal discussion about Essex Centre. Inside the […]

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by Sylene Argent A majority vote during Monday evening’s Essex Council meeting put an end to the Town looking into ORV usage on municipal roadways. Council received Economic Development Officer Nelson Silveira’s report, and would eventually concur with the recommendation to not proceed with a pilot project that would have permitted off road vehicle usage […]

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by Adam Gault Representatives of Ontario’s Ministry of Education hosted a public forum at the Columbus Community Hall in Amherstburg to discuss the unique educational challenges rural communities face. This event was one in a series of ten similar events being held in communities across Ontario. These events provide members of the public an open-forum […]

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by Fred Groves The Town of Essex has fired its Chief Administrative Officer. Following a closed session meeting last Tuesday night in which council met to discus a personnel issue, Tracey Pillon-Abbs was dismissed. An Essex resident, Pillon-Abbs had been on the job for 10 months. She came from Leamington where she had held a […]

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