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by Fred Groves The doors at 14 library branches in Essex County are expected to reopen this week following the longest strike to take place in this region. After an unprecedented seven-and-a-half months, the strike that put 57 library workers on the picket line came to an end late last week. CUPE Local 2974 had […]

by Sylene Argent Essex Council approved the 2017 budget in principal on Monday evening during a special meeting at the Essex Municipal Building. The budget, in principal, proposes what will work out to be between a 2 and 2.5 percent increase in the General Municipal Tax Levy. Council and administration met for the first time […]

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by Sylene Argent Voakes wants discussion on agenda item policy Councillor Randy Voakes said he had three items he wanted placed on the agenda for the Monday, February 6 meeting, and two items for a previous meeting, that he wanted to speak about. He claimed all five of those items were brought forward so he […]

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by Sylene Argent Seeking assistance for demolition Building owner Domingos Pereira, with Teresa Pereira, approached Council in hopes of getting assistance with the cost of a demolition for his building and relief from the Community Improvement Program (CIP) Façade Grant repayment obligation at 34 Queen Street in Harrow. It was noted during the meeting that […]

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by Fred Groves An Essex County Council financial decision is not sitting well with an Essex Councillor. As part of its recent 2017 budget deliberations, County Council has opted to put $790,000, a surplus from the ongoing library strike, into reserves. Essex Councillor Randy Voakes has been campaigning for several months to not only get […]

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by Sylene Argent Members of Essex Council and town staff gathered at the Municipal Building on Monday evening to hold the first operating and capital budget deliberation for 2017. The meeting laid out a format where senior staff members had a chance to outline what projects, items, equipment, or software they need or would like […]

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by Fred Groves As the rain pelted their umbrellas last Friday morning, striking Essex County librarians remained on the picket line. Not among those was part-time librarian and Essex Councillor Sherry Bondy. A library worker for nearly nine years, she not only does not picket with her co-workers, she was one of the seven who […]

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by Sylene Argent Looking at CIP for Colchester Councillor Larry Snively said he would like there to be Community Improvement Plan opportunities for the village of Colchester. He put a motion forward, which Council supported, directing Administration to look into possibilities for this. He believes the five businesses there should be able to tap into […]

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by Sylene Argent Every new year brings with it a blank slate, as well as a chance to plan for a great year with plenty of opportunity. For Councillors and senior staff for the Municipality of Essex, that blank slate means jotting down what they would like to tackle over the next 12 months to […]

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by Fred Groves The Municipality of Essex wants to buy Harrow High School. At Monday night’s Council meeting, and after surprisingly little discussion, it was decided to notify the Greater Essex County District School Board that the town is interested in purchasing the secondary school that closed in June, 2016. Deemed surplus, the Board closed the school […]

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