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by Sylene Argent Bjorkman welcomed back On behalf of Council, Mayor Ron McDermott welcomed Councillor Steve Bjorkman back to the municipal decision-making table after a brief hiatus due to health reasons.   Voakes removed from COA Essex Council removed Councillor Randy Voakes from the Committee of Adjustment. Councillor Larry Snively began discussion on the matter. […]

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by Sylene Argent Essex Councillor Bill Caixeiro, who was one of two Colchester reps at the municipal decision-making table, suddenly handed in his resignation to the Town via a letter that was dated for the July 4 meeting. Essex Mayor Ron McDermott made the official announcement at the Essex Council meeting hosted inside the Council […]

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submitted to EFP Essex County Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) released this week to their five Police Service Boards, the results of their 2017 Community Satisfaction Survey. The survey, which is undertaken once every three years, is a tool for gathering public opinion on policing issues, perceptions of crime and ratings of OPP service delivery. A […]

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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 […]

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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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