The great water and sewer debate

January 11, 2018

For most of a year now we have been consumed by ongoing discussions as to the affordability of municipal water and sewer rates. This became an issue in early 2017 with the doubling of the wastewater portion of these bills however the problem didn’t start then. At the advent of the municipal water system, the council of the day was basking in the prospect of potential limitless growth. We had several new mines which brought overnight growth and this, coupled with the baby boom, meant that we would be a city in short order. These factors among others, seem to have, masked the need for a plan to replace this infrastructure in the future and choices then certainly would not have been framed with any regard to the current reality of stagnant growth.

Closing Clark Lake to the public

To the Editor, Some would have us believe that the only reason the town wants to block access to Clark Lake is because of the ...

The changing profile of Hastings Highlands

Recently Statistics Canada, MPAC and Hastings County have all completed studies on Hastings Highlands.

Scouts Canada area commissioner responds to “New Bancroft scout program seeking leaders”

I am writing in reference you your article that appeared today in Bancroft this Week titled “New Bancroft scout program seeking leaders.” I am Scouts Canada’s volunteer area commissioner for the region served by your paper, and there are some important points that I feel should be brought to your readers' attention.

Strike hurting students

As a Sheridan College graduate, past chairperson of the board of governors of Loyalist College, I express my disappointment with the state of college negotiations in the current strike situation. My disappointment is not with a particular negotiation party and what they may want out of the system but more specifically with the lack of recognition and attention to the financial burden to the consumer — the student and their family.

Who is paying the taxes

Always lots of speculation on this topic...at the recent OMB hearing I heard that cottagers pay 80 to 85 per cent of the taxes in Hastings Highlands, a disproportionate amount in relation to the non-seasonal group.

Yarn-bomb means a lot to me

As one of the remaining grandsons of the late Const. Thomas Kehoe, I would like to express my gratitude to the citizens of Bancroft for commemorating my late grandfather on Remembrance Day.

Let’s actually collaborate

Bill Cheshire’s letter a couple of weeks ago talks about collaboration and talking to our neighbours. I think this is a great idea. The county, province and the federal governments have been downloading and burying our small rural municipalities with bureaucratic red tape that has created huge debts and higher taxes for all of us. Something needs to change.

Let’s talk with our neighbours

Now a lot of folks are not going to like this letter, as I am going to talk about our regional hub, Bancroft, and its relationship with its neighbours.

Questions following OMB prehearing

A lot of ratepayers including yours truly left the Ontario Municipal Board hearing on Oct. 5 angry and frustrated. The hearing was deferred until Nov. 7. About 50 ratepayers showed up for the hearing and, unfortunately, the audio system did not function well, so most of the time it was hard to hear the proceedings.

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