Mayor promises statement about CAO

Mayor Kim Love opened the Feb. 28 Finance & Administration Committee meeting with the following statement: Mr. Robertson is no longer with the municipality. I will be providing an update to the citizens and taxpayers of the Madawaska Valley at the Regular Council meeting on March 5th. Until then, I …

MV gets new plow truck

The Finance & Administration Committee assembled with staff outside the township building during a meeting break on Feb. 28 to take possession of Madawaska Valley’s new plow truck. Shown above (L-R) are Mike Phillips, Hilary Kutchkoskie receiving the keys from Rob Kent of Gin-Cor Industries, Mayor Kim Love, Councillors Ernie Peplinski, …

Township sued by former Integrity Commissioner

Madawaska Valley Township’s first Integrity Commissioner, Jack Rosien, has commenced legal proceedings against the Township for breach of contract, The Current has learned. According to documents filed recently in the Superior Court of Justice at Pembroke, Rosien is claiming his contract with the Township was wrongfully terminated because the Township …

MV Township without CAO

Doug Robertson (pictured above right with Mayor Love) is no longer CAO for the Township of Madawaska Valley with effect from Wednesday Feb. 21. When questioned about this by The Current earlier today, a councillor refused to provide any further information and referred us to Mayor Kim Love. Both Love and …

Neighbours seek economic and tourism development

Local businesses and residents gathered at M&L Hall in Madawaska on Feb. 9 for a meeting entitled Economic & Tourism Development. It was the second of two sessions for South Algonquin Township facilitated by Chris Fullerton, Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Geography & Tourism Studies at Brock …

Madawaska Valley youth speak at Legion

Intermediate Level winners  Photo: Mark Woermke Twelve young people, supported by parents, grandparents and siblings, gathered at the Legion Branch 406 in Barry’s Bay on the morning of Saturday Feb. 17 to participate in Stage One of the Royal Canadian Legion’s annual Ontario Command Public Speaking Contest. Of the twelve, …

Is the Station back on track?

Railway Station Park, August 2017    Photo: Cathie Corrigan Part 2 in a series on the Railway Station ECONOMIC AND SOCIAL RETURNS FOR THE MADAWASKA VALLEY Face of the Valley The Railway Station in Barry’s Bay has been called the “face” of the Madawaska Valley because, for visitors, it is …

Why do we heat with wood?

A view through the glass door of an efficient wood stove  Photo: John Gulland Saving money is part of it, but there is much more to like about a wood fire   Because it is February, you might be getting fed up lugging firewood around and feeding a wood heater’s endless …

Healthcare Foundation thanks Township

The “Families Helping Families” campaign of St. Francis Valley Healthcare Foundation is $10,000 richer as Madawaska Valley presented the final instalment of the township’s $50,000 contribution at the Feb. 5 Council meeting. Shown above at the presentation are: (L-R) Dr. Ray Dawes, Cllr. Ernie Peplinski, former Mayor John Hildebrandt, Mayor …

Decision on railway station

Doug De La Matter addresses MV Council Feb. 5 2018 At a packed meeting today after listening to a delegation from Doug De La Matter of the Madawaska Valley Culture and Heritage Society (MVCHS), Madawaska Valley Council passed the following motion: “It is agreed in principle that the Township of …

Donations policy applied unfairly says Councillor

MV Council’s Finance & Administration Committee plans to recommend that the township change its policy for in-kind donations. At its Jan. 29th meeting, the committee reviewed a request from Colette Mantifel for an in-kind donation for the Terry Fox Run in September 2018. Mayor Love said Council had decided last …

MV committees discuss artists’ payments and Artisans Festival

Local artists and the annual Artisans Festival were discussed during committee meetings in Madawaska Valley Township this week. On Jan. 29th Acting Interim Treasurer, Ross Jeffrey gave a progress report to the Finance & Administration Committee about the remaining unpaid consignment payments for artists’ work sold at the Railway Station …

Revitalization funds for MV announced

Photo: Sharon Gardiner   Mayor Kim Love announced at the Jan. 29th Finance & Administration Committee meeting that Madawaska Valley Township is eligible to receive up to $39,536 under Ontario’s Main Street Revitalization Initiative. The funding allocation, based on population, was announced by the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural …

MV to end development charges

At the Finance & Administration Committee meeting on Jan. 29th it was recommended that with effect from January 1st 2018 development charges be abolished. By-Laws previously passed by MV Township under provincial legislation enabled development charges to be applied to all land in the Township which receives municipal water and/or …

Our Hospital Scores 99.8%

Photo: Pappin Communications Accreditation Canada has awarded St. Francis Memorial Hospital an impressive 99.8% compliance rate on meeting quality standards after a rigorous evaluation process in December. As a result, our hospital has received Accreditation with Commendation and congratulations for ongoing work to improve the quality and safety of health …