Cooperation yields clarity on service delivery

By Darren LumThe following are news briefs from the Highlands East special meeting of council on April 19, held virtually. After several months of collaboration, Highlands East staff presented the consolidated planning fees for Zoning…

Highlands East welcomes hybrid meetings

By Darren LumIn-person meetings return, but virtual option will continue for meetingsThe Municipality of Highlands East is providing an electronic option for people interested in attending council meetings wherever they may be.With an amendment to…

Get back what we put in

By Joan Barton The essential difference between living in a rural community and an urban centre is that if you are going to make it work you can’t just live in a rural community, you…

Highlands East approves 2022 budget

Residents will see a 1.48 increase in taxesBy Chris Drost Highlands East Council has officially approved a municipal tax increase of 1.48 per cent for 2022. To local taxpayers, it means an increase of $7.50…

HE awards telecommunication contract this fall

The following news briefs from the Highlands East Council regular meeting on Feb. 8, held virtually. By Chris Drost When it comes time to vote in this fall’s municipal elections, voters in Highlands East will…

Agricultural Fair is back for 2022

It’s on! In Real Life! The board of the Wilberforce Agricultural Society met at the end of January, and decided to bring back the Wilberforce Agricultural Fair. So mark your calendars for Friday Aug. 5…

HE construction values top $42 million in 2021

By Chris Drost2021 will go down as a record-breaking year when it comes to construction values for Highlands East.CBO Laurie Devolin reported that the to-date construction values for 2021 came in at $42,739,713, a huge…

HE departments share 2022 capital plans with council

By Chris DrostOn the morning of Nov. 23, Highlands East council was presented with capital plans for 2022. Shannon Hunter, CAO/treasurer, also advised that the five-year capital forecast has been updated to 2026, but currently,…

Highlands East tackles long list of zoning amendment…

Highlands East council met virtually on the morning of Oct. 12 where the busy agenda included department monthly reports, a number of zoning amendment requests from private landowners, and a public planning meeting. By Chris…

‘Little Library’ idea acceptedin Highlands East

By Fred Groves They are called Little Libraries but there is nothing minuscule about a new idea that is coming to the Municipality of Highlands East.At the Sept. 14 regular council meeting, Economic Development Co-ordinator…

Drastic increase in building permits

The following are brief reports of items discussed at the Sept. 14 virtual meeting of Highlands East council. By Fred Groves Highlands East has seen a drastic increase in the permits that have been issued.…

HE council members will attend committee meetings

The following are Highlands East Council briefs from the virtual meeting on Tuesday, Aug. 24. By Darren Lum The pandemic is far from over and virtual council meetings are likely to continue to enable access…

Wilberforce lost in virtual shuffle

By Darren Lum It’s hard to imagine there would be any confusion at the post office in Wilberforce where postmaster Mary Barker has worked for the past 15 years, following in her father’s footsteps leading…

Wilberforce Curling club shutters doors for season

The following are brief reports of items discussed at the Oct. 13 meeting of Highlands East council. By Darren Lum The Wilberforce Curling Club won’t operate this season. “After an extensive and exhaustive debate about…