Mayor Lennox elected Warden of Wellington County

At Wellington County Council’s inaugural meeting, Wellington North Mayor Andy Lennox was elected Warden for the 2022-2024 term.
Lennox has represented residents of Wellington North since 2010, serving on local Council in 2010, then elected Mayor in 2014. While on County Council, Warden Lennox has been a member of several committees and boards, including Roads (four years as Chair), Planning and Land Division (two years as Chair), Administration, Finance and Human Resources, the Wellington Federation of Agriculture, and the Association of Municipalities of Ontario – Waste Management Task Force.
Since completing his Masters of Business Administration, Lennox has worked for major corporations, run his own farm and operated a business consulting practice.
“I want to congratulate Warden Lennox,” said Past Warden Kelly Linton. “Andy’s comprehensive background in finance, business and community involvement has prepared him to lead a Council that looks forward to meeting today’s challenges. Wellington County is in very capable hands.”
Scott Wilson, Chief Administrative Officer, is also looking forward to Lennox’s leadership.
“Warden Lennox brings a variety of experiences to the role of Warden,” said Wilson. Wellington County Council and staff look forward to working with Warden Lennox.”
“It’s an incredible privilege to be elected by my peers to serve as Wellington County Warden for the next two years,” said Lennox. “I look forward to building on the important work of our previous Council and working hard to make Wellington County an even better place to live, work and do business.”

Police want help identifying suspect

Last Thursday, Wellington County OPP responded to a break in at a business in Harriston. A suspect damaged equipment and stole a quantity of cash.
The OPP provided photographs from a surveillance video.
If you can help identify the individual, call Wellington County OPP at 1-888-310-1122. If you wish to remain anonymous, call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS. You may be eligible for a reward of up to $2,000.

SOUTH BRUCE OPP SEARCHING FOR A MISSING TEEN

(KINCARDINE, ON) – On November 22, 2022, at 7:29 a.m., the South Bruce Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) received a report of a missing person from the town of Kincardine. Kendra NEWTON, 13-years-old, was last seen at 9:20 a.m. on November 22, 2022, along Lower Beach Road in Kincardine.

Description:

  • 5′ 6″ tall, 110 lbs, thin build
  • Long Blonde Hair
  • Blue eyes
  • Wearing a Black North Face coat, Blue Pajama pants and Black Winter Boots
  • Attends the Kincardine District Senior School.

 West Region OPP Emergency Response Team (ERT) and an OPP Canine Unit are assisting with the search.

 The South Bruce OPP is requesting anyone with information to call 1-888-310-1122. Should you wish to remain anonymous, call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS) or submit a secure web-tip at www.cstip.ca, where you may be eligible to receive a cash reward of up to $2000.

Single vehicle fatality closed Hwy. 6 yesterday

Around 10 a.m. yesterday morning, Wellington County OPP responded to a serious single-vehicle incident on Highway 6, south of Mount Forest.
Initial reports indicated a single vehicle was involved, and the driver was seriously injured.
OPP and emergency services responded. The driver was transported to hospital with life threatening injuries, but was pronounced deceased. The Office of the Chief Coroner was notified.
The road was closed while West Region Traffic Incident Management and Enforcement reconstructionist investigated the cause of the collision. Wellington County OPP is asking anyone who may have witnessed the crash to call 1-888-310-1122.
The identity of the deceased was withheld pending next of kin notification.

Police ask for help searching for missing woman

Dufferin OPP are searching for a missing person, Sherry Mitchell from Orangeville. Officers are seeking help from the public to locate her.

Mitchell was last seen at her residence in Orangeville on Friday. She is a 41-year-old white female, 5’1″, approximately 85 to 90 pounds with a thin build, and long, straight black hair.

It is out of character for Mitchell not to contact her family and therefore police and the family are concerned for her well-being. If you have had any contact with Mitchell, or have any information regarding her whereabouts, please contact the Dufferin OPP 1-888-310-1122 or Crime Stoppers to remain anonymous at 1-800-222-TIPS or www.ontariocrimestoppers.ca.

RIDE programs kicking off across the region

Festive RIDE programs are kicking off around the province. Perth County OPP launched their annual program yesterday. Wellington County and West Region OPP kick off today.
Don’t be surprised to see officers conducting RIDE checks throughout the region. The Festive RIDE program runs until January 2, 2023, but RIDE checks year-round looking for drivers under the influence.
Motorists are reminded officers regularly conduct Mandatory Alcohol Screening with drivers who are pulled over and they will be ramping up this measure, including RIDE stops, throughout the campaign. Heading into its fifth year, under the MAS law, an officer with a screening device can demand a breath sample from any driver without having a reasonable suspicion they have alcohol in their body.
Under impaired driving laws, the OPP can also demand a driver submit to a Standardized Field Sobriety Test and a Drug Recognition Expert evaluation. Make a year-round commitment to driving sober and planning ahead to get yourself and others home safely.

CUPE files notice of strike action

Negotiations between the Ontario government and the Canadian Union of Public Employees have broken down, and CUPE have filed a five-day notice to return to strike action.
CUPE released a statement today.
Minister of Education Stephen Lecce said the government is “very disappointed” by what it calls an “unnecessary” decision to strike.
The CUPE represents 55,000 workers in the education sector.

Police seek help identifying driver

Earlier this month, Grey Bruce OPP responded to a fail-to-remain collision on Boucher Street East in Meaford.
Officers arrived and found an unknown driver had backed into a light standard, which had knocked it over onto overhead power lines. Officers also realized the driver had fled the scene.
Grey Bruce OPP are releasing a photo in hopes a member of the public will be able to identify the driver. Police would like to speak with the driver regarding this investigation.
Grey Bruce OPP is asking anyone with information to call 1-888-310-1122. If you wish to remain anonymous, call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS.

Local Remembrance Day services tomorrow

Tomorrow is Remembrance Day, and there are local services planned across the region.
Mount Forest Legion Branch 134 will host a Remembrance Day service starting at 10:45 a.m. at the Mount Forest Cenotaph.
In Harriston, Royal Canadian Legion Branch 296 will hold their service at 11 a.m. Afterwards, the public is invited downstairs for refreshments.
In Palmerston, the Palmerston Legion Frank Lambier Branch 409 will hold their service at the cenotaph at 11 a.m. There will be a parade by Legion members from the Branch to the cenotaph prior to the ceremony. There will be a light lunch served at the Legion following the service.
Over in Arthur, Legion Branch 226 will have a parade from the Legion to the cenotaph for a service, starting at 10:45 a.m.
Drayton Legion Branch 416 will have their service tomorrow afternoon at 2:30 p.m. at the cenotaph. There will be a parade from the Legion starting at 2:15 p.m.
At the Wellington County Museum and Archives, more than 500 memorial markers have been placed, each bearing a name of a fallen soldier from Wellington County.
Candles will be lit today at each marker, and will remain burning throughout Remembrance Day.

New Clerk hired for Wellington County

Jennifer Adams is the new Wellington County Clerk, following the September retirement of Donna Bryce after 12 years with the County and 27 years of public service.
Adams returns to Wellington from the Region of Waterloo, where she is currently Manager of Information Management and Privacy. Adams had previously worked for Wellington County in various roles for 12 years before leaving in February.
Adams was also recently elected to Centre Wellington Council in last month’s municipal election.
“The County is pleased to welcome Jen Adams back as our new County Clerk,” said Chief Administrative Officer Scott Wilson. “She brings extensive political experience and education to her new role. Donna Bryce leaves very big shoes to fill but I am confident Jen is up to the challenge.”
Adams will begin her new job on Monday, December 5. Bryce will assist with the transition. Bryce’s last day with the County is Friday, December 30.