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  • Town of Kensington Adopts 2013 Budget | Town of Kensington
    of the Kensington Town Council held on February 11 2013 Council adopted its 2013 Municipal Budget Deputy Mayor Rowan Caseley Chair of the Finance and Administration Committee presented the budget and outlined its contents Deputy Mayor Caseley noted that revenues and expenditures for 2013 will exceed 2 Million dollars for the first time The Town is projecting revenues and expenditures of 2 104 798 00 Highlights of the budget include No new taxes or increase to existing tax rates Continuation of the Town s Residential Tax Incentive Policy Incorporation of the Community Gardens Complex into the Town s operations The non commercial and commercial property tax rates remain unchanged at 0 55 per 100 of assessed value and 1 30 per 100 of assessed value respectively The Kensington Water and Pollution Control Corporation operating budget was also approved on February 11th with a projected balanced budget of 523 110 00 Mayor Gordon Coffin noted that Town Council approved what he believes to be a fiscally responsible budget 2012 was another difficult year economically for the Town we continue to strive to meet current challenges without mortgaging away our future He added The 2013 budget maintains current service levels in all areas and endevours to improve in others It is becoming increasingly difficult for the Town to maintain its current property tax levels while continuing to strive for improvement in its standard of municipal service delivery and quality of life for its residents The Town s operating and water and sewer budget estimates will be posted on the Town s website over the next couple of weeks Copies of the budget are also available at the Town Hall located at 55 Victoria Street East 30 For More Information Contact Mayor Gordon Coffin Town of Kensington 55 Victoria Street East Kensington PE

    Original URL path: http://kensington.ca/town-of-kensington-adopts-2013-budget/ (2014-10-09)
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  • Landmark’s sale has Kensington cadets on the move | Town of Kensington
    the move would happen sooner or later due to federal downsizing This is the third time that they ve tried to evict us from that building and the previous two times we were able to elicit the support of both the local community the local MP Wayne Easter and Wes Sheridan and the premier to turn it around said Spears This time they just came out and said It s sold you re out of there We knew it was coming we just didn t know when The building which sits on Kensington s main intersection was constructed in 1954 and is recognized as a provincial historic place for its asymmetrical design brickwork and cube shaped clock But the feds had listed the post office as surplus and were prepared to either destroy it or sell it Sheridan said he did not wish to comment much on the building s future because the P E I government is not the purchaser but said a new exciting use would be announced this month by the new ownership We were able to ensure that it s going to stay as is and the post office will stay in that location he said It s an important building in the town probably the landmark in the town and it s important that we maintain the post office services there Sheridan added that he personally concerned himself with finding a new home for the cadet corps which occupied the top floor above the post office Ultimately he said the corps will have more space at Slemon Park and the Legion I ve been involved with the cadets for a number of years now and I just wanted to make sure they had a soft landing he said There are some things they are excited

    Original URL path: http://kensington.ca/landmarks-sale-has-kensington-cadets-on-the-move/ (2014-10-09)
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  • Business excellence recognized at Kensington Chamber awards | Town of Kensington
    incredible amount she said You can t open your doors everyday without that The citation noted Samuel s has already gained a reputation as a community hub after barely a year of operation Excellence in customer service was awarded to Ryan Simmonds general manager of Roberts Petro Can in Kensington Simmonds has worked at the station since 1998 maintaining his job as he studied for a business degree He was cited as representing the company well and extending customer relations beyond the workplace into many community endeavours Business person of the year was awarded to John Rowe president of Timeless Technologies software development company and Island Abby Foods which is more popularly known for its Honibe products Rowe has over 17 years experience and is credited with 25 innovations and more than 500 license agreements around the world Timeless Technologies has been in business since 1994 Rowe s honey based products have been advancing for nine years though it was an appearance on a CBC program in 2011 that proved the tipping point for that venture I love what I do he said Being an entrepreneur you are faced with challenges every day around every bend and it s those challenges that motivate to work I don t really consider it work it s life You are in charge of your own destiny If you don t motivate yourself it s not going to happen because the buck stops with you Business of the year was awarded to Higher Design owned by Kenny and Klasina Driscoll Since starting the business in 2006 Higher Design has continued to grow strengthened by the creative and administrative viewpoints that each of the owners contribute The final award of the night was the Committee Choice presented to Hospice P E I and accepted by

    Original URL path: http://kensington.ca/business-excellence-recognized-at-kensington-chamber-awards/ (2014-10-09)
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  • Kensington approves new communication system for fire department | Town of Kensington
    approved the purchase of a breathing apparatus communications system for the firefighters at its regular monthly meeting The technology includes lapel microphones and in helmet communications systems that will allow the fire chief on scene to stay in radio contact with firefighters inside a burning building Right now they rely on the use of sirens in the emergency vehicles to alert the firefighters that they need to get out said town CAO Geoff Baker who suggested that most other Island fire departments have a similar communications system This will give the chief a means of staying in constant communication with them while they re inside a burning building It s a way of adding another level of safety for our firefighters Bell Aliant is providing the required radios at a cost of more than 2 000 while T K Fire Equipment Ltd will furnish the in helmet technology for 5 340 The cost will be covered by the fire department s own capital which comes largely from dues paid in what is one of the Island s largest fire districts Tuesday night marked the final meeting before the newly elected council is officially sworn in on Nov 19 The faces

    Original URL path: http://kensington.ca/kensington-approves-new-communication-system-for-fire-department/ (2014-10-09)
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  • Council opposes building’s heritage designation | Town of Kensington
    town s council Earlier this year the Tourism and Culture Department notified town officials that it intends to designate the Government of Canada building on Victoria Street West which is the home of Kensington s post office In September council asked CAO Geoff Baker to draft a notice of objection to the proposal Baker said the heritage designation could impose restrictions aimed at protecting the character of the building which could present future problems given the post office s placement at Kensington s main intersection We at this point in time don t feel it s appropriate to restrict that building primarily because of its proximity to the intersection he said There might be a necessity at some time in the future to modify the intersection or improve the safety of the intersection We felt it wasn t prudent to restrict what could be done with the property The Government of Canada building was constructed in 1954 and is noted on the province s historic places website for its asymmetrical shape brickwork and cube shaped clock The post office is owned by the federal government but Baker doesn t believe P E I s heritage places protection board has to clear the designation with the feds It s listed on the province s website as a registered heritage place meaning it s not subject to the restrictions that concerned council The town filed its objection by the September deadline but Baker noted that the heritage board could still decide designating the building is appropriate without the support of Kensington council My understanding is the heritage places board will deliberate on any objections they ve received to make a recommendation to the Culture minister as to whether it should be designated or not at this point in time said Baker The

    Original URL path: http://kensington.ca/council-opposes-buildings-heritage-designation/ (2014-10-09)
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  • Kensington Heritage Library opens | Town of Kensington
    officially opened its new Heritage Library It s been many years since we actually started it but we had to wait until we had everything done said Kensington Coun Rowan Caseley This library is a community library The province of Prince Edward Island also provides the resources the staffing people and computers and books It s a joint effort He said the Summerside Rotary Club also played a role in seeing the library realized They were instrumental in providing all of the new shelving Caseley added We were not able to come up with the money for this year to do that ourselves It s a big chunk of money Caseley said not only have the town province and rotary club come on board but there have been several other donors as well Some people have donated up to 1 000 towards the project The new facility is 50 per cent larger than the town s previous library building The thing that makes this most successful is all of the users that come in and use the resources Caseley said If it wasn t for their use of the resources we wouldn t have people making donations and therefore we wouldn t be able to provide all of this Ivan Gallant chairman of the library board of directors said the project began a few months ago when discussions were held with the town about moving the facility to a larger location This has definitely been the best move yet Gallant said It s storefront and gets a lot more exposure than it has ever had Gallant said one person who hasn t been talked about much during the library renovation is Senator Libbey Hubley This building when we came in here a few months ago needed a lot of repair

    Original URL path: http://kensington.ca/kensington-heritage-library-opens/ (2014-10-09)
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  • Monday is election day for Kensington | Town of Kensington
    are vying for Kensington s six town council seats on Monday Sixty nine municipalities across the province are either holding public votes or special nomination meetings on Nov 5 Polls are open in Kensington from 9 a m to 7 p m at Town Hall Mayor Gordon Coffin was unopposed by the deadline to declare candidacy and was automatically acclaimed to the position but there will be some changes around the council table Current deputy mayor Paul Chessman is not re offering Two new candidates Ken Simmonds and Rodney Mann have also stepped forward to challenge incumbents Rowan Caseley Mack MacLean Marvin Mill Jeff Spencer and Gary Gallant Gallant the general manager of the Kensington Club has been the only candidate so far to campaign through the media Over the last five and a half years I have worked very hard and am very proud of the accomplishments mayor and council have achieved I believe that today Kensington is definitely a better place to work live and play because of it Gallant said in a news release Those elected Nov 5 will serve abbreviated two year terms in office to bring smaller municipalities in line with Summerside Charlottetown Stratford and Cornwall which hold elections for four year terms in 2014 While the shortened term didn t attract many candidates in Kensington it seems to have drummed up interest in other communities like Borden Carleton Three candidates are vying for mayor in that town and 11 candidates are in the running for six council spots Elections P E I and the Department of Municipal Affairs will post results on their websites as they re tabulated Monday night Community residents are eligible to vote so long as they re 18 years old a Canadian citizen and a resident of the municipality for

    Original URL path: http://kensington.ca/monday-is-election-day-for-kensington/ (2014-10-09)
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  • Island Artist Marks 10th Anniversary with Gail Shea Presentation | Town of Kensington
    admiration for the federal minister responsible for PEI the Honourable Gail Shea I deeply respect Minister Shea as a successful businesswoman and as the minister representing us in Ottawa Anne said Tuesday at her Kensington art gallery I ve watched her career over the years and admired not only what she has accomplished in her work but how she has always kept PEI close to her heart Anne presented Gail with the first print of her new work Tignish Harbour Prince Edward Island is one of the most beautiful places I ve ever seen and I feel privileged to paint it tip to tip Anne said This particular painting was one I thought Minister Shea might love as much as I do Anne was also honoured by a visit from the Honourable James Moore Minister of Canadian Heritage Official Languages who was visiting PEI and took the opportunity to visit a working artist on the Island This is an honour Anne said Minister Moore is a strong advocate for the arts community across the country and I am delighted to welcome him to my gallery Anne noted that she is very grateful to be able to make a living as full time artist living and working on PEI Painting is my passion she said and PEI s natural beauty vibrant colours and unique light make it an artist s paradise I m so thankful to be able to support myself doing what I love right here on the Island Anne s unique style captures the Island at its best Her work has been exhibited throughout the Maritimes and sold across Canada and the U S Anne is also often commissioned for special paintings and gifts by companies and individuals In 2012 she was a Businesswoman of the Year Award finalist

    Original URL path: http://kensington.ca/island-artist-marks-10th-anniversary-with-gail-shea-presentation/ (2014-10-09)
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