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Experience prevails for Lower Trent Conservation’s 2019 Board of Directors

While a few fresh faces have joined Lower Trent Conservation’s Board of Directors for 2019, the positions of Chair and Vice Chair will remain unchanged. Jim Alyea, long-time municipal representative on the Board and Deputy Mayor of the City of Quinte West, and Eric Sandford, representative of the Municipality of Centre Hastings, were both acclaimed as Chair and Vice Chair, respectively, during the organization’s annual meeting on February 14th. Alyea was first appointed to the Board representing the former Murray Township from 1990 to 1997 and returned in 2007. Sandford joined the Board in 2015.

New to the Board this year are councillors Lynda Reid (City of Quinte West), Mark Bateman (Municipality of Brighton) and Gene Brahaney (Municipality of Trent Hills). Chair Alyea and the other incumbent members of the Board were pleased to welcome these new members and expressed an eagerness to continue working together towards the organization’s vision of Healthy Watersheds for Healthy Communities.

The 2019 budget of $1,968,641 was also approved by the Board during the meeting. The seven local municipalities will provide a little less than 50 per cent, or $976,986 in general levy, an increase of 3.9 per cent over last year. The remainder of funding is slated to come from the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry, grants, donations, user fees, and partnerships.

“We continue to find creative ways to get our conservation work done”, says Glenda Rodgers, Lower Trent Conservation CAO. “For every $1 received from local municipalities, we are able to convert it to $2 in support of our conservation and watershed management programs.”

For people living within the Lower Trent watershed region, the programs and services of Lower Trent Conservation are focused on a 2,070 square kilometre area that stretches from Grafton to Quinte West, and from Rice Lake to Lake Ontario and the Bay of Quinte. Lower Trent Conservation’s watershed region includes the lower portion of the Trent River watershed and a number of smaller watersheds draining into Lake Ontario and the Bay of Quinte.

The seven municipalities within this watershed region appoint members to the Board of Directors which oversees the activities of the Conservation Authority and sets its budget. The 10-member Board includes the following municipal representatives for 2019:

Township of Alnwick/Haldimand      Ray Benns

Municipality of Brighton                   Mary Tadman, Mark Bateman

Municipality of Centre Hastings       Eric Sandford (Vice-Chair)

Township of Cramahe                       Don Clark

City of Quinte West                           Jim Alyea (Chair), Lynda Reid

Township of Stirling – Rawdon          Bob Mullin

Municipality of Trent Hills                 Rick English, Gene Brahaney

In 2019, the Board of Directors will meet the second Thursday of the month.  Members of the public are invited to attend the meetings of the Board.  Meetings begin at 6:30 PM and are held at the Lower Trent Conservation office located just south of Wooler at 714 Murray Street, Quinte West. Meeting agendas are available at in advance of each meeting.


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