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Kensington council decides where flags will fly

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KENSINGTON, P.E.I. – The town of Kensington has adopted a flag flying policy.

Recently, the town has received a number of requests from organizations to fly their flags on town-owned flagpoles. 

The new policy states that no flag, other than a Canada, P.E.I. or Town of Kensington flag, will be flown from municipally owned flag poles. There is one exception, the fourth flag pole located at the front of the town’s Rail Yards property. This flag pole will typically fly a Town of Kensington flag however it will also be designated for groups and organizations who request their event flag be flown from a town flag pole.

The policy also allows the town to fly the appropriate flag on the occasion of a visiting dignitary, the flag may be flown for the duration of the dignitary’s visit.

Fire department report

The Kensington Fire Department responded to a number of incidents in the month of April. Here’s how it breaks down:

– One motor vehicle accident

– One smoke investigation

– One outside fire

– One structural fire

– One alarm

April police report

The Kensington Police Department responded to a number of incidents in the month of April. There was a total of 53 incidents:

– One 911 call

– One alarm

– 18 assistance calls

– One breach of peace

– Two breaches of recognizance

– One disturbing the peace

– One family relations act

– One harassing phone call

– One liquor offence

– Two lost and found calls

– Four responses under the mental health act

– One mischief call

– Six highway traffic acts  

– One municipal bylaw response

– One integrated traffic enforcement response

– One suspicious persons/vehicle

– One theft under $5,000

– One occurrence of uttering threats

– Eight summary offence tickets issued

Home-based business approved

Kensington Town Councillors have approved an application for a town resident to operate a home-based business.

Council received an application from Arlene MacAusland requesting to run her business Twisted Knickers in her home. The arts and crafts business will have two rooms of the home dedicated to business, according to the town’s bylaw.

Request denied

Kensington Town Council has denied a request from the Kensington and Area Christian Council to close Credit Union Centre until after 12 p.m. on Nov. 11.

Council received correspondence in May from the Christian council. After discussion, councillors decided it should not be the town’s role to close the rink on Remembrance Day and that the request go directly to user groups to consider.

Updating equipment

The Credit Union Centre – Kensington Fitplex will see new and replacement equipment arriving upcoming months after council approved the application to add three pieces to the exercise facility.

Two of the pieces, a Hoist Fitness 3-way Olympic Bench and a Hoist Fitness Back Hyper Extension Bench, will replace older models that will be taken out of service.

The third piece, a Hoist fitness MiSmith Machine, will be a new machine to the facility. The total cost to purchase and install the equipment amounts to about $6,700.

Replacing Fitplex flooring

Town councillors approved the replacement of the current aerobics flooring of the Credit Union Centre – Kensington Fitplex.

Recently, staff identified the need to replace the current floating laminate floor with a rubber matting floor more suitable and durable for the area.

Price quotes were requested from Kent Building Supplies and Spring Valley Building Centre (Castle).

Council awarded the tender to Castle who quoted the cost as $5,250 plus $787.50 HST. The total cost to replace the floor with seven rolls of matting is $6,037.

Restaurant one step closer to reality

Development of a new Kensington restaurant made another stride forward.

On Monday, council approved a development permit to Karen and Trent Murphy of Go! Fish for the renovation of the former James Mullally Blacksmith Shop at 29 Commercial Street.

The Murphys plan to convert the building into a fish and chip takeout restaurant. Renovations are expected to be completed by July 1.  

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