Message from Mayor Jim Harrison
On behalf of City Council, we extend greetings and thank you for visiting the City of Quinte West website.
The City has completed a number of priority projects, including the continued revitalization of the downtown cores of Trenton and Frankford, making it more attractive for our citizens and visitors.
Since the municipal amalgamation in 1998, the City of Quinte West has continued to provide municipal Public Works and Environmental Services out of several fragmented pre-amalgamation facilities scattered throughout the former municipalities of Trenton, Sidney, Frankford and Murray. As the City continues to grow, the management of municipal service delivery has presented challenges in efficient service delivery. To address this issue, City Council has approved the consolidation of Public Works and Environmental Services to one facility that will enable the City to manage its service delivery functions in a seamless, coordinated and more efficient manner. This project is in its final design stage and tenders are set to be advertised in February 2015 with a spring construction startup.
Our City, situated on the shores of the beautiful Bay of Quinte, offers an excellent lifestyle and business amenities that make it a great place to live and operate a business. Quinte West offers a unique mix of rural and urban communities and is truly a "Natural Attraction". A key component of the waterfront development is the Trent Port Marina, scheduled to open in the heart of Quinte West in the spring of 2015 - where the Bay of Quinte meets the Trent Severn Waterway. Unlike other existing marinas, Trent Port marina will provide boaters with extensive modern amenities and services including high-end private shower and bathroom pods, outdoor covered pavilion, lounge, laundry facilities and so much more.
The first class facility will be a home away from home for our seasonal and visiting boaters, bringing an entirely new group of consumers and shoppers face to face with our local business community.
Economic development is a priority in Quinte West. Our City offers a strong and diverse economic base with excellent development opportunities. We work closely with our partners such as the Quinte Economic Development Commission, to attract business and industry to our community. We encourage you to contact us, and we would be pleased to assist your company in exploring available opportunities and sites in our area.
We invite you to visit our website and the various links, and we hope you will come and experience what Quinte West has to offer.
- Born and raised in Brighton, Ontario
- Graduated from East Northumberland Secondary School
- Attended Trent University and graduated with a Bachelor of Science
- Received his Masters in Education at the University of Toronto
- Retired after 35 years working in the education field and was an Elementary School Principal for 33 years.
- Has been farming all of his life and has beef cows and is a cash cropper.
- Married to Jane who is a retired elementary school teacher. They have 2 children. Their daughter Ann is married to Bob Caldwell and they have 2 children Jacob and Elizabeth. Their son Jeff and wife Janie Harrison have 4 children, Michael, Rachel, Brian and Charlie.
- Was the Deputy Reeve for Murray Township from 1991-1997
- City of Quinte West Councillor 1997-2014
- Elected Mayor 2014
- Past member of the Board of Directors and President of Ontario Good Roads Association
- Past Chair of the Quinte West Police Services Board
- Past Chair of Lower Trent Conservation
- Chair of the Public Works Committee
- Vice-Chair of the Planning Advisory Committee
- Member of Lower Trent Conservation
- Member of Quinte West Committee of Adjustment