Dog owners reminded to pick up after their pets SUMMERSIDE, P.E.I. – The City of Summerside is once again reminding dog owners to clean up after their pets. The city has a perennial problem along the Baywalk waterfront trail of dog owners failing to pick up their dog’s feces. It is especially a problem in the spring when the snow begins to melt. It is also an issue local councillors get a lot of complaints about. The city already provides free waste bags in various containers along the trail; a social media campaign reminding owners of their obligation has been implemented. Ramsay on leave from council to run in election SUMMERSIDE, P.E.I. – Summerside city Coun. Barb Ramsay will be on leave until at least April 3. Ramsay, who represents Ward 3, is also the Progressive Conservative Candidate for District 22 in the upcoming provincial election. Her leave will remain in effect until after Islanders cast their ballots. If Ramsay is successful in her campaign, she will automatically resign from her seat on council and the city will hold a by-election within six months. If she is unsuccessful, she will be free to return to duties representing her ward on council. During her absence, Mayor Dan Kutcher will temporarily fill in for Ramsay as liaison between council and the city’s police and fire services. Summerside weighing public transportation funding option SUMMERSIDE, P.E.I. – The City of Summerside is taking a closer look at revamping its public transportation system. In a recent update to council, Mayor Dan Kutcher indicated that the city has a chance to take advantage of a “rather generous” federal program designed to encourage more public transit. “Discussions have been ongoing, we are looking at moving forward with an application. (Though) that does not in any way mean we are doing this or not doing this,” cautioned Kutcher. The city would decide whether to proceed based on the results of its funding application.