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The Agenda for the December 14, 2018 Special Meeting of Council is now available.

Please note the start time is 1:00 p.m.

For additional meeting details, visit the Council Calendar

 

 

Revised start time of 7:00 p.m.

What is being proposed?

Staff are proposing revisions to the current Property Standards By-law (2002-18, as amended by By-laws 2003-26, 2014-15, & 2014-46).

The current Property Standards By-law applies only to specified areas of the Town. Changes to Provincial legislation require that such By-laws apply to all areas of the municipality, or that MLEOs are authorized to enforce specific provisions of the Residential Tenancies Act in all areas of the municipality. Staff are recommending that the Property Standards By-law be revised to include all areas of the Town.

In addition, Staff are recommending that specific sections of the Property Standards By-law, relating to the operation of Short Term Accommodation properties, be removed or revised. Specifically, it is recommended that references to occupancy restrictions (5.6) be removed and that these occupant limits be assigned through the STA Licensing By-law. FAF.18.151 STA BYLAW REVISION STAFF REPORTStaff will also propose some revised wording regarding specific requirements for the operation of STA and Commercial Resort Unit properties, in order to ensure that these properties comply with Provincial legislation including the Ontario Building Code, Ontario Fire Code and the Fire Protection and Prevention Act.

Staff are recommending that By-law 2002-18, as amended, be repealed and replaced with a new Property Standards By-law, a draft of which will be included with the Staff Report.

The Public Meeting Notice provides additional details.

Please note the start time of the Special Meeting of Council, December 7, 2018 is now 8:15 a.m.

Closed Session 8:15 a.m.

Open Session 9:00 a.m.

The agenda has been revised to include:

For addditional meeting details, visit the Council calendar.

Attached are the highlights for the upcoming Committee of the Whole meeting December 10th.

After each municipal election, Council appoints citizens to various boards and committees that make decisions or recommendations on a variety of matters. These appointments give residents an opportunity to volunteer their skills to help their community.

The term of the appointment is four years (concurrent with the term of Council). Most committees meet monthly and each committee determines the schedule of meetings for the new term.

Public Appointments to Town Committees and Boards, 2018-2022

The Town of The Blue Mountains is seeking applications, in the form of letters of interest, from members of the public for appointment to the following Town Committees and Board for the 2018-2022 term:

  • The Blue Mountains Police Services Board (1)
  • The Blue Mountains Committee of Adjustment (3)
  • The Blue Mountains Library Board (6)
  • Communications Advisory Committee (4)
  • Agricultural Advisory Committee (8)
  • Abandoned Orchard Committee (3)
  • Fence Viewers (5)
  • Council Compensation Review Committee (2)

All Applications should be submitted no later than Wednesday, December 5, 2018 1:00 p.m. to:

Town of The Blue Mountains
Attention: Town Clerk
32 Mill Street
Thornbury, ON N0H 2P0

Email the Town Clerk

Additional information is available in the Appointment Advertisement.

Please note: Questions regarding the Library Board can be directed to Dr. Sabrina Saunders, CEO, The Blue Mountains Public Library at 519-599-3681.

The agenda for the November 5, 2018 Special Meeting of Council is available below.

Agenda - November 5, 2018

Attached are the highlights for the upcoming Committee of the Whole meeting November 5th.

The Board of Health for the Grey Bruce Health Unit is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Ian Arra as Acting Medical Officer of Health.

The appointment is effective today.

Dr. Arra joined the Grey Bruce Health Unit in 2015 during postgraduate training and more recently working as a Physician Consultant.
As well as his medical degree, Dr. Arra completed postgraduate training in Public Health and Preventive Medicine and a Master's in Epidemiology and Biostatistics.

He has worked on a variety public health initiatives including - road safety, nuclear Emergency Response Planning, health effects of wind farms, resource prioritization, electronic documentation implementation, climate change mitigation, and the built environment. 
 Dr. Arra strongly believes that knowledge through research empowers both the individual and the community. As a result, he has served on multiple postgraduate committees that are leading and shaping Canadian Public Health research and education.

For More Information:

Dr. Ian Arra
Medical officer of Health (Acting)
Grey Bruce Health Unit
519-376-9420 or 1-800-263-3456 ext. 1269
I.Arra@publichealthgreybruce.on.ca
 

To view the Declaration of Election Candidates, please open the following link: Declaration of Election Candidates

The Town of The Blue Mountains would like to provide an update to residents regarding the provincial-wide technical issues that occurred last night with the Dominion Voting system. As of late last night, all issues have been fixed and the system is working as expected.

Voting Update:
•    The voting period has been extended to 8:00pm on Tuesday, October 23rd, 2018; 
•    All successfully submitted votes have been properly recorded within the system. There was no loss of data as a result of the technical issues; 
•    If you have not voted, you may vote using the Voter ID and PIN number that was previously provided;
•    If you attempted to vote but did not receive the confirmation message stating “Your Vote Has Been Successfully Cast”, please re-access the system and cast your vote.
If you did not receive your Voter ID or if you require assistance to vote, please visit the Town of The Blue Mountains Town Hall Election Help Centre where staff are ready to provide assistance. 

For more information, please contact:

Corrina Giles
Town Clerk
Town of The Blue Mountains
(519) 599-3131 ext. 232
townclerk@thebluemountains.ca

For media inquiries, please contact:

Tim Hendry
Communications and Economic Development Coordinator
(519) 599-3131 ext. 282
communications@thebluemountains.ca
 

Unofficial results for The Town of The Blue Mountains 2018 Municipal and School Board Election are posted below. Official results will be posted later this week once they are certified by the Town Clerk.

Click to Open: Unofficial 2018 Election Results

The Town of The Blue Mountains would like to inform voters that the Dominion Voting system is currently facing a high level of demand. As a result, you may experience slow service for both internet and telephone voting.

The Town would like to assure voters that the Dominion Voting software is operational and working properly, despite the slow service.

If you have tried to cast your ballot, and are having difficulties, please be patient.

Votes are recorded when you have successfully received an on-screen confirmation or an audible confirmation that says: “Your vote has been successfully cast”.

If you did not hear or see the above message and are experiencing issues, please end the service and try again.

Updates and additional information will be posted to the Town website when available.

For more information, please contact:

Corrina Giles
Town Clerk
Town of The Blue Mountains
(519) 599-3131 ext. 232
townclerk@thebluemountains.ca

For media inquiries, please contact:

Tim Hendry
Communications and Economic Development Coordinator
(519) 599-3131 ext. 282
Communications@thebluemountains.ca ­­

Under the Municipal Elections Act, the Clerk, Corrina Giles, has declared an emergency as circumstances have arisen that are likely to prevent the election being conducted in accordance with the Act at this time. The voting period has been extended to 8:00 pm on October 23rd, 2018. 

Updates and additional information, if applicable, will be posted to the Town website when available.

For more information, please contact:

Corrina Giles
Town Clerk
Town of The Blue Mountains
(519) 599-3131 ext. 232
townclerk@thebluemountains.ca

For media inquiries, please contact:

Tim Hendry
Communications and Economic Development Coordinator
(519) 599-3131 ext. 282
communications@thebluemountains.ca ­­

As of Friday, October 19th, 2018 at 2:30 pm the voter participation rate is: 19.3%

This rate is calculated by dividing the total number of ballots cast by the total number of registered voters at that time. 

Voter Help Centre

Elections Staff will be available at Town Hall, 32 Mill Street, during normal hours of operation, in addition to extended hours to assist individuals who need to confirm if they are on the Voters' List. During the voting period, the Help Centre is also available for any voters who require assistance. For details, please visit: https://www.thebluemountains.ca/election.cfm?is=27

For more information, please contact: 

Corrina Giles
Town Clerk
519-599-3131 ext. 232
Election2018@thebluemountains.ca

Electors please note: if you are voting by internet, you must enter the website address (as found in your Voter Information Letter) in the upper left address bar; see attached example.

Use of the search bar in the middle of the screen will not direct you to the Dominion Internet Voting Site.

If you have any questions, please contact the Clerk's Office.

Listed below are the Help Center Hours of Operation at Town Hall, 32 Mill Street Thornbury.

DATE

TIME

Saturday, October 13

9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Monday, October 15

9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Tuesday, October 16

9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Wednesday, October 17

9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Thursday, October 18

9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Friday, October 19

9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Saturday, October 20

9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Monday, October 22

9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Town Hall, 32 Mill Street, open extended hours during voting period

A Help Centre will be available at Town Hall, 32 Mill Street Thornbury during the following dates and times:

Normal Hours: Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

DATE

TIME

Saturday, October 13

9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Monday, October 15

9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Tuesday, October 16

9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Wednesday, October 17

9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Thursday, October 18

9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Friday, October 19

9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Saturday, October 20

9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Monday, October 22

9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.

The Help Centre is available for electors who:

  • Need to be added to the Voters' List;
  • Have election-related questions; and/or,
  • Require assistance to vote.

If you are not on the Voters' List, you will be required to fill out an EL15 - Application to Amend Voters' List form and provide identification linking you to the qualifying address in The Blue Mountains.

You qualify to vote if:

  • You are at least 18 years old on Election Day;
  • You are a Canadian Citizen;
  • You or your spouse lives, rents or owns property in the municipality; and,
  • You are not otherwise prohibited from voting.

Contact the Clerk's Office if you require any additional information.

Public Notices

Visit our Public Notices page for an up to date list of Town public notices and  public information centres.