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Town of The Blue Mountains is recognized as a Youth Friendly Community from Play Works

Town of The Blue Mountains Designated as a Silver Youth Friendly Community

The Town of The Blue Mountains is thrilled with its latest achievement of being recognized as a Youth Friendly Community from Play Works.  The Blue Mountains is now a Designated Silver Youth Friendly Community, joining a list of other municipalities committed to serving youth aged 13 to 19.

Play Works, an independent group of organizations committed to encouraging and promoting a greater investment in youth play, established the Youth Friendly Community Recognition Program in 2005. It acknowledges the great work that is being done in communities across Ontario to ensure that youth (ages 13-19) have continuous access to opportunities for leadership and engagement ranging from arts to recreation to civic leadership.

The Youth Friendly Community Recognition Program of Play Works acknowledges communities that have invested in opportunities for youth in recreation, sports, arts, drama, volunteerism and leadership development. Youth Friendly Communities must meet several criteria that demonstrate a strong commitment to engaging youth between the ages of 13 to 19.

A group made up of representatives from local organizations, including Town of The Blue Mountains, Blue Mountains Public Library, and Beaver Valley Outreach, met monthly and worked on the application process.  Thanks to the support of community youth and other local, youth-serving organizations who contributed, the application was successful and helped to achieve the Silver Designation.

The Town was officially presented with the award at the Youth Friendly Community recognition reception, ceremony, and gala banquet at Blue Mountain Resort on March 28th.  Accepting the award was TBM Councillor Andrea Matrosovs, Liz Saunders TBM Community Services, Emma Barker Blue Mountains Public Library, local youth Jaydon Klein, Emma Chapman, Arianna Lachey, and Emily Stewart, Melri Wright BVO, Jason Weppler Grey Bruce Health, and Ryan Gibbons TBM Community Services.

To learn more about Play Works and Youth Friendly Communities, visit  http://www.playworkspartnership.ca/youth-friendly-communities

For more information contact:

Emma Barker, Manager of Public Services
The Blue Mountains Public Library
519-599-3681
Email Library Staff

The Blue Mountains Attainable Housing Corporation aims to provide more affordable rental, entry-level ownership, and seniors residence opportunities to support local workers, families, and seniors as they live, work, and play in the Town of The Blue Mountains.

The Blue Mountains Attainable Housing Corporation (BMAHC) is taking the next steps to create more attainable housing in the Town of The Blue Mountains. Since its creation in 2014, BMAHC has created two programs, a down payment assistance program and a grants program for secondary suites. BMAHC is now taking action to expand its reach to help develop attainable housing stock in the municipality.

BMAHC will look to the successful Whistler Housing Authority example and use various models for the creation of new permanent, attainable housing for working households and seniors. BMAHC will help build a sustainable community in the Town by focusing on year-round and seasonal rental markets, as well as entry-level home ownership to support the needs of families, seniors, and local workers.

“This is an exciting action plan for BMAHC that will get new attainable housing stock built and will lay the foundation for additional attainable rental and ownership stock in our community,” said BMAHC Chair Rob Sampson.

A recent survey funded by the Government of Ontario titled, “Creating Attainable Housing in South Georgian Bay”, found that housing is becoming increasingly out of reach for the local workforce. 60% of respondents indicated they would live in the area permanently if housing were affordable. Local workers, families, and seniors want to live in the area, but are unable to do so due to housing prices.
BMAHC is taking steps to solve these challenges. Through a competitive procurement process, BMAHC has selected StrategyCorp, an Ontario-based strategy firm, to support the corporation in building the in- house capacity to develop more attainable housing and to lead a procurement process for housing developments.

BMAHC will be engaging the public and council as they go through this process to ensure that its plans and developments are guided by local input.

“Council is supportive of the work being undertaken by the Attainable Housing Corporation. Council will work closely with the Housing Corporation’s Board to engage the public in addressing housing needs in our community,” Mayor Alar Soever noted.

Public engagement opportunities will be posted to the Attainable Housing Corporation’s website (http://thebluemountainshousing.ca/) and advertised within the local media.

About The Blue Mountains Attainable Housing Corporation
The Blue Mountains Attainable Housing Corporation was established as a not-for-profit in January 2014 to augment the supply of healthy and sustainable ownership housing units that are affordable to a larger portion of the population. Its goal is to support the creation of more affordable housing opportunities for those living in the vibrant, diverse community of The Blue Mountains.

About StrategyCorp
StrategyCorp’s multi-disciplinary team of strategists provides advisory services to private, public, broader public sector, and non-profit clients in complex political, financial, regulatory, and public process environments. What sets StrategyCorp apart from other consultancies is its ability to help clients create conditions for success through the integration of business analytical capabilities with a deep understanding of external public affairs and communications environments.

For more information, contact The Attainable Housing Corporation.

Media Release

The Town of The Blue Mountains would like to advise residents and business owners that the spring road cleanup is scheduled to start within the coming weeks, depending upon weather conditions.

As daily temperatures being to climb, crews will start to pick up winter sand, clean catch basins, repair road and boulevard damage, fix signs and complete a variety of other spring maintenance tasks.

Please be patient with the cleanup process as the Town has over 500 kilometers of roadsides to maintain. As a result, cleanup efforts will be ongoing until mid-May. Please keep in mind that some activities such as street sweeping are weather dependent. Thank you for your patience and cooperation.

For more information, please contact:

Infrastructure & Public Works
(519) 599-3131 ext. 276

The Town of The Blue Mountains will be receiving a one-time payment of $642,347 from the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing in the 2018-2019 fiscal year.

In a letter to Mayor Soever, Steve Clark, Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing explained that “While this investment is unconditional, it is intended to help modernize service delivery and reduce future costs through investments in projects such as: service delivery reviews, development of shared services agreements, and capital investments.”

The allocation amount was based on a formula that took into consideration the number of households within the Town of The Blue Mountains and whether the municipality is urban or rural.

 “This is timely in light of the Province of Ontario’s decision to review the governance, decision-making, and service delivery functions of eight regional municipalities including Simcoe County,” explained Mayor Alar Soever. “Although we are located in Grey County, the Town and its citizens have a number of existing linkages such as health care, policing and transportation with Simcoe County and in particular the Town of Collingwood. This funding will be of great assistance for the Town as we work with Strategy Corp to identify, review and consider new service delivery models which can build on these ties and increase the efficiency and value of services to local residents.”

For more information, please contact:

Mayor Alar Soever
(519) 599-3131 ext. 400

Tim Hendry
Communications & Economic Development Coordinator
(519) 599-3131 ext. 282

As required by the Ontario Public Sector Salary Disclosure Act, The Town of The Blue Mountains has submitted salary information for employees earning over $100,000 to the Ministry of Finance. For the 2018 calendar year, The Town of The Blue Mountains submitted salary information for ten employees.

“To be open and transparent, we are releasing the 2018 Public Salary Disclosure Information for the Town of The Blue Mountains ahead of the scheduled Provincial release,” explained Mayor Alar Soever. “The Town pays competitive salaries for a municipality of its size. As discussed during the 2019 budget process, the Town will be reviewing its salary structure with a focus on aligning salaries with performance.”

To view the salary information, please refer to the attached document, or click the following link: 2018 Public Salary Disclosure

For more information, please contact:

Mayor Alar Soever
(519) 599-3131 ext. 321

Tim Hendry
Communications & Economic Development Coordinator
(519) 599-3131 ext. 282

https://www.thebluemountains.ca/document_viewer.cfm?doc=783

This Friday, March 8th, 2019 is International Women’s Day. The Town of The Blue Mountains is proud to support International Women’s Day and to celebrate the achievements of women within the South Georgian Bay region and throughout the world.

This year’s theme is #BalanceforBetter, which represents that a gender-balanced world is a better world. As an equal opportunity employer, this theme holds true for the Town of The Blue Mountains. In total, the Town employs 41 full-time female staff of which 20 of those individuals work directly in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM).

Local Women’s Day Event

To celebrate local businesswomen for International Women’s Day, a community event is being held at the Marsh Street Centre from 8:30am – 11:00am. Hear passionate and personal business leadership stories from four distinguished local business women!

Speakers Include:

The event is organized and sponsored by Stransky & Associates - IG Private Wealth Management. For event information and tickets, please visit: www.eventbrite.ca/e/women-worth-wellness-for-international-womens-day-tickets-55529256501

About International Women’s Day.: International Women's Day (March 8) is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. The day also marks a call to action for accelerating gender parity.

To learn more about International Women’s Day, please visit: www.internationalwomensday.com

For more information or for media inquiries, please contact:

Tim Hendry
Communications & Economic Development Coordinator
(519) 599-3131 ext. 282

Please be advised that half load restrictions are now in effect for a variety of roads within the Town of The Blue Mountains, pursuant to By-Law No. 2010-54. Where Axle Weight Restrictions signs are in place, the By-Law is in full force and effect.

Half load restrictions may be extended beyond May 31, 2019 dependent upon the weather and road conditions.

To view a detailed map of the roads with reduced load restrictions, please visit: https://www.thebluemountains.ca/document_viewer.cfm?doc=756

Axle Weight Exemption Application Form
To request a copy of the Axle Weight Exemption Application Form please contact the Infrastructure and Public Works Department using the contact information below. 

For more information, please contact:

Infrastructure & Public Works
(519) 599-3131 ext. 276

Tim Hendry
Communications & Economic Development Coordinator
(519) 599-3131 ext. 282

The Town of The Blue Mountains would like to advise the public a small leak has been detected at the Victoria Street Water Tower in Thornbury.

The Town Water Department is actively monitoring the situation and will be conducting the necessary repairs. There are no structural concerns regarding the integrity of the water tower. The leak is a minor issue and as a result, there is no immediate safety or environmental concern.

Further updates will be posted to the Town website if deemed necessary.

For more information, please contact:

Water Supervisor
(519) 599-3131 ext. 321

Tim Hendry
Communications & Economic Development Coordinator
(519) 599-3131 ext. 282

The Town of The Blue Mountains would like to advise the public that a creek realignment and enhancement project is currently underway at the Peel Street and Highway 26 intersection.

The Town has confirmed that the landowner has obtained appropriate permits and approvals for the creek realignment and enhancement project from both the Department of Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO) and the Grey Sauble Conservation Authority (GSCA).

For more information, please contact:

Manager of Development Engineering
(519) 599-3131 ext. 276

Tim Hendry
Communications & Economic Development Coordinator
(519) 599-3131 ext. 282

The 2018/2019 winter season has experienced a number of rain events and with the increasing frequency of mixed winter weather, the Town would like to remind residents and visitors to drive according to the road conditions and to be mindful of changing weather conditions. Special attention should be given when travelling on gravel roads as they may be ice covered which results in reduced traction.

To help remove ice from gravel roads, the Town dispatches heavy equipment graders to ‘ice-blade’ the affected gravel roads. The ice-blade carves a grooved pattern onto the road or snow-covered surface which provides significantly better tire traction. However, since the ice is generally caused by rain, the Town typically waits until the rain has finished before ice-blading occurs; otherwise, no progress would be made as the gravel roads would refreeze once the grader has passed.

In addition to ice-blading, the Town spot sands on hills, curves and intersections where required based on the local conditions. However, ice-blading is generally required before the sanding trucks can operate. The sand mixture contains 7% salt which may be applied to both gravel and paved roads. Using straight salt is not recommended as the salt only temporarily thaws the road which creates potholes and leads to further problems.

The Town operates according to the Town’s Winter Maintenance Policy, which is available on the Town website. The Town’s Public Works Department operates on a single shift with operators assigned to a specific route as directed by the Town’s Winter Maintenance Standards and Level of Service Policy.

For more information or to view the policies, please visit: www.thebluemountains.ca/roads-drainage.cfm

The Town of The Blue Mountains is pleased to confirm that an agreement has been reached between the respective parties to lower the water level in the Beaver River. The process of lowering the water level has been started.

In addition, Town crews are currently using a long reach excavator to remove frazil ice from the river in an effort to promote water flow. Staff will continue to work and actively monitor the situation.

Residents are strongly encouraged to keep off the ice and stay away from the banks of the Mill Pond and the Beaver River. As a result of the formation of frazil ice, it is difficult to identify stable ground from ice coverage.

The Town would also like to request that residents keep away from the excavator while it is in operation as the area around the excavator is an active worksite.

Further updates will be posted to the Town website when available.

Infrastructure & Public Works Department
(519) 599-3131 ext. 276

Tim Hendry
Communications & Economic Development Coordinator
(519) 599-3131 ext. 282

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