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Notice- Grow Your Business Workshop Series

In partnership with the South Georgian Bay Small Businesses Enterprise Centre (SBEC), the Town of The Blue Mountains is excited to announce the launch of five new workshops to help support and strengthen small businesses within the community.

Workshops include:

  • Bookkeeping Essentials- February 28
  • Social Media for Small Business- March
  • Human Resources for Small Business- April
  • Managing Online Reviews – May
  • Business Model Canvas – June

The goal of the workshops is to provide tools and strategies to help strengthen local businesses while also creating networking opportunities for entrepreneurs. Each workshop will be led by the SBEC and delivered by local professionals within the field.

“Small businesses play an extremely important role within the Town of The Blue Mountains economy,” explained Chair of the Town’s Economic Development Advisory Committee, Councillor Peter Bordignon. “The workshops were selected based upon feedback and requests directly from the small business community. The goal is for businesses to learn from each other and to take away actionable lessons that can be implemented to strengthen their business.”

To learn more and to register for a session, please visit: http://enterprisecentre.ca/calendar/ or https://www.thebluemountains.ca/grow-your-business.cfm

For more information, please contact: 

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

The Town of The Blue Mountains would like to provide residents with a further update regarding the status of Mayor Alar Soever.

With the assistance of his family, Mayor Soever is now resting and recovering at home from a successful bypass surgery.

 “I am progressing well, but limiting my activities in order to focus on my recovery. I appreciate the well wishes received to date; however I am limiting visitors to family for now. ”,  stated Mayor Soever. “I am very pleased with how well Council has worked together with staff and moved things forward in my absence. I have notified the Town Clerk of my request for a three-month leave to fully recover, but expect that time may be shortened. I  look forward to resuming my duties as Mayor.”

Pending his return, and only in the event of Deputy Mayor Rob Potter’s absence, Mayor Soever has designated Councillor Peter Bordignon as the Acting Head of Council.

For more information, please contact: 

Shawn Everitt
CAO
(519) 599-3131

The Blue Mountains Attainable Housing Corporation (BMAHC) is pleased to announce the hiring of Sharon McCormick in the role of Executive Director. As Executive Director, Sharon will oversee management responsibilities of the BMAHC while providing strategic leadership to support the creation of attainable housing opportunities in The Blue Mountains.

Rob Sampson Chairperson of the BMAHC states, “We are excited for the future of Attainable Housing in the Town of the Blue Mountains. Sharon is a welcome addition to our team and has a proven ability to effectively engage and partner with community associations and government to support the development of attainable housing. The action of hiring an Executive Director firmly shows that Town Council and the BMAHC are committed to developing attainable housing for the “missing middle” in our community.”

Sharon brings to the role a wealth of experience in attainable housing from her previous work. Sharon was the inaugural Executive Director for Attainable Homes Calgary, a non-profit corporation with a mission to free up rental housing by generating homeownership for middle income earning households as part of Calgary’s 10 Year Plan to End Homelessness.  As Executive Director, Sharon built the organization from the ground up, leading and mentoring a high-performance team that was successful in forming partnerships with private industry to generate a pipeline of 1000 housing units.

In speaking with Chairperson Rob Sampson, Sharon stated, “I am thrilled to lead this organization at this pivotal time to provide affordable, secure and safe housing for the much-needed workforce locked out of the housing market in the Town of The Blue Mountains. I am most looking forward to creating strong partnerships with all levels of government, the building and development industry and community builders to find housing solutions that will address the challenges faced by the local workforce and business community and ultimately, fabricate a vibrant and inclusive community for all who live and work here.”

Sharon will join the Blue Mountains Attainable Housing Corporation as the Executive Director on March 2nd, 2020.

For more information, please contact: 

Rob Sampson
Chair of The Blue Mountains Attainable Housing Corporation
(519) 599-3131 ext. 408

The Town of The Blue Mountains would like to provide residents with an update regarding the status of Mayor Soever and the appointment of an acting head of Council in the Mayor’s absence.

“Earlier this week, the Town received notice from Mayor Soever’s family that his surgery was a success and that he is recovering and resting comfortably” explained, Chief Administrative Officer Shawn Everitt. “Town Council and staff wish Mayor Soever a speedy and successful recovery. We all look forward to having the Mayor back at the Council table in the future.”

Mayor Soever’s family will provide further updates on his recovery in due course.

At the Monday, January 27th, 2020 Council meeting, members of Council considered options to fill the vacant Deputy Mayor position. After discussion, Council approved the appointment of current Councillor Rob Potter to serve as the Town of The Blue Mountains Deputy Mayor for the remainder of the 2018 – 2022 term of Council. In addition, Council approved the scheduling of a special meeting of Council for Thursday, January 30th, 2020 at 8:45am for the official purposes of swearing-in Councillor Potter as the new Deputy Mayor.

The appointment of Councillor Potter to the role of Deputy Mayor created an additional Council member vacancy. Staff will be providing a report to Council at a future meeting regarding options to fill the vacant Councillor position.

For more information, please contact: 

Shawn Everitt
CAO
(519) 599-3131

The Town of The Blue Mountains would like to advise the public regarding a change to the crossing guard schedule at the Beaver Valley Community School.

Effective Monday, February 10, 2020 crossing guard service will not be offered during the morning nutritional break from 10:55am to 11:35am and during the afternoon nutritional break from 1:15pm to 1:55pm. The morning and afternoon crossing guard service will not be affected and/or impacted.

Notice of the change will be provided by the Beaver Valley Community School and sent home with all students.

For more information, please contact: 

Jim McCannell
Manager of Roads and Drainage 
(519) 599-3131

The Town of The Blue Mountains wishes to inform residents that Mayor Alar Soever is resting and recovering after suffering a mild heart attack this weekend.

Mayor Soever self-admitted to the hospital on Saturday over concerns for his health. He is currently resting comfortably in the Meaford Hospital, while a course of treatment is decided on.

The Town would also like to advise residents that options to fill the vacant Deputy Mayor position will be considered next Tuesday, January 28th, 2020 at the Committee of the Whole meeting.

Further updates, if necessary, will be provided when available.

For more information, please contact: 

Shawn Everitt
CAO
(519) 599-3131

The Town of The Blue Mountains would like to ask all residents and business owners to be mindful of not blocking or obstructing fire hydrants when clearing snow.

For your safety and the safety of your neighbours, it is important to keep hydrants clear and unobstructed so that they can be used by The Blue Mountains’ Fire Department in case of an emergency. If there is a fire hydrant in front of or adjacent to your property, please ensure the hydrant is clearly visible and unobstructed. Please help yourself, your neighbours, and your municipality, by ensuring it is kept free and clear of snow at all times. We appreciate your assistance.
 
For more information please contact:
Town of The Blue Mountains
Operations Department
Phone: 519-599-3131 x 276

The Town of The Blue Mountains has launched a survey to gain feedback and ideas from local business leaders and residents regarding the creation of a new five-year Economic Development Strategy.

To gain feedback, two surveys have been developed:

  1. Business Community Survey that seeks input from local businesses; and
  2. General Public & Resident Survey that seeks input from residents in the community.

Both surveys are available until February 19th, 2020 and can be accessed online by visiting: https://yourview.thebluemountains.ca/economic-development-2020. Paper copies of the survey are available at Town Hall and at the Blue Mountains Public Library.

“The creation of an Economic Development Strategy is important to ensure that our community grows in an economically viable and sustainable manner.” explained Chair of the Economic Development Advisory Committee, Councillor Peter Bordignon. “Feedback and input from residents and local businesses is extremely important as it will help to ensure that the economic vision is aligned with community interests”.

The results from this survey will be reviewed and analyzed by the Economic Development Advisory Committee and Town staff. The outcomes will be used to develop action items and specific tactics within the strategy. The strategy is being developed in partnership with the Economic Development Advisory Committee and the Ontario Ministry of Agricultural Food and Rural Affairs. This strategy is expected to be published by Summer 2020.

For more information, please contact: 

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

On January 6th Deputy Mayor Odette Bartnicki notified the Clerk and Council of her decision to resign.  The Deputy Mayor stated: “It has been a great honour to serve the Town of The Blue Mountains as Deputy Mayor.  I am proud to have worked with many members of the public to achieve collective goals and I know that together we have made a positive difference in many ways.  I have also been privileged to work with excellent staff at both Town and County levels, as well as elected officials from Grey County and across the province.  I am especially thankful to those who have supported me and my family through the past few months.  This unwavering kindness is deeply appreciated and will never be forgotten.”

Deputy Mayor Bartnicki and her family request that members of the public and media respect their personal privacy at this time.  An information meeting or media release will be provided by Ms. Bartnicki and family as soon as possible.

“On behalf of Council, I would like to thank Odette for her service and wish her all the best in the future”, stated Mayor Alar Soever. “Council will be deciding over the next few weeks on how we fill the position of Deputy Mayor.”

For more information, please contact: 

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

The Town of The Blue Mountains would like to provide a public response to concerns about taste, odour and high chlorine levels within the Town’s drinking water system.

The Town operates its water system in accordance with the Safe Drinking Water Act, 2002 and all applicable Ontario Regulations. As a result, there is no concern related to chlorine levels within the Town of The Blue Mountains drinking water system. Drinking water within the municipal water system is safe and is actively monitored and tested by the Town’s licensed Water Operators to ensure that the high-quality standard for our drinking water adheres to all Provincial Regulations as legally enforced by the Province of Ontario.

Test results from the municipal drinking water system can be viewed at the Town Hall, Operations Department located at 32 Mill Street, Thornbury ON during regular business hours.

The Town’s Water Operators have been flushing watermains throughout the summer and fall months. If you’re a resident returning to a seasonal property, you may wish to flush your internal plumbing to rid of any standing water in your plumbing system. Please review the Water - Frequently Asked Questions document for more water specific questions and answers.

For more information please contact:
Town of The Blue Mountains, Water and Wastewater Service
Phone: 519-599-3131 ext. 321

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