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COVID-19 Update

Posted On: Monday, March 16, 2020

A dedicated webpage regarding COVID-19 has been created for the Town of The Blue Mountains. To view the webpage, please visit: www.thebluemountains.ca/covid-19.cfm

The video message linked below was provided by Mayor Alar Soever as an update related to COVID-19.

Direct video link: https://youtu.be/0zs511Tcj_o

The Town of The Blue Mountains is pleased to announce the appointment of Inspector Loris Licharson as the new Ontario Provincial Police Detachment Commander for the Collingwood and The Town of The Blue Mountains Detachment.

“On behalf of Council, staff and the community, I would like to welcome Inspector Licharson as the new Detachment Commander for The Town of The Blue Mountains,” explained Mayor Alar Soever. “The Town looks forward to continued collaboration and strong coordination with the Ontario Provincial Police.”

Inspector Licharson brings many years of experience and service with him to his new role.

Since starting his career with the OPP in 1999, Licharson has fulfilled many leadership roles, including as a shift Sergeant and Operations Manager the Sioux Lookout Detachment and the Huronia West Detachment. He then went on to work as the Executive Officer to the Deputy Commissioner, Director of Community Initiatives, and Acting Bureau Commander at the Indigenous Policing Bureau.

“I am very pleased to have Inspector Licharson chosen by the selection committee to lead our OPP detachment into the future,” expressed Jim Oliver, Chair of The Blue Mountains Police Services Board. “He has shown his leadership skills and enthusiasm for policing and community safety in his short time as our Interim Detachment Commander, as well as his willingness to work with our Board. We welcome him to The Town of the Blue Mountains.”

For more information, please contact:

Mayor
(519) 599-3131 ext. 400

Trail Sections and Thornbury Harbour

Please be advised of the following closures:

  • Immediately: Beaver River Trail in Clarksburg is current closed due to high water levels
  • September 29 and 30: Georgian Trail closure (from Georgian Peaks to Hidden Lake Road) for trail resurfacing
  • October 15 and 17: Thornbury Harbour will be closed to perform haul out operations

October 1, 2021 at 1:00 p.m.

The Grants and Donations Committee Agenda Package for October 1, 2021 is now available.

Agenda Package

Full meeting details are available on the Agendas, Minutes, Reports webpage.

NOTE: Committee meetings are taking place virtually to assist with social distancing with respect to COVID-19. Comments received from the public that have not been included on the Agenda will be read at the meeting by the Executive Assistant. The meeting will be recorded and an archived recording will be posted to the Town's website. The meeting will not be livestreamed.

To provide comments, please contact:

Administrative Assistant

32 Mill Street, PO Box 310

Thornbury, ON N0H 2P0

Thursday, September 30, 2021 at 10:00 a.m.

A Special Transportation Committee meeting has been scheduled for Thursday, September 30, 2021 at 10:00 a.m.

Agenda Package

NOTE: Committee meetings are taking place virtually to assist with social distancing with respect to COVID-19. Comments received from the public that have not been included on the Agenda will be read at the meeting by the Executive Assistant. The meeting will be recorded and an archived recording will be posted to the Town's website. The meeting will not be livestreamed.

To provide comments, please contact:

Executive Assistant

32 Mill Street, PO Box 310

Thornbury, ON N0H 2P0

The Town of The Blue Mountains would like to invite residents of all ages to participate in user testing sessions to help develop the new Town website. Scheduled to launch this fall, the user testing sessions will provide valuable insight to ensure that the website meets the needs of residents.

The one-on-one user testing sessions will be conducted in person at Town Hall on Saturday, October 2 and Sunday, October 3, from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm. Each session will take approximately 30 minutes. Registration is limited to a maximum of 25 participants.

If you are interested in participating, please call (519) 599-3131 ext. 295 or email the Communications Division using the contact information below.

During the user testing sessions, residents will be asked to complete a series of short tasks to test the ease of navigation and content searchability to ensure that the new website offers a streamlined and user-friendly experience.

“As the primary communication tool used by both residents and visitors, it’s important that the Town website delivers a positive user experience,” explained Mayor Alar Soever. “The user testing sessions will help ensure that the website is an effective tool to share Town news and information”.

To learn more about the website redevelopment project, please visit: https://yourview.thebluemountains.ca/website

For more information, please contact: 

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

The following notice is being shared by the Town on behalf of the Tree Trust TBM

Tree Trust TBM will be completing life-extending professional tree care for a special legacy tree, with an estimated age of greater than 100 years, on Thursday, September 23, 2021.

Thanks to the generous community donations and the support of Thornbury-Clarksburg Rotary, this will be the third tree we will care for this year, and our fifth tree since launching Tree Trust TBM last summer.  

The location of the tree is not suited to holding a large gathering as we have done in the past, but you are welcome to stroll or cycle by to watch the Arboreal Tree Care team perform their aerial feats of tree care. The tree is located on The Georgian Trail, east of Wards Road. Work will commence at approximately 9 am. 

Tree Trust TBM is a charitable organization that collects and applies donated funds to maintain and extend the lives of significant legacy trees in our community. 

The Town of The Blue Mountains would like to provide residents with an update regarding the status of construction for the Thornbury Pier Resurfacing Project.

The contractor has completed pouring concrete to complete the pier surface, and has moved on to installing new ladders and curbs. These features, along with final site clean up, are scheduled to occur over the next two weeks.

“We’re excited to see the final phase of this project begin, and looking forward to welcoming our local community and visitors back to the pier,” stated Director of Community Services, Ryan Gibbons. “I would again like to thank all residents for their patience and understanding throughout this project.”

To learn more about the Thornbury Pier Resurfacing Project and to view project updates, please visit: https://www.thebluemountains.ca/thornbury-pier.cfm

For more information please contact:

Ryan Gibbons
Director of Community Services
519-599-3131 ext. 281

The Town of The Blue Mountains invites community organizations to apply for the Town’s Environmental Sustainability Fund. 

This fund has an allocation of $5,000 that will be split between the successful applications which demonstrate a clear goal of advancing environmental sustainability within the Town.

This year’s fund looks to build on previous successful recipients including a local native tree nursery with Tree Trust TBM in 2021, as well as the Thornbury Community Gardens and Beaver River Watershed Initiative projects in 2020. These projects exemplify how the Town and community organizations can work alongside one another and foster social vibrancy and environmental sustainability.

Interested community organizations wishing to apply must submit their application no later than November 5, 2021, at 11:59 p.m. ET. To learn more about the Town’s Environmental Sustainability Fund and to apply, please visit: www.thebluemountains.ca/environmental-sustainability-fund.cfm  

For more information, please contact:

Nicholas Cloet
Sustainability Coordinator
519-599-3131 ext. 235

The Town of The Blue Mountains would like to invite local vendors to be a part of a new tradition during The Blue Mountains Grants & Donations Committee Oktoberfest event happening on Saturday, September 25, 2021 at the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 281 in Clarksburg.

In the spirit of Bavarian festivals, local food, beverage, art and craft vendors from the Town are invited to set up a table from 12:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. during the event. If you are interested in becoming a vendor at this year’s event and would like an application form, please email Councillor Andrea Matrosovs using the contact information provided below.

As a pilot project for 2021, a donation to the Town’s Community Grants & Donations fund is welcomed in lieu of a vendor table fee.

Please note, the number of accepted applications will depend on available table space under tents, with priority to vendors who live or operate in the Town of the Blue Mountains. Accepted vendors will be asked for a firm confirmation in advance in order to offer available spaces to those on the waitlist.

For more information, please contact:

Andrea Matrosovs
Councillor and Grants & Donations Committee Oktoberfest Venue Coordinator
519-599-3131 ext. 406

The video message linked below was provided by Mayor Alar Soever as an update related to COVID-19.

Direct video link: https://youtu.be/Cxmp423eCj8

1 public member being sought

The Town of The Blue Mountains are seeking applications, in the form of letters of interest, from members of the public for appointment to the Community Communications Advisory Committee. The committee appointment runs concurrent with the term of Council, being 2018 - 2022:

      Community Communications Advisory Committee:
7 member Committee, 6 Committee members have been appointed.
1 public member being sought

 

Applicants are encouraged to include background information and any special qualifications or interest related to the Committee.  Additional information regarding the Community Communications Advisory Committee can be found in the Terms of Reference documents available on the Town’s website:

Community Communications Advisory Committee Terms of Reference

All Applications should be submitted no later than Friday, October 1, 2021 1:00 pm to:

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

 

Personal information provided by the applicant is collected under the authority of the Municipal Act, 2001 and will be used for the purpose of candidate selection.  The Town of The Blue Mountains is an equal opportunity organization.  Accommodation will be provided in accordance with the Ontario Human Rights Code.

The Town of The Blue Mountains would like to advise residents that Hydro One will be completing preventative maintenance work this fall to clear hydro lines of tree branches and brush throughout the Town. The purpose of the work is to minimize the risk of power outages and address potential public safety hazards through preventative maintenance.

Maintenance work will include the removal of non-compatible brush, the pruning of tree branches, and the removal of trees that pose a risk to damaging hydro services.

All properties that will be directly impacted by this service will receive a Notification of Upcoming Work from Hydro One.

For more information, residents are encouraged to contact Hydro One using the information below or to visit: https://www.hydroone.com/about/corporate-information/vegetation-management

For more information, please contact:

The Town of The Blue Mountains
Operations Department
(519) 599-3131 x 276

Hydro One Networks Inc. 
Forestry Services
(705) 733-6752

The video message linked below was provided by Mayor Alar Soever as an update related to COVID-19.

Direct video link: https://youtu.be/g3B71708IlQ

The Town of The Blue Mountains would like to advise the public that the deadline to submit artwork and to participate in the Community Mural Project has been extended until Thursday, September 30, 2021.

To participate and secure your tile, please visit: https://www.muralmosaic.com/bluemountains/

The Community Mural Project is a collaborative initiative between Events for Life Centres Inc. and The Town of The Blue Mountains that aims to bring the community together and celebrate the resiliency of The Blue mountains during challenging times.

“All of our participants have created their tiles and are so proud of their work. This is a wonderful initiative to connect our community members,” explains Barb Weeden, Executive Director of Events for Life Inc. “We are so grateful to the Town of the Blue Mountains for partnering with us.”

All residents are welcome to participate in this project and will have the opportunity to paint a unique design on either a blue or green tile that will be combined by the Mural Mosaic group to create the final 8 foot wide by 8 foot tall mural. The finished piece will feature the artwork of approximately 400 members of the community.

Once your participation is confirmed, design your tile on any small square canvas, cardstock, or paper. Once your artwork is complete, you will be asked to submit a photo of your creation digitally to be added to the final mural.

The finished community mural will be revealed in October and will be displayed in a Town facility.

For more information on the Community Mural project, please visit: https://www.muralmosaic.com/bluemountains/

For more information, please contact:

Shawn Everitt
Chief Administrative Officer
519-599-3131 ext. 234

The video message linked below was provided by Mayor Alar Soever as an update related to COVID-19.

Direct video link: https://youtu.be/F_InOIfvq3M

Posted on behalf of the Beaver Valley Outreach

BVO is Hiring!

Looking for a rewarding job in Thornbury? BVO offers a great environment in which to meet new people, have fun, and help make a difference in our community.

Treasure Shop Bin Assistant (1-year contract) Responsible for the physical disbursement of donations to the Treasure Shop under the supervision of the Treasure Shop manager. 15 hours per week.

Preschool Supply Staff Hired on an as-needed basis.

Help us continue “making good things happen in our community”.

For more information, please contact

Catherine Sholtz
519-599-2577, ext 122

The Town of The Blue Mountains would like to advise the public that a contractor will be completing CCTV inspections and condition assessments of Sanitary and Storm Sewers throughout the Town starting June 14, 2021 and continuing until October 31, 2021.

Residents are advised that there may be temporary lane restrictions while the work is being completed. No significant impact to traffic is anticipated. Due to the high pressure used in the inspections, residents may experience bubbling or noise in fixtures located on lower levels.

The CCTV inspections and condition assessments project is used to identify any defects or issues within the Sanitary and Storm Sewer system. Data collected is used for asset management and capital project planning.

For more information, please contact:

Mike Humphries
Senior Infrastructure Capital Project Coordinator
(519) 599-3131 ext. 277
mhumphries@thebluemountains.ca

Disposition of Land - Unopened Wellington Street North Road Allowance

Be advised that on April 20, 2021, Council considered Staff Report No. PDS.21.019, entitled "Municipal Land Exchange for 150 and 160 King Street East".  Council has resolved in part to undertake the following:

1.  That Council deems a portion of the unopened Wellington Street North Right-of-Way as surplus to the needs of the  Corporation; and

2.  That Council direct staff to proceed with all necessary processes required to consider disposal of a portion of the unopened Wellington Street North Right-of-Way in accordance with the Town’s Sale and Disposal of Land Policy (POL.COR.07.02).

The Town is providing the public this Notice of Disposition of Land regarding a portion of the unopened Wellington Street North Right-of-Way as set out on the illustration provided below.  This portion of unopened Right-of-Way is located off Highway 26 (King Street East) and is situated between two (2) vacant lots municipally known as 150 King Street East and 160 King Street East. 

Wellington Street ROW

Questions? Want more information? Ask a Staff Member!

Trevor Houghton, Manager of Community Planning

519-599-3131 ext. 308

thoughton@thebluemountains.ca

 

The Town of The Blue Mountains would like to advise the public that a contractor will be making improvements to the water distribution network including watermain and roadworks construction in the following areas:

  • Craigmore Crescent at County Road 19
  • Tyrolean Lane at Craigmore Crescent
  • Craigmore Crescent at Settlers Way
  • Birch View Trail at Arlberg Crescent

Date: June 7 to October 29, 2021

Time: 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. weekdays

Traffic will be restricted to Local Traffic and Emergency Services only.

For more information please contact:
 
Operations Department
Phone: 519-599-3131 x 277

The Town of The Blue Mountains would like to advise residents who are supplied with Municipal Water that the annual flushing of fire hydrants and watermains is currently underway.

This is a routine maintenance procedure carried out in the Spring and Fall to ensure proper fire hydrant operation and water quality throughout the water distribution system. Lower water pressure due to hydrant flushing may be experienced in some areas. 

Minor water discolouration may occur periodically and can be rectified by letting faucets run until clear.

For more information please contact:
Operations Department
Water and Wastewater Inquiries  
(519) 599-3131 ext. 284

Public Notices

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