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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

Notice Regrading Open Air Burning Restrictions

Please be aware that the Town of The Blue Mountains is not part of the Northern Ontario Fire Restriction; however, the Fire Department is requesting that all residents refrain from burning outdoors including campfires until the declared State of Emergency has been lifted.

As front-line emergency staff, the Fire Department resources are extremely important to ensure the health and safety of the community. It is important to ensure that resources can be effectively deployed to where they are needed rather than to a outdoor fire that is preventable.

The Restricted Fire Zone map provided by the Province is attached for reference.

If you require further information, please contact the Blue Mountains Fire Department during normal business hours at 519-599-5411.

Restricted Fire Zone Map 

Residents are reminded that garbage, recycling and organics must be curbside by 7:00 a.m. on your collection day. Additional information regarding curbside collection and solid waste information can be accessed via the Waste Resource Guide or by visiting the Town of The Blue Mountains Website.

Garbage - first bag is free, second bag must be tagged (two bag limit). Bag Tags can be purchased at Thornbury Foodland, Hindles Hardware, Home Hardware, Macs Convenience Thornbury, Circle K, Ravenna Country Market, and The Blue Mountain Convenience/Esso Station. 

Recycling – must be sorted into two separate containers and/or clear plastic bags for blue and grey items. Mixed items will not be collected.

Reducing the Spread of COVID-19 

  • All personal hygiene and sanitary products that would typically be put in the Green Bin, including used tissues, must now be disposed of in the garbage.
  • Ensure that all material placed in your garbage is bagged, specifically cleaning products such as wipes, tissues/napkins and other sanitary/hygiene products.
  • Place all used gloves, masks and other protective equipment in the garbage – they are not recyclable.

Easter Curbside Waste Collection

Friday April 10, 2020 (Good Friday) and Monday, April 13, 2020 (Easter Monday) will continue to operate as normal and on your regularly scheduled collection day.  

Waste Disposal Site (Landfill)

  • To ensure social distancing, the Town’s Waste Disposal Site will be closed to the general public until further notice.
  • The Waste Disposal Site is also closed to yard waste drop off. Residents are asked to store yard waste on their property until yard waste collection occurs or the site reopens.

Yard Waste Collection

Yard Waste Collection will take place on your regular collection day beginning May 4, 2020 through May 28, 2020. Maximum 10 containers or paper bags per residence per week.

For more information, please contact:

Town of The Blue Mountains
Operations Department
Phone: 519-599-3131 x 276

The Town of The Blue Mountains would like to remind the public that the violation of emergency orders by the Province of Ontario are enforceable and that the penalties can be severe.

Provincial offences officers and municipal law enforcement officers are now authorized to enforce all emergency orders made under the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act (EMCPA).

Any residents who are aware of a violation of any Emergency Orders should contact the Ontario Provincial Police Communication Centre by calling 1-888-310-1122.

Provincial orders include:

  • Closure of public places and establishments
  • Closure of non-essential workplaces
  • Prohibiting unfair pricing on necessary goods
  • Prohibiting events and gatherings of more than five people
  • Closure of all communal or shared, public or private, outdoor recreational amenities everywhere in Ontario, including but not limited to playgrounds, sports fields, basketball and tennis courts, off-leash dog parks, beaches, skateboard and BMX parks, picnic areas, outdoor community gardens, park shelters, outdoor exercise equipment, condo parks and gardens, and other outdoor recreational amenities.

For details on the provincial orders, please visit: https://news.ontario.ca/opo/en/2020/03/ontario-extends-emergency-declaration-to-stop-the-spread-of-covid-19.html

“We have a truly exceptional community, which has come together like never before in fighting the COVID-19 pandemic. People are volunteering with food delivery, sanitizing shopping carts at Foodland and respecting their request to limit the number of shoppers to one per family. Most people are also observing the social distancing and other advice and orders issued by the Provincial and Federal Governments,” explained Mayor Alar Soever. “Unfortunately, a few have decided to ignore these orders. This is reckless and irresponsible behaviour, which puts the safety of our entire community at risk. We all have a duty to protect our community from the spread of COVID-19.”

Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act (EMCPA)

Provincial offences officers and municipal law enforcement officers are now authorized to enforce all emergency orders made under the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act (EMCPA). It is an offence to fail to comply with an emergency order, or to obstruct any person acting pursuant to such an order.

The maximum punishment is one-year imprisonment or a fine of up to $100,000 for an individual, $500,000 for a director of a corporation, or $10,000,000 for a corporation itself (EMCPA, s. 7.0.11(1)).

The following offences are available under the EMCPA for violations of Ontario’s declaration of emergency.

(1) Fail to comply with an order made during a declared emergency, contrary to section 7.0.11(1) of the EMCPA.
(2) Obstruct any person exercising a power in accordance with an order made during a declared emergency, contrary to section 7.0.11(1) of the EMCPA.
(3) Obstruct any person performing a duty in accordance with an order made during a declared emergency, contrary to section 7.0.11(1) of the EMCPA.

There have also been several, as yet, unsubstantiated reports of residents who have recently returned from abroad being seen out in the community. This is in violation of the Emergency Order issued by the Government of Canada under the Quarantine Act on March 25, 2020 which requires any person entering Canada by air, sea or land to self-isolate for 14 days whether or not they have symptoms of COVID-19.

Any residents who are aware of a violation of any Emergency Orders should contact the Ontario Provincial Police Communication Centre by calling 1-888-310-1122.

Failure to comply with this Order is an offence under the Quarantine Act. Maximum penalties include a fine of up to $750,000 and/or imprisonment for six months. Further, a person who causes a risk of imminent death or serious bodily harm to another person while willfully or recklessly contravening this Act or the regulations could be liable for a fine of up to $1,000,000 or to imprisonment of up to three years, or to both.
For more information, please contact: 

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

Through collaboration with local business and community leaders, the Town of The Blue Mountains has formed a task force to lead the recovery efforts related to COVID-19.

Approved at the March 30, 2020, Special Meeting of Council, the task force will focus on strategic efforts and initiatives to ensure that both the Town and community are well-positioned and ready to implement relief and recovery efforts.

“The primary focus of the task force is to work collaboratively to ensure that our tourism, agriculture and small business economies come out stronger and more resilient than ever before,” explained Mayor Soever. “The task force will be considering a variety of initiatives to ensure that both business owners and residents are supported through these difficult and uncertain times.”

“As a tourism and service-oriented community, I would like to assure everyone that the Town and various community partners are laying the groundwork to ensure that our community will continue to thrive as a tourism-friendly destination once the immediate threat of COVID-19 has passed and when it is safe to do so,” stated Mayor Soever. “The Town is committed to working with all partners to ensure that appropriate measures, actions and resources are implemented as required.”

To keep up-to-date with the work of the task force, please visit: www.thebluemountains.ca/covid-19.cfm

For more information, please contact: 

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

The Town of The Blue Mountains is pleased to announce that Paula Hope has been officially confirmed and sworn in as a member of Council for the remainder of the 2018 – 2022 term of Council.

“On behalf of Council, I would like to welcome Paula to the team,” said Mayor Alar Soever. “We are looking forward to having a full complement of Councillors, and I am confident that Paula will be a great addition.”

“I am very proud and honoured to be your Councillor, serving The Town of Blue Mountains community for the remaining 2018-2022 term,” explained Paula Hope. “I would like to extend my gratitude to the many people that have helped make this possible and to those who helped me reach this landmark.”

A video recording of the confirmation and swearing-in ceremony can be viewed on the Town website under the March 30, 2020, Special Meeting of Council.

The Town of The Blue Mountains would like to advise residents that starting today, crews will be clearing selective trees on town-owned property adjacent to the Thornbury Village Cider and Brew House.

An arborist has been on site to select the necessary trees for removal and Town staff will be on-site to monitor the tree clearing work. In addition, the Thornbury Village Cider and Brew House has committed to replant 20 trees (minimum of 2.4m tall) once the work is complete.

The selective tree clearing scheduled for Monday, March 30 and Tuesday, March 31, is being completed to allow for an improved connection to the Town’s wastewater system for Thornbury Village Cider and Brew House. Tree clearing needs to occur prior to April 1, 2020, to comply with environmental legislation regarding the protection of breeding birds.

Due to restrictions related to COVID-19, public notice was not able to be provided through the traditional methods of communication. The Town would like to extend an apology for any inconvenience that the delay in communication may cause.

For more information, please contact: 

Nathan Westendorp
Director of Planning and Development Services
(519) 599-3131 ext. 246

Today, as part of the Grey Bruce Health Unit’s ongoing response to COVID-19, Medical Officer of Health (MOH) for Grey Bruce, Dr. Ian Arra is asserting the federal requirement under the Quarantine Act for all individuals returning from international travel to immediately self-isolate for fourteen days from the date of their return to Canada.

Self-isolation means that you should not leave your home or have others visit you. You should seek services over the phone or internet or ask for help from friends, family or neighbours for essential errands. 

 Dr. Arra warned individuals or groups of persons who fail to comply with the requirement, and owners/managers of multiunit-dwellings who fail to ensure compliance in their buildings/properties will be subject to an order issued by the Medical Officer of Health under Sections 13 or 22 of the Health Protection and Promotion Act.

13 (1) A medical officer of health or a public health inspector, in the circumstances mentioned in subsection (2), by a written order may require a person to take or to refrain from taking any action that is specified in the order in respect of a health hazard.  R.S.O. 1990, c. H.7, s. 13 (1).

22 (1)  A medical officer of health, in the circumstances mentioned in subsection (2), by a written order may require a person to take or to refrain from taking any action that is specified in the order in respect of a communicable disease.  R.S.O. 1990, c. H.7, s. 22 (1).

(2)  A medical officer of health may make an order under this section where he or she is of the opinion, upon reasonable and probable grounds,

            (b)        that the communicable disease presents a risk to the health of persons in the health unit served by the medical officer of health; and

(4)  An order under this section may include, but is not limited to,

            (a)        requiring the owner or occupier of premises to close the premises or a specific part of the premises;

            (c)        requiring any person that the order states has or may have a communicable disease or is or may be infected with an agent of a communicable disease to isolate himself or herself and remain in isolation from other persons;

            (h)        requiring the person to whom the order is directed to conduct himself or herself in such a manner as not to expose another person to infection.  R.S.O. 1990, c. H.7, s. 22 (4); 1997, c. 30, Sched. D, s. 3 (2).

As there is a provincial Declaration of Emergency and several municipalities in Bruce and Grey Counties, have also declared an emergency. The MOH, Dr. Arra, is strongly recommending against all non-essential travel to and from Bruce and Grey Counties.

 All of us must respect social distancing and physical isolation requirements. Community-wide efforts are at the forefront of curbing the transmission of COVID-19:

 Maintain social and physical distancing, at least two metres, or six feet away from others

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water or hand sanitizer
  • Cough or sneeze into your sleeve or elbow
  • Avoid touching your face and cleaning hands before touching eyes, nose or mouth.
  • Clean and disinfect surfaces, especially those that are high-touch areas.
  • If you are ill, stay at home and keep yourself away from others.
  • Avoid close contact with anyone showing symptoms of respiratory illness
  • Avoid all non-essential activity as recommended and declared by the province of Ontario

Dr. Arra is recommending this to protect the health and safety of all Grey Bruce residents and visitors. Every social interaction that does not take place will help in preventing the transmission of COVID-19 and in turn prevent spreading the virus to vulnerable groups, including older adults and people with pre-existing health conditions.

 If you think you may have COVID-19 symptoms or have been in close contact with someone who has it, first self-isolate and then use Ontario's Self-Assessment Tool to see if you need to seek further care. If you or someone you know is experiencing severe symptoms, call 911 immediately. If you need further assistance, call TeleHealth Ontario at 1-866-797-0000 or your health care provider.

The Town of The Blue Mountains would like to advise the public that effective immediately, all Town playground structures, athletic fields, tennis courts and the skateboard park are closed for public use.

Closing these amenities is not ideal, but the Town feels that these measures must be taken to do our part to “flatten the curve” and protect all users from COVID-19.

The Town reminds residents and visitors that the Tomahawk Golf Course and Recreational Area has not opened for the season and will remain closed until further notice. Public washrooms will not be opened, and portable toilets will not be installed.  At this time, the Town will be posting a notice at the dog park, reminding residents that public health recommendations must be maintained, including social distancing; otherwise, the dog park will be closed.

The facilities will be re-opened under the advice and direction of the public health unit when it is safe and acceptable to do so.

By-law enforcement and the Ontario Provincial Police will be monitoring all areas.

For more information, please contact: 

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

The Town of The Blue Mountains would like to advise the public that to help alleviate financial pressures related to COVID-19, Town staff are proposing the option to waive penalties and interest on unpaid property tax and utility (water and sewer) bills for the three month period from April 1, 2020 to June 30, 2020. If approved by Council at the March 30, 2020 meeting, this will effectively extend the due dates for these bills until June 30, 2020.

It is important to note that tax and utility account preauthorized payment plans (PAP) will be processed as normal unless written instructions to suspend the payment are received two (2) days prior to the due date.  To suspend your preauthorized payment plan, please contact the Finance Department at or call 519-599-3131 ext. 221.

 “We understand that this is a difficult and uncertain time for our residents, and as a tourism and agriculture driven economy, the economic impacts of COVID-19 will be wide-reaching,” explained Mayor Soever. “Through implementing what is essentially a property tax payment extension, we hope to alleviate some of the financial stress on our residents. In coordination with Town staff, I will also be reaching out to Grey County and the Bluewater District School Board regarding an extension to the dates on which the Town must remit the County and School Board share of the property taxes to these entities. An extension from these entities would have the Town avoid paying interest on monies it has deferred collecting from its taxpayers but is obligated to remit to them.”

In addition, through regional partnerships, the Town is actively engaging various Provincial ministries and agencies regarding the need for financial assistance and support for businesses within the community and greater region.

For information regarding municipal business related to COVID-19, please visit the Town website, or the dedicated COVID-19 webpage: www.thebluemountains.ca/covid-19.cfm

For more information, please contact: 

Finance Department
(519) 599-3131 ext. 221

(ORILLIA, ON) - The Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) is taking action to help reduce the risk of spreading COVID-19 by restricting the access to its facilities, including detachments, across the province until further notice.

The OPP is committed to the health and safety of its members and the public. OPP facilities remain open during regular operating hours, with enhanced screening to ensure the health and safety of the public. Detachment phone numbers are available at opp.ca/detachments

The OPP is limiting the processing of routine criminal record checks/vulnerable sector checks. Checks will only be conducted if deemed to be necessary, or for emergency circumstances.

If you require any detachment-based service, including criminal record checks/vulnerable sector checks, please contact your local detachment in advance.

In addition, the OPP has set up detachment-specific email addresses to deal with non-emergent services
and inquiries. These email addresses are now also available at opp.ca/detachments.

For emergencies, please call 9-1-1. For all other police matters, please call 1-888-310-1122 or your local detachment. For less serious incidents, report online by visiting opp.ca/reporting.

The OPP thanks the public for helping us to keep our communities safe by using the means listed above to avoid unnecessary contact.

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After careful deliberation, Mayor Alar Soever has declared a State of Emergency for the Town of The Blue Mountains in accordance with Ontario’s Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act. The decision was made in conjunction with the Towns leadership team and Emergency Control Group in response to the impacts of COVID-19 on the community.

Declaring an emergency under s 4 (1) of the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act provides the Town with all options available to protect the health and safety of individuals and families living in the Town, facilitates access to supplies and services,  and may provide access to Provincial And Federal funding should it become available. 

The Town of The Blue Mountains would like to assure residents and visitors that all critical and essential municipal services will continue to operate. 

“By declaring a state of emergency, the Town is being proactive and is making a strong statement about the severity of COVID-19 and recognizing the potential impacts on our citizens and businesses,” explained Mayor Soever.

“To date, I have been largely impressed at how our community has pulled together to assist each other, and for the most part, heeded self-isolation and social distancing recommendations,” stated Mayor Soever. “How we continue to deal with this crisis over the next few weeks will be critical.”

“Finally, I would like to thank our incredible front-line health care workers, store clerks and all those providing essential services during this time, including the community volunteers that are assisting with cleaning grocery carts and assisting with food delivery, among other things. Your commitment and dedication is appreciated by all.”

The Town will continue to offer online services and phone services by calling 519-599-3131.

For more information, please contact: 

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

The Town of The Blue Mountains would like to advise the public that starting on Monday, March 23, 2020, the Town will be offering temporary grocery delivery assistance to the Thornbury Foodland grocery store and to Goldsmiths Orchard Market.

“At the bi-weekly Emergency Control Group meeting, the opportunity for the Town to assist the community was discussed,” explained Chief Administrative Officer, Shawn Everitt. “The Towns first and most important priority is the operation of critical and essential municipal services, but at this time, there are a few Town staff members with capacity in their day-to-day operations, and in speaking with local grocery providers Town staff realized an opportunity to offer assistance.”

At the meeting, Deputy Mayor Rob Potter expressed his support for the initiative. “The entire world is challenged with uncertain times right now, and it’s important to remember that we are all in this together and that we will get through this by working together. The partnership between the Town and local grocery providers is a great example of how we all need to support each other and our neighbours during this difficult time.”

In addition to Thornbury Foodland and Goldsmiths Orchard Market, the Town will be offering assistance to other essential community-focused businesses.

For more information, please contact: 

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

The Town of The Blue Mountains has reached an agreement with the applicant for the Gibraltar Pit Expansion which provides a buffer to the Pretty River Park and addresses the other concerns raised by the community. This follows the withdrawal of the Friends of The Pretty River Valley from the Local Planning Appeal Tribunal process in late fall 2019.

Deputy Mayor Rob Potter released the following statement

”This agreement guarantees that we accomplish all of our key objectives without any risk we might lose some, or all of them, through the adversarial Local Planning Appeal Tribunal process. The Pretty River Park is a jewel in our community and through this agreement, we have protected it and the recreational activities in its vicinity."

The settlement agreement between The Town of The Blue Mountains and the Gibraltar Pit representatives addresses the various concerns the Town shared with its citizens regarding provision of a buffer between the Park and the proposed pit expansion, preservation of butternut trees and woodland in the area, the protection of the water table and the impact of weekend operations on cycling and recreational opportunities. The agreement has been accepted by the Local Planning Appeals Tribunal.

The following chart details the key objectives achieved within the settlement:

Concern

How the Concern was Addressed

Proposed Pit Expansion Size

  • The Proposed Pit Expansion is reduced from 10.74 ha to 8.01 ha.
  • Despite any expansion in pit area, there will be no increase to the amount of material that can be removed each year.
  • The Potential for a single dwelling is permitted on the eastern portion of the property after the pit operations cease to ensure that the “rural” character of the site is preserved long-term

Protection of Trees and Existing Woodland

  • Retention of 2.6 ha of existing woodland that includes species at risk (butternut trees)
  • Creation of a new wooded area of 4.9 ha through new tree planting, including approx. 1.3ha  to be planted prior to operations and approx.. 3.6 ha to be planted as extraction progressively ends and the land is prepared/naturalized for its future non-extractive uses.

Protection of Pretty River Park

  • The retained and newly planted wooded areas will ensure there is an improved natural buffer area between the aggregate operations and the Pretty River Valley Provincial Park

Truck Traffic & Cycling Uses

  • No site operations or trucking on Saturdays, Sundays, or statutory holidays, avoiding impacts on weekend cycling traffic

Water Table & Pumping

  • No groundwater pumping or dewatering will occur. This will help ensure no drawdown of groundwater levels in the area

Please see the attached map for reference.

For more information, please contact: 

Nathan Westendorp
Director of Planning and Development Services
(519) 599-3131 ext. 246

The Town of The Blue Mountains would like to urge the public to stop flushing sanitary wipes down the toilet, even if the package says that the wipes are flushable.

Sanitary wipes place additional and unnecessary strain onto the Town’s wastewater infrastructure. There is a risk that the wipes could cause damage to critical infrastructure. Please only flush toilet paper.

Reminder Do Not Flush the following items;

  • Wipes of any kind, including those that claim to be “flushable”
  • Hair
  • Floss
  • Pills/ Medication
  • Paper Towels
  • Cigarette Butts
  • Cotton Balls, Pads & Swabs
  • Tissues or Napkins
  • Food Waste/ Dressings & Sauces
  • Fats, Grease or Oil
  • Paint and hazardous waste
  • Cat Litter
  • Bandages
  • Fabric Items
  • Deceased fish or pets
  • Diapers
  • Pads, Tampons and Applicators

For more information, please contact: 

Alison Kershaw
Manager of Water & Wastewater
(519) 599-3131 ext. 226

The Town of The Blue Mountains would like to provide residents with an update regarding the return of Mayor Alar Soever.

 “Mayor Soever has been monitoring and been in contact with Deputy Mayor Potter and myself over the past two weeks regarding the COVID-19 pandemic and we look forward to his return and leadership on Monday, March 23, 2020,” explained Chief Administrative Officer Shawn Everitt. “I would like to extend my gratitude to Deputy Mayor Rob Potter and to all members of Council for their support and dedication during Mayor Soevers absence”.

“I look forward to returning to my duties as Mayor,” explained Mayor Alar Soever. “I understand and respect my health needs, and would like to assure residents that I am feeling well and ready to assume my duties subject to the advice of my doctor. I will be working collaboratively with the Council and the Town’s Senior Management Team to deal with the effect of the COVID-19 crisis on our residents. Our first priority continues to be ensuring the continued operation of critical and essential municipal services. We are also looking at ways we can work with other levels of government to assist our residents with any economic hardships brought on by the COVID-19 crisis.”

Information for residents and visitors is available on the Towns website www.thebluemountains.ca/covid-19.cfm

Additional information is available from the:

For more information, please contact: 

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

Special Meeting of Council, March 30, 2020

At the March 16, 2020 Committee of the Whole Meeting, Council passed a motion to close the Town Hall to the public until April 17, 2020.  All Council and Committee of the Whole Meetings are cancelled during this period, with the exception of a Special Meeting of Council scheduled for March 30, 2020 that will be livestreamed only.   

March 16, 2020 Resolution

Notice is hereby given that Council of The Corporation of the Town of The Blue Mountains, at its Special Meeting of Council scheduled for March 30, 2020, 9:00 am will consider adoption of the following:

  1. 2020 Draft Budget
  2. 2020 Draft Water and Wastewater Budget
  3. Amendments to By-Law 2019-14 for the Imposition and Collection of Fees and Charges for Certain Municipal Services and Activities
  4. Amendments to By-Law 2019-16 for Solid Waste Management Fees
  5. Amendments to By-Law 2019-15 for Planning Matters and Engineering Services
  6. Amendments to By-Law 2018-7 for the Imposition of Water Charges and Sewer Charges

Notice of Change in Date for Council Consideration of the 2020 Draft Budget

Links to Council Calendar and Live Stream

If you have questions, please contact the Town Clerk.

Town of The Blue Mountains
32 Mill Street, Thornbury, ON
Tel:  519-599-3131 ext 232
Fax   519-599-7723

March 19, 2020: The content on the Town of the Bue Mountains COVID-19 webpage has been updated. To view the page, please visit: https://www.thebluemountains.ca/covid-19.cfm

https://www.thebluemountains.ca/covid-19.cfm

Although it may be convenient to flush household items and trash down the toilet, doing so creates clogs, backups and damage to the pipes, your property and the Town’s infrastructure. Ensuring the safe operation of the system is extremely important. Please only flush safe items such as standard toilet paper, and never use your toilet as a trash can. 

Items that Aren’t Safe to Flush:

  • Wipes of any kind, including those that claim to be “flushable”
  • Hair
  • Floss
  • Pills/ Medication
  • Paper Towels
  • Cigarette Butts
  • Cotton Balls, Pads & Swabs
  • Tissues or Napkins
  • Food Waste/ Dressings & Sauces
  • Fats, Grease or Oil
  • Paint and hazardous waste
  • Cat Litter
  • Bandages
  • Fabric Items
  • Deceased fish or pets
  • Diapers
  • Pads, Tampons and Applicators

 

For more information please contact:
Manager of Water and Wastewater
Town of The Blue Mountains, Operations Department
Email:
managerwww@thebluemountains.ca
Phone: 519-599-3131 x 226

The Proposed 2020 Town Budget includes an increase in Disposal Site tipping fees. The focus of the fee increase is to put an incentive on waste sorting and recycling in both the residential and commercial sectors. The most significant increase in fees will be on unsorted loads of construction and demolition materials.

Link to Schedule of current and proposed fees https://www.thebluemountains.ca/document_viewer.cfm?doc=1170 (pages 322 and 323)

For more information contact:
Operations Department
519-599-3131 ext. 238

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, 2020 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=1182

The roads highlighted in red are subject to half load restrictions when Axle Weight Restrictions signs are in place.

Axle Weight Exemption Application Form
To request a copy of the Axle Weight Exemption Application Form please contact the Operations Department using the contact information below. 

For more information, please contact:

Operations Department
Phone: 519-599-3131 x 276

There will be no changes to curbside garbage collection for Family Day February 17, 2020. Collection of garbage, recycling, green bin and yard waste is as usual for the holiday and for the entire week. 

For more information, please visit: https://www.thebluemountains.ca/solid-waste.cfm

Notice- Live Life Fit Expansion & Ribbon Cutting

On behalf of Council, Deputy Mayor Rob Potter would like to extend congratulations and best wishes to Cecile de Bretan for the expansion and grand re-opening of Live Life Fit in Thornbury.

On January 31, 2020, family, friends, and members of Council gathered to celebrate the grand opening with an official ribbon-cutting ceremony of their new 3000 sq. ft. fitness facility.

“On behalf of Council, I would like to extend congratulations and best wishes to Cecile on their expansion and grand opening” explained Deputy Mayor Potter. “Live Life Fit is committed to helping people of all ages reach their fitness goals and ensuring a healthy and active community”.

“We have built an incredible community,” says Cecile de Bretan, founder of Live Life Fit. “We are continuously encouraging and supporting one another to reach new fitness goals and can’t wait to keep growing our community of locals and weekend warriors”.

Live Life Fit is proud to offer classes for people of all ages, abilities and levels with the goal of making every class interesting and dynamic, so people keep coming back for more. In addition to classes, personal 1 on 1 training is offered for those who prefer to work out privately on their own.

Live Life Fit is located at 99 King Street East, Thornbury. For a full list of classes and offerings, please visit: http://livelifefit.ca/classes

For more information, please contact: 

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

The majority of Municipalities of Bruce and Grey have come together with community partners to undertake Community Safety and Well-Being Planning - this process involves the identification of risks across Bruce and Grey related to safety and well-being, and then the creation of a plan to address priority risks, taking a crime prevention approach.

Residents of Bruce County and Grey County are invited to complete our short online survey in order to share with us your ideas about the current state of well-being and feelings of safety in the people of Bruce and Grey so we can work together to focus on local actions to improve the quality of life for everyone. This survey is completely anonymous - WE WANT TO HEAR FROM YOU!

Click Here To Complete Survey

Please Note: To obtain a paper copy of the survey, please contact your local Municipal Office.

For more information, please visit: https://cswbp-brucegrey.ca/community-engagement

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

Due to winter weather conditions within the last 24 hours all snow removal equipment is out at this time. Main roads are in good condition and secondary roads are slippery. Sidewalks are still being cleared. We ask residents to be patient and use extra caution when driving. We would also like to remind residents not to park vehicles on roadways so roads will be clear for snow removal equipment. 

For more information please contact:
Town of The Blue Mountains 
Phone: 519-599-3131 ext 276

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 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 2020 Labour Market Survey is now available!

 

The Four County Labour Market Planning Board is calling on employers like you to help us better understand the workforce issues and challenges facing local businesses. The EmployerOne survey collects information on a range of issues including annual projected vacancies, hiring intentions, recruitment strategies and challenges.  After analysis, the data is released to schools, community partners, government agencies and the public so that they may see the skills needed to join our local labour force.

This survey is open to all employers – with at least one employee – in the Bruce/Grey/Huron/Perth region. The results help guide strategy development to support talent retention and attraction. 

To complete the survey, please visit: https://surveymonkey.com/r/FCLMPB2020

 

https://surveymonkey.com/r/FCLMPB2020

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

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