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Grey Bruce Health Unit promotes water safety campaign

Going swimming? If you can't see your feet waist deep, Stay Out!

#WaterQuality #YourChoice

Water Safety Information

For more information contact:

519-376-9420

Reminder - Stage 1 Water Use Restrictions Currently in Effect Until September 1, 2018

Residents may water between the hours of 7:00 a.m. and 9:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m.
Properties with odd numbered addresses can water on odd numbered calendar days.
Properties with even numbered addresses can water on even numbered calendar days. 

For more information please contact:
Water and Wastewater Inquiries
Town of The Blue Mountains 

Swiss Meadows Notice of Water Service Interruptions July 17, 2018 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

This is a notification to the residents of Swiss Meadows that the Town of The Blue Mountains Water Section will be performing work on the Town’s Water Distribution System in your area. This work is necessary to repair a water leak.

Your Water Service will be shut off or you may experience reduced pressure for durations on:

Tuesday, July 17, 2018
9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

We apologize for any inconvenience that this interruption may cause you. 

For more information contact:
Thornbury Water Treatment Plant
519-599-5287

Email Water Staff

A Special Meeting of Council has been scheduled for Tuesday, July 17, 2018 at 4:30 p.m.

The meeting agenda is attached.

For more information please contact the Clerks' Office.

https://www.thebluemountains.ca/council-calendar.cfm?is=27

(Town of The Blue Mountains) Although rainfall has reduced the fire hazard rating in our area, open air burning is not recommended by The Town of The Blue Mountains Fire Department.
Barbeques burning charcoal, propane or natural gas may be used for cooking purposes, permitted they are supervised at all times and securely positioned on a noncombustible surface.
Small, contained campfires used for cooking purposes are also permitted, under the following conditions:

  • The fire is contained in a pit
  • The materials to be burned are clean wood only
  • The fire pit does not exceed 1 meter in diameter or 0.75 meters in height
  • The pit is a minimum of 10 meters from any building, overhead wires and combustible vegetation
  • A means of extinguishment is on site
  • The fire is supervised at all times by a competent person
  • The fire is completely extinguished when it is not supervised

In the event the fire department is requested to respond to open air burning complaints where these requirements have not been met or the fire is out of control, the fire will be extinguished and a user fee charged to the owner of the property in accordance with By-law 2017-7, B.31.

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

For more Information Contact:
AJ Lake
Deputy Fire Chief – Fire Station 1
Town of The Blue Mountains
Fire Station – 519-599-5411
(519) 599-3131 ext. 104
1-888-258-6867
Email the Deputy Fire Chief - Fire Station 1

For Media Inquiries Contact:
Shawn Everitt
Interim Chief Administrative Officer
Town of The Blue Mountains
(519) 599-3131 ext. 234
1-888-258-6867
Email the Interim Chief Administrative Officer

https://www.thebluemountains.ca/open-air-burning.cfm?is=2

The Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry will be performing equipment maintenance on the Thornbury Dam

The Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry (MNRF) is scheduled to undertake maintenance, inspection and repair work throughout the month of July 2018.

During the week of July 16 MNRF will be lowering the head pond to gain access to gate infrastructure. Lowering of the headpond will result in dewatering the fishway. It is anticipated the fishway will be dry for 1-2 days.

MNRF Dams have scheduled routine inspections and maintenance, as well as non-routine work. Should you have any questions, please contact Jason McLay, A/IRM Technical Specialist at 519-371-8466 or Jason.mclay2@ontario.ca.

Grey County Tourism & Blue Mountain Village Foundation Unveil Don Braden Memorial Auction

Grey County Tourism, in association with the Blue Mountain Village Foundation, is proud to launch an online auction in memory of Don Braden, former President of the Blue Mountain Village Association and chair of the Grey County Tourism Advisory Committee, who passed away in 2015.
 
The online auction features a first class journey aboard the Rocky Mountaineer valued at $4,900 and includes two ‘GoldLeaf Service’ tickets for the two-day train expedition, spacious seating and personalized service, one night`s accommodation in Kamloops and gourmet breakfast and lunches in the dining car.  Auction bids start today and can be made until August 3 at www.bluemountainvillage.ca/foundation/rocky.

This incredible Rocky Mountaineer package was recently won by Grey County in a membership prize draw through the Tourism Industry Association of Canada  (TIAC).  With support from the Grey County Tourism Advisory Committee, Grey County jumped at the opportunity to donate this prize to the Blue Mountain Village Foundation. Proceeds from the auction will be used to create a bursary or memorial donation to the Georgian Bay Community School in Meaford as a tribute to Don Braden.   

Those of us who knew and worked with Don remember him for his extraordinary passion, commitment and contributions to tourism and the economic development of The Blue Mountains, Grey County and Ontario’s tourism industry. Throughout his career Braden served on the Town of the Blue Mountains Integrated Sustainability Committee and the Transition Team for RTO7, was a dedicated chair of both the Georgian Bay Destination Development Partnership and the Grey County Tourism Advisory Committee, a respected director of the Tourism Industry Association of Ontario (TIAO) and esteemed president of the Blue Mountain Foundation.

Auction bids will be accepted via email with starting bids at $1,500 with $50 bid increments.  The online auction closes on August 3rd at midnight and the winner will be notified by email.

Click here to place your bid now!

For more information, contact:

Grey County Tourism

Phone: 519-376-3365 ext. 6106
Toll Free: 1-877-733-4739
 
Blue Mountain Village Foundation
 
Phone: 705-444-7398

Attached is the list of candidates who filed nomination papers as of July 10, 2018 for the 2018 Municipal & School Board Elections.

https://www.thebluemountains.ca/election.cfm?is=27 

 

Swiss Meadows Notice of Water Service Interruptions July 12, 2018 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

This is a notification to the residents of Swiss Meadows that the Town of The Blue Mountains Water Section will be performing work on the Town’s Water Distribution System in your area. This work is necessary to repair a water leak.

Your Water Service will be shut off or you may experience reduced pressure for durations on:

Thursday, July 12, 2018
9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

In the event additional work is required, you may experience water service interruption on July 17, 2018 from 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. as well.

We apologize for any inconvenience that this interruption may cause you. 

For more information contact:
Thornbury Water Treatment Plant
519-599-5287

Email Water Staff

Media Release: Public Assistance Request re Dog Bite

July 9, 2018

Public Assistance Request Dog Bite

The Grey Bruce Health Unit is seeking assistance from the public in finding the owner of a dog involved in a biting incident that occurred in Meaford.

On Friday, July 6, 2018, at approximately 12:00 noon, a man was bitten by a large black male dog of unknown mixed breed. The dog was tied to a pole outside the Rexall Pharmacy, 54 North Sykes Street, Meaford. The dog was wearing a collar and leash.

Staff of the Grey Bruce Health Unit need to confirm the dog is not infectious with rabies. By verifying the health of the dog, the victim can avoid receiving the post-exposure rabies treatment. If you have any information related to this incident, please contact the Grey Bruce Health Unit at 519-376-9420 ext. 1300.

For more information:

Sandy Cao
Grey Bruce Health Unit
519-376-9420 or 1-800-263-3456 ext. 1300

The agenda for the July 9, 2018 Council Meeting has been revised to include Item I4 - By-law to amend Township of Collingwood Zoning By-law (Parkbridge-Craigleith).

Meeting materials and event details can be reviewed on the Council Calendar.

Flemming Trail between Arrowhead Road & Nipissing Ridge Trail closed temporarily for repairs

Notice that Flemming Trail between Arrowhead Road to where it connects with the Nipissing Ridge Trail is temporarily closed for repairs.

Staff anticipate the closure will last from Friday, July 6 until Wednesday, July 11.

If you have any questions, please contact Parks & Trails Staff.

Grey Bruce Health Unit promotes water safety campaign

Going boating? A lifejacket will only help keep you safe if you wear it. Make sure all children and adults wear a PFD when on a boat.

Information on Lifejackets and Personal Flotation Devices (PFDs)

For more information visit:

519-376-9420

 

The Meaford Harbour 5k Run/Walk is quickly approaching July 14, 2018

This year’s event has ramped up its pace with some new additions while keeping with traditions. “It is very special to be able to put on an event that combines the love for running, walking and raising funds for our local hospital foundation,” says Jen Johnston a participant for the past 4 years. “Our family has been participating in memory of my parents and we are already registered for this year’s event. It’s a great way to honor their legacy here in Meaford.”

The race has raised over $456,500 over the past 22 years for medical equipment at The Meaford Hospital.

For kids 12 and under that want to give running a try, come down to the harbour for a FREE run starting at 8:30. Thornbury Pools & Spas has donated super cool sunglasses for the first 125 kids registered to participate.

For those who are competitive runners or walkers the race starts at 9am and is a chip timed for those that want to track their times. However, the race is also a chance for those just wishing to enjoy the pleasure of strolling along the lovely shores of Georgian Bay while raising funds for the Meaford Hospital Foundation.  We are a pet friendly event so please feel free to bring your fur babies with you! Don’t forget your doggy poop bags as cleaning up along the route is always appreciated. Water stations will be set up along the route for both run/walkers and your furry friends! Quench Buggy will be onsite at the harbour if you wish to bring your refillable water jug for a refresh during the event as well!

The first 300 participants to register will receive a dry wick t-shirt, while your furry friends will get a Harbour Run bandana from Pet Connection in Meaford.

We have some really neat prizes for the top fundraisers this year so be sure to ask family and friends to support your race! The registration process is simple and can be done either online at www.mhfoundation.ca OR drop into Pharmasave in Thornbury, Runner’s Den in Owen Sound or the Bank of Montreal in Meaford to pick up a registration form or pledge sheet. There will also be registration the morning of the race between 7:45 and 8:45 a.m. as well as advance registration on Friday afternoon, July 13th at the Harbour Pavilion between 4 – 7 p.m.

This year both our top female and male runner will receive a $100 Gift Certificate to Runner’s Den in Owen Sound and our top female walker will receive a “Touch and Toes” package courtesy of The Falls Inn (Walters Falls), while the top male walker receives a $100 Gift Certificate to Knights’ Home Building Centre.

There are pledge based prizes for top fundraisers as well;  a Bose Speaker donated by Bruce Power, an Autographed Owen Sound Attack jersey, Kayak/Sup for 2 certificate donated by Blue Surf, Elsie’s Diner gift cards, Motomaster Emergency Car Starter, Lift passes for 5 people for 2 days to Beaver Valley Ski Club, a Mini Photography Session from Krystal Klear Photography, CAA Travel Bag, Park Admission for 2 to Scenic Caves, Knights of Meaford hockey apparel and tickets and a $100 gift card to Squire Johns.

This year’s race is in support of The Meaford Hospital Foundation and the Harbour Run/Walk goal with a goal of $50,000 which will be designated to Diagnostic Imaging (X-Ray & MRI).

You can find the Meaford Harbour 5k on Facebook if you wish to get up to date race info.

Contact Info:
Jen Wright
Executive Director
Meaford Hospital Foundation

 

Meaford Hospital Foundation
519-538-1311 x 4208

The Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry will be performing equipment maintenance on the Thornbury Dam.

The Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry will be performing equipment maintenance on the Thornbury Dam on July 4, 2018 which will involve lowering the water lever by 2.5 metres for a portion of the day. 

Continued work is proposed for the week of July 16, 2018.  If you have any questions or concerns please contact the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry at the Owen Sound Offices (519-376-3860). 

July 3, 2018

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

CAMPERDOWN TEA & HISTORY

Saturday July 28th from 1 to 3pm step back in time at the Craigleith Heritage Depot and discover Camperdown's history, from its farming heritage to its mineral spa and resorts. Have tea and a chat with author Mabel (Reekie) Almond as she shares her deep knowledge of the area. Share your own photos and memories of Camperdown, as museum staff are on hand to preserve your memories for future generations.

Located at the foot of the Niagara Escarpment and reaching out to the bay, Camperdown stretches from Georgian Peaks to Grey Road 2.  The first to settle here were John and Agnes Reekie.  John’s brother George Reekie was the first mail carrier who is credited with naming the area Camperdown. 

Throughout the 19th century Camperdown grew with more families joining to farm along the base of the escarpment.  Hotels and a mineral spa developed here for summer travellers looking to take the waters and enjoy the summer resort setting.  Other small business owners also established themselves in this rural community. The railway came in 1872 bringing tourists seeking a summer holiday and access to new markets for local farmers and businesses.

Maps, books and images of the area will be on display for you to discover the unique history of this beautiful area.  If you ever wanted to know more about the Camperdown area and its families, or have stories and photographs of your own to share, why not drop in this afternoon for a little tea and a lot of history at the Craigleith Heritage Depot.  We are interested in knowing even current information about this interesting community.

Craigleith Heritage Depot
113 Lakeshore Road East, The Blue Mountains                   Phone: 519-599-3681 ext. 3
Email: depot@thebluemountains.ca                                       Website:www.thebluemountainslibrary.ca

News Release contact: The Blue Mountains Public Library            phone: 519-599-3681 ext. 3

Email: depot@thebluemountains.ca       website:www.thebluemountainslibrary.ca

Transit service across South Georgian Bay will offer better service hours as of July 1, when a pilot project will see hours extended for the Collingwood/Blue Mountains Link, the Collingwood/Wasaga Beach Transit link, and Colltrans

Starting July 1, 2018, a pilot project will offer service on all three routes from 7:00 a.m. until 9:00 p.m. The extended hours will see service provided during the current mid-day gap on the Collingwood/Blue Mountains link, as well as an extra hour of service in the evening on the Collingwood/Wasaga Beach link and additional service on weekend evenings for Colltrans.

This enhanced service is expected to greatly assist residents who rely on transit to travel to their employment, and will also make it easier for visitors to the area to use public transit to explore our region.

Please visit www.southgeorgianbaytransit.ca for full details including maps and schedules.

Grey Bruce Public Health Unit issues Media Release regarding Overdose Alert

Media Release: Overdose Alert, June 29, 2018

June 29 2018

Overdose Alert

The Grey Bruce Health Unit urges people to use caution when using all drugs. People who use drugs can reduce overdose risk by not using alone; not using at the same time as others to ensure someone is available to respond; have naloxone on hand; start with using a small amount and understand that overdose is a medical emergency.

People who use drugs, as well as their friends and family, are encouraged to access Naloxone and opioid overdose training. “Naloxone works to temporarily reverse an opioid overdose caused by drugs such as fentanyl, heroin, oxycodone or morphine” explains Laurie Moore, Registered Practical Nurse at the Grey Bruce Health Unit. “Overdose is a medical emergency, so if someone overdoses it is important to call 911”.

Naloxone can be used to temporarily reverse an opioid overdose. Be prepared and pick up a free naloxone kit. Naloxone is available at the Grey Bruce Health Unit, no appointment necessary Monday to Friday from 8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. It is also available from some local pharmacies. Find out more at www.ontario.ca/Overdose.

The Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry will be performing equipment maintenance on the Thornbury Dam.

The Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry will be performing equipment maintenance on the Thornbury Dam on July 4, 2018 which will involve lowering the water lever by 1 metre for a portion of the day. 

June 29, 2018

Rob Potter Sworn in to Office for Balance of 2014-2018 Term of Council

(Town of The Blue Mountains) At the June 29, 2018 Special Meeting of Council, Mr. Rob Potter was officially sworn in to office for the balance of the 2014 to 2018 Term of Council. Councillor Potter will receive Council training the week of July 3rd and on July 9, 2018 will attend his first Council Meeting as a member of Council.

For more Information:
Corrina Giles
Town Clerk
Town of The Blue Mountains
(519) 599-3131 ext. 232
1-888-258-6867
 
For Media Inquiries Contact:
Shawn Everitt
Interim Chief Administrative Officer
Town of The Blue Mountains
(519) 599-3131 ext. 234
1-888-258-6867

Grey Bruce Public Health Unit issues Media Release regarding Heat Advisory

June 29 2018

Heat Advisory

With predicted extreme temperatures, Public Health advises people to take care against heat related illness.

Heat and humidity heighten the risk of heat related illnesses including heat stress, heat exhaustion and heat stroke.

People who are experiencing physical distress because of the heat should seek medical attention.

Municipalities across Grey and Bruce are opening public buildings as cooling centres. These centers provide good opportunities to get out of the heat and cool down for a little while. Contact your local municipality to find out about cooling centers in your area.

Here are some tips to help keep you cool:

Drink plenty of fluids. Water is your best choice. Choose drinks that do not contain alcohol or high amounts of sugar as they can cause you to lose body fluid. Also, avoid very cold drinks as they can cause stomach cramps.

Stay cool indoors. Keep shades drawn over sun-facing windows and use fans to move the air. Close windows during the day and open at night to allow circulation of cool air if nighttime temperatures are cool enough. If you do not have air conditioning at home, spend a few hours at a library, cinema, mall or other building that is kept cool during the day. Take a cool shower or bath. Use your stove and oven less often.

Dress lightly. Wear loose-fitting, light-coloured clothes, sunglasses and a wide-brimmed hat. Use sunscreen and lip balm with a SPF of 30 or higher.

Limit outdoor activity. Plan your day to limit outdoor activity to morning and evening hours. Try to rest in the shade. If working outside, schedule your heaviest work during the coolest part of the day.

Pace yourself. Rest frequently to allow your body to cool.

Be a friend. At work, monitor the condition of your co-workers and have someone do that for you. Check with family, friends and neighbours, especially elderly neighbours, at least once a day. It is important to have regular contact with people who have difficulty dealing with heat.

Use common sense. Do not leave infants, children or pets in a parked car. Provide plenty of fresh water for your pets and leave the water in a shady area.

For further information, look on our website under Climate Change

For more information:

Jasjeet Bola
Manager, Health Hazard
Grey Bruce Health Unit
519-376-9420 or 1-800-263-3456 ext. 1518

BVO's Preschool, located in Thornbury, is seeking to fill a Contract Position

Under the direction of the Supervisor, and as a member of the staff team, the worker provides direct support to the child to pursue individual goals; will also support the classroom; promotes the principles of inclusion and natural supports, acting as a liaison between children, families, and community partner's and support persons.

Responsibilities include:

  • Assist the child to be engaged in daily activities;
  • Assist with feeding;
  • Must be able to lift for diapering, changing equipment and positioning;
  • Monitors and promotes practices and conditions that ensure the security and safety of the child;
  • Performs other related duties as assigned by the Supervisor

Qualifications:

  • DSW or degree/diploma in Human Services field an asset but not required
  • Current First Aid & CPR
  • Health and Safety, and WHIMIS Training
  • Current criminal reference check

Hours of Work:

30 hours per week (4 days per week)

Only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

Please contact Sherrie or Jen at 519-599-2190 or preschool@bvo.ca 

Note: This version has been updated to show that funds came from the Federal Gas Tax. Previous versions indicated that it came from the Provincial Gas Tax. We apologize for any confusion this may have caused.

Media Release: Black Bridge Reopening (updated)

Date:        June 26, 2018 (updated)

Clarksburg’s Black Bridge Reopens After Preservation and Rehabilitation Efforts

(Town of The Blue Mountains, ON) Town of The Blue Mountains announces the grand re-opening of the Black Bridge in Clarksburg on June 23, 2018 at 2:30 pm. The Black Bridge rehabilitation will add 30 years to the life of this historic landmark in the heart of the Clarksburg community. This project was funded through the Federal Gas Tax and a grant from the Ontario Community Infrastructure Fund (OCIF).

The Black Bridge is the key connection between two of Clarksburg’s larger parks as well as the community’s core commercial area. Without this connection, pedestrians, cyclists, and drivers have to go around the area, a 1.5 kilometer trip through residential roads. 

The Black Bridge is also an important transportation route for the local agricultural industry allowing them to move equipment and ship produce. Although not used heavily as a truck route, load restrictions have resulted in logistical challenges for the community’s agricultural industry and impacts Town services such as snow removal as well. The restoration of the 95-year-old Black Bridge will preserve this important community connection and reduce the impact of Clarksburg’s increasing traffic volumes.

Safety was a key concern when planning the bridge’s rehabilitation. The existing concrete guide rails did not meet the current crash test requirements and were not considered strong enough to stop a car from crashing through the rails and entering the river below.  The rehabilitative works included the installation of two types of metal guide rails and crash rated guide rails that resemble the current concrete railings. Adjacent to the walkway, a different, non-climbable guide rail section was installed; again, in keeping with the Bridge’s historical characteristics. 

The Town of The Blue Mountains invested in Black Bridge to create a sustainable solution for a key, but deteriorating, transportation link. In doing so, the iconic Black Bridge will continue to connect residents and businesses in the community for the next 30 years.

Key Dates:

1923: Built

1991: Dedicated as Heritage structure; refurbished by the Town

2015: Load restrictions were placed on the bridge

2017: The deck and approaches to the bridge are rehabilitated

Quotes:

Jim McCannell, Manager of Roads and Drainage shared that, “The Black Bridge is single lane concrete bowstring, or `rainbow', arch bridge. It’s overall span of 25.3m, tall arches and overhead bracing are not typically seen in this style of bridge; making it unusual and, therefore, of historical and architectural significance. The Town was pleased that we were able to put our Gas Tax funding to this use and preserve this critical infrastructure link in Clarksburg.”

Mayor John McKean, said of the project, “We pride ourselves on being a Town that is ‘built to last’. The Black Bridge is an essential link for the Clarksburg community and an important agricultural route, and we were very pleased to be able to refurbish, rather than have to replace, the Black Bridge.”

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Note: This version was updated to show that funds came from the Federal Gas Tax. Previous versions indicated that it came from the Provincial Gas Tax. We apologize for any confusion this may have caused.

For more information and media inquiries contact:
Elizabeth Cornish
Communications and Economic Development Coordinator
Town of The Blue Mountains
(519) 599-3131 ext 282
 
For technical information about the project contact:
Jim McCannell
Manager of Roads and Drainage
Town of The Blue Mountains
(519) 599-3131 ext 271

NEWSFLASH In the meeting Wednesday evening, 100+ Women Who Care South Georgian Triangle selected Events for Life Centre. We expect to raise more than $18,000 as a result.

For those who were unable to attend in person please make your donation online.

There were three excellent presentations given by 3 of our members:  
•    Events for Life Centre - Catherine Butler
•    Habitat for Humanity - Cora O'Connor
•    Eat, Play, Thrive - Hania Krajewski

To learn more about how you can get involved with 100 women who care, visit us at:

https://www.100womensouthgeorgiantriangle.com/

On behalf of The Blue Mountains Public Library Board, I congratulate Dr. Sabrina Saunders on her achievement of the Master of Library and Information Sciences Degree (M.L.I.S.).  Sabrina completed the requirements for the degree in April, and yesterday, June 20th, she walked across the stage at the University of Western Ontario Graduation Ceremony to receive her degree.

June 21st, 2018

On behalf of The Blue Mountains Public Library Board, I congratulate Dr. Sabrina Saunders on her achievement of the Master of Library and Information Sciences Degree (M.L.I.S.).  Sabrina completed the requirements for the degree in April, and yesterday, June 20th, she walked across the stage at the University of Western Ontario Graduation Ceremony to receive her degree.

Dr. Saunders adds the M.L.I.S. degree to a Ph.D. in Theory & Policy Studies (University of Toronto), a Bachelor of Science in Childhood Education, a Master of Arts in Multidisciplinary Studies, a Master of Science in Student Personnel Administration, and a Bachelor of Science in Sociology (Buffalo State University), a certificate in EXCEL: Managing Small Public Libraries (SOLS), a certificate in Advancing Public Library Leadership (SOLS/University of Waterloo) and a number of other certifications.

Dr. Saunders models professional development to all of her staff, and inspires us all in her pursuit of life-long learning.

Attached are the highlights for the upcoming Committee of the Whole meeting June 25th.

Clarksburg’s Black Bridge Reopens After Preservation and Rehabilitation Efforts (Town of The Blue Mountains, ON) Town of The Blue Mountains announces the grand re-opening of the Black Bridge in Clarksburg on June 23, 2018 at 2:30 pm. The Black Bridge rehabilitation will add 30 years to the life of this historic landmark in the heart of the Clarksburg community. This project was funded through the Provincial Gas Tax allocation and a grant from the Ontario Community Infrastructure Fund (OCIF).

The Black Bridge is the key connection between two of Clarksburg’s larger parks as well as the community’s core commercial area. Without this connection, pedestrians, cyclists, and drivers have to go around the area, a 1.5 kilometer trip through residential roads.
The Black Bridge is also an important transportation route for the local agricultural industry allowing them to move equipment and ship produce. Although not used heavily as a truck route, load restrictions have resulted in logistical challenges for the community’s agricultural industry and impacts Town services such as snow removal as well.

The restoration of the 95-year-old Black Bridge will preserve this important community connection and reduce the impact of Clarksburg’s increasing traffic volumes.

Safety was a key concern when planning the bridge’s rehabilitation. The existing concrete guide rails did not meet the current crash test requirements and were not considered strong enough to stop a car from crashing through the rails and entering the river below. The rehabilitative works included the installation of two types of metal guide rails and crash rated guide rails that resemble the current concrete railings. Adjacent to the walkway, a different, non-climbable guide rail section was installed; again, in keeping with the Bridge’s historical characteristics.

The Town of The Blue Mountains invested in Black Bridge to create a sustainable solution for a key, but deteriorating, transportation link. In doing so, the iconic Black Bridge will continue to connect residents and businesses in the community for the next 30 years.

Key Dates:

1923: Built
1991: Dedicated as Heritage structure; refurbished by the Town
2015: Load restrictions were placed on the bridge
2017: The desk and approaches to the bridge are rehabilitated

Quotes:

Jim McCannell, Manager of Roads and Drainage shared that, “The Black Bridge is single lane concrete bowstring, or `rainbow', arch bridge. It’s overall span of 25.3m, tall arches and overhead bracing are not typically seen in this style of bridge; making it unusual and, therefore, of historical and architectural significance. The Town was pleased that we were able to put our Gas Tax funding to this use and preserve this critical infrastructure link in Clarksburg.”

Mayor John McKean, said of the project, “We pride ourselves on being a Town that is ‘built to last’. The Black Bridge is an essential link for the Clarksburg community and an important agricultural route, and we were very pleased to be able to refurbish, rather than have to replace, the Black Bridge.”

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For more information and media inquiries contact:


Communications and Economic Development Coordinator

Town of The Blue Mountains
519-599-3131 ext 282

For technical information about the project contact:

Manager of Roads and Drainage
Town of The Blue Mountains
519-599-3131 ext 271

Georgian Trail is Being Resurfaced from Christie Beach Road to the Lora Bay Area June 19 & 20, 2018

Please be advised that the Georgian Trail is being resurfaced from Christie Beach Road to the Lora Bay Area on June 19 and June 20, 2018. 

Local residents have asked us to post information about where to call to report an animal in distress. We want to remind you that dogs should not be left in cars, even for a few minutes, on a warm day.

Where to Report Dogs Left in Cars During Heat Events

This question is very common at this time of year particularly but is also important to remember during cold temperatures. There is a Provincial Law (Here is the link to the law: https://www.ontario.ca/laws/statute/90o36#BK34) in place, and it would be enforced by the Police (local toll-free 1-888-310-1122) or SPCA.

The nearest SPCA is in Barrie (705) 728-7311, but the Georgian Triangle Humane Society may be helpful in these situations (705) 445-5204. Although there is no related specific Town of the Blue Mountains By-law, our By-law officer has responded to calls about Animals in Distress as well. By-law can be reached at (519) 599-3131 ext 256.

Many people ask the question about whether or not they can break a vehicle window to rescue an animal if left in a car.  Here is the answer from the Ontario SPCA https://ontariospca.ca/blog/5-commonly-asked-questions/

We have a growing community experiencing skilled labour shortages and is dependent on the attraction and attention of newcomers. But how do we work together to ensure we’re a welcoming community? This session is intended for employers, service providers and local community members.

Diversity Training - Building Cultural Awareness June 27  - 9 am to noon
June 27, 2018

9:00am to 12:00pm

Town of the Blue Mountains Council Chamber – 32 Mill St. Thornbury, ON

Light refreshments provided RSVP at the link below.

We have a growing community experiencing skilled labour shortages and is dependent on the attraction and attention of newcomers. But how do we work together to ensure we’re a welcoming community?

OBJECTIVES:

  • Understand the challenges newcomers face when settling in a new environment of a rural community
  • Highlight the benefits of having cultural diversity within the community and workplace
  • Build awareness of basic fundamentals in intercultural competency
  • Enhance community connections

This session is delivered in partnership with the Town of the Blue Mountains and intended for employers, service providers and local community members.

Contact: Jacinda Rudolph
Phone: 519-372-0219 ext. 1270

https://diversitytrainingtownofthebluemountains.eventbrite.ca

Head injuries are a leading cause of serious injury and death to kids on bicycles. Even seemingly minor head injuries may cause permanent brain damage. A properly fitted and correctly worn bike helmet can cut the risk of serious head injury by up to 80 per cent (Parachute Canada)

OPP Supports Helmet/Bike Safety Campaigns in Local Elementary Schools

(Collingwood and The Blue Mountains, ON) The Collingwood and The Blue Mountains detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) partnered recently with the Simcoe/Muskoka District Health Unit, Kamikaze Bikes and the Healthy Kids Community Challenge to support the helmet/bike safety campaigns within area elementary schools. 

Youths were instructed on Bicycle Safety Rules, Hand Signals, Helmet Safety and the importance of a properly fitting and safe bicycle. Kamikaze Bikes inspected the bicycles before the youths' were presented with an opportunity to try a skills testing course set-up outside the school. An important component of this school campaign is to also identify children in need of a new properly fitting helmet which were assessed during the school event. 

Head injuries are a leading cause of serious injury and death to kids on bicycles. Even seemingly minor head injuries may cause permanent brain damage. A properly fitted and correctly worn bike helmet can cut the risk of serious head injury by up to 80 per cent (Parachute Canada)

Contact: PC Martin Hachey

Phone: (705) 445-4321

http://www.opp.ca

Hosted at Copper Blues Bar and Grill, co-hosted by the Blue Mountain Village Association All Welcome!  Come to the Blue Mountains Chamber of Commerce "After Six" event held at and hosted by Copper Blues Bar and Grill next Wedneday, June 20th at 6pm.  The event will be co-hosted by the Blue Mountain Village Association.

Come to the Chamber's "After 6": Wednesday June 20th 

Hosted at Copper Blues Bar and Grill, co-hosted by the Blue Mountain Village Association

All Welcome!  Come to the Blue Mountains Chamber of Commerce "After Six" event held at and hosted by Copper Blues Bar and Grill next Wedneday, June 20th at 6pm.  The event will be co-hosted by the Blue Mountain Village Association.


Join us for networking, make new business connections and talk with Chamber leaders about important economic growth issues like infrastructure investment, solving the labour shortage, preparing for this year’s municipal election and more!

RSVP: info@bluemountainschamber.ca
When: Wednesday June 20th
Time:  After 6pm - of course!
Where: Copper Blues Bar and Grill, 156 Jozo Weider Blvd, The Blue Mountains, ON L9Y 0V2

http://www.bluemountainschamber.ca

The Grey Bruce Roots of Empathy program celebrated a dozen one-year-olds for their part in teaching some very important life lessons to nearly 400 students from across Grey Bruce over the past school year.

World's Youngest Teachers Honoured

Participating with their parents in the Roots of Empathy program, these babies, dubbed ‘tiny teachers’, helped children from Kindergarten to Grade 8 in thirteen schools across Grey Bruce learn about expressing feelings, respect, inclusion, infant development and safety and the power of a loving bond between parent and child. A total of seventeen infants and their parents took part in the pilot program.

At the heart of the Roots of Empathy program is a neighbourhood infant and parent, who visit the classroom with a certified instructor nine times over the school year. Using a specialized curriculum, the instructor coaches the students to observe the baby’s development, celebrate milestones, interact with the baby and learn about an infant’s needs and unique temperament. The Roots of Empathy program reduces levels of aggression and bullying among school children while raising social/emotional competence and increasing empathy.

Catherine Talbot, International Liaison for Roots of Empathy acknowledged the efforts made by families, instructors and schools to make the program such a success.

The Baby Celebration also recognized the many people who contribute to the local success of Roots of Empathy including Bluewater District, Chippewas of Nawash Unceded First Nation, and Bruce-Grey Catholic District School Boards as well as community partners Keystone Child, Youth and Family Services and Kids & Us.

 

To learn more about Roots of Empathy, please visit www.rootsofempathy.org

For More Information:

Amanda McManaman

Roots of Empathy, Grey Bruce Health Unit

519-376-9420 or 1-800-263-3456 ext. 1293

A.Mcmanaman@publichealthgreybruce.on.ca

http://www.publichealthgreybruce.on.ca

A STOP workshop will be held in Owen Sound on Monday, June 25. For more information, to see if you are eligible to participate, and to register for the workshop call the Grey Bruce Health Unit at 1-800-263-3456 ext. 2231.

STOP Program: Support for Ontario smokers who wish to quit on June 25th in Owen Sound

For many smokers, the cost of nicotine replacement products can be a barrier to quitting. The STOP (Smoking Treatment for Ontario Patients) Program workshop offers eligible participants in Grey and Bruce Counties five weeks of cost-free nicotine replacement therapy and smoking cessation information to help them in their quit attempt.

Nicotine replacement therapy has been shown to effectively help people quit smoking by easing withdrawal symptoms. Workshop participants also receive educational material with quit smoking and relapse prevention strategies, along with information to address other unhealthy lifestyle factors that are known to accompany smoking.

A STOP workshop will be held in Owen Sound on Monday, June 25. For more information, to see if you are eligible to participate, and to register for the workshop call the Grey Bruce Health Unit at 1-800-263-3456 ext. 2231. The Grey Bruce Health Unit is partnering with the STOP Program to offer this local workshop. The STOP Program is led by the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH), and is funded by the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care as part of its Smoke-Free Ontario Strategy. CAMH is Canada’s leading addiction and mental health teaching hospital. Integrating clinical care, scientific research, education, policy development and health promotion, CAMH transforms the lives of people impacted by mental health and addiction issues.

For More Information:
Beth Karrow
Public Health Nurse
519-376-9420 or 1-800-263-345 ext. 2231
b.karrow@publichealthgreybruce.on.ca

http://www.publichealthgreybruce.on.ca

Check out the Dominion Voting system the Town will be using in the 2018 Municipal and School Board Election

Check out this video produced by Dominion Voting, the system the Town will be using in the 2018 Municipal Election.

It takes you through the internet voting process screen by screen, showing you the steps and giving you tips, to ensure you feel confident voting in the upcoming election.

Link to Video - Internet Voting Guide

Stage 1 - Water Use Restrictions are implemented from June 1 to September 1, 2018.

Residents may water between the hours of 7:00am and 9:00am and 7:00pm and 9:00pm.
Properties with odd numbered addresses can water on odd numbered calendar days.
Properties with even numbered addresses can water on even numbered calendar days. 

For more information please contact:
Water and Wastewater Inquiries
Town of The Blue Mountains 

All residents of the Town of The Blue Mountains who are supplied with Municipal water, please be advised 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:

Water and Wastewater Inquiries  
Town of The Blue Moutnains
 

Notice of Public Open House and Notice of Public Meeting to consider a New Comprehensive Zoning By-law

Online course opportunity through the Association of Municipalities Ontario for prospective candidates who wish to run in the 2018 Municipal Election!

The Association of Municipalities Ontario (AMO) is offering prospective candidates who wish to run in the 2018 Municipal Election an online course navigating various items including:

  • What does it take to run for Council?
  • What should I know before I run?
  • The media and me.
  • What are the powers and influence of municipal government?
  • What rules, regulations and laws govern my actions as an elected official?

The course is offered online, and at an individualized pace, and costs $75.00 including HST.

Interested individuals may register through the Municipal Education Website.

'So You Want to Run for Council' Information Brochure

The Town has received an Official Plan and Zoning By-law Amendment applications. The Town has deemed the applications to be complete however no public meeting has been scheduled to-date.

The purpose of these applications is to consider a development proposal for a proposed waterski wakeboard cable park and associated buildings and structures.

Notice of Complete Application - Wakeboard Park

For more information contact Planning Services.

Public Notices

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