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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

One (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, July 9, 2021 1:00 pm to:

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

townclerk@thebluemountains.ca

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.

This notice is being shared by the Town on behalf of the Beaver Valley Outreach. 

Beaver Valley Outreach (BVO) has qualified for funding under the Canada Summer Jobs Program to hire an individual 15 to 30 years of age to assist with handling donated items from the community. The job requires lifting and a comfort level working in a changing environment. If you know of anyone looking for work for the summer, please ask them to contact Jenn Mills, Treasure Shop Manager, at treasureshop@bvo.ca or 519-599-2577 ext. 128

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.

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

The Town of the Blue Mountains would like to advise the Public that Brooker Boulevard will be closed from Birchview Trail to Liisa’s Lane for a water service repair.

Date:  June 15, 2021

Time:  8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

For more information please contact:
Water and Wastewater Inquiries
Town of The Blue Mountains, Operations Department
Email: 
wwwinquiries@thebluemountains.ca
Phone: 519-599-3131 x 284

June 15, 2021

Please be advised that the June 15, 2021 Committee of the Whole Agenda has been revised to include:

-B.15.1 Anne Robins and Christopher Sorley Re: Plan 529 Staff Report FAF.21.118

June 14, 2021

Please be advised that the June 14, 2021 Council meeting Agenda has been revised as follows:

-Correspondence Item D.5 Notice and Consideration for a Natural Burial Cemetery has been updated to include a Staff Report from Grey Highlands 
-Addition of Correspondence Item D.6 Betty Wallace Re Staff Report FAF.21.098
-Addition of Item E.2 Committee Appointment Resignation (verbal)

The Town of The Blue Mountains would like to advise the public that Events for Life is hosting a Great Canadian Flag Challenge throughout the month of June and has issued a challenge to the community to head outdoors for a family-friendly scavenger hunt.

Each week, Events for Life will be placing a flag in the window of three local businesses located in Collingwood, Meaford and Thornbury. Residents are being challenged to locate each flag, take a selfie with the flag and submit the picture to abby@eventsfor.life to be entered into the weekly draw for a chance to win a Canadian flag.

On each Monday leading up to Canada Day, Events for Life will host a live event through their Facebook page to announce the weekly winner.

The Town reminds the public to follow all Public Health guidelines and to stay home if you are feeling unwell.

About Events for Life

Located at Beaver Creek Farm on 33rd Side Road, Events for Life is a day program that provides social, recreational and lifelong learning for Special needs adults in the Town of The Blue Mountains and surrounding areas, with a goal to support these special needs individuals so they can live, learn and work in an integrated, inclusive community.

For more information on Events for Life, please visit: https://eventsfor.life/

For more information, please contact:

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

The video message linked below was provided by Deputy Mayor Rob Potter as an update related to COVID-19 and Town operations.

Direct video link: https://youtu.be/vx2UwEA9TKk

The Town of The Blue Mountains would like to advise residents that the Tomahawk Golf Course will be closed on Tuesday, June 15th for greens maintenance and is scheduled to reopen on Wednesday, June 16th at 8:00 a.m.

The temporary closure will help ensure that all maintenance work can be completed by Town staff throughout the day following all Public Health safety protocols.

For more information on the Tomahawk Golf Course, please visit: https://www.thebluemountains.ca/tomahawk-golf-course.cfm

The Town reminds the public to keep up-to-date on current Public Health guidelines before heading outdoors and to visit the Town’s COVID-19 Interactive Map for details specific to each outdoor recreational area.

For more information, please contact:

Aaron McMullen
Facility Manager
519-599-3131 ext. 340

June 14, 2021

Please be advised that the June 14, 2021 Council meeting Agenda has been revised to include the following:

Thursday, June 17, 2021 at 1:00 p.m.

The Agenda for the June 17, 2021 Transportation Committee meeting is now available.

Meeting Agenda

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:

32 Mill Street, PO Box 310
Thornbury, ON N0H 2P0

June 16, 2021 at 8:30 a.m.

Please be advised that the June 16, 2021 Blue Mountains Police Service Board meeting Agenda is now available.

Thursday, June 17, 2021 at 6:00 p.m.

The Agenda for the June 17, 2021 Agricultural Advisory Committee meeting is now available.

Meeting Agenda

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:

32 Mill Street, PO Box 310
Thornbury, ON N0H 2P0

June 17, 2021 at 10:00 a.m.

The  June 17, 2021 Joint Municipal Physician Recruitment and Retention Committee Agenda is now available.

Meeting Agenda

For full meeting details, visit the Agendas, Minutes, Reports webpage.

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.

 

To provide comments, please contact:

32 Mill Street, PO Box 310
Thornbury, ON N0H 2P0

Monday, June 14, 2021 at 9:30 a.m.

A Special Board Meeting has been scheduled for Monday, June 14, 2021 at 9:30 a.m.

Meeting Agenda

For full meeting details, visit the Attainable Housing Corporation website.

NOTE: Board 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.

To provide comments, please contact:

32 Mill Street, PO Box 310
Thornbury, ON N0H 2P0

The Town of The Blue Mountains has launched a second public survey to gain feedback from the community to support the development of the vision and objectives for the Town’s Community Sustainability Plan.

The survey will be available until Friday, July 16, 2021 and can be accessed by visiting www.thebluemountains.ca/survey. Paper copies are available upon request by calling 519-599-3131 ext. 235 or through curbside pickup at The Blue Mountains Public Library.

“We want to thank the community for providing invaluable input into Phase 1 of the TBM Future Story, the results of the survey helped guide staff into this second phase of engagement, which will really set our path forward into the development of the finalized Community Sustainability Plan,” says Deputy Mayor and Sustainability Advisory Committee Member, Rob Potter. “The results of the Phase 2 Visioning Survey will be fundamental to setting our community’s vision and objectives into the future of sustainability in The Blue Mountains and set the course for generations to come.”

Background Information on the Community Sustainability Plan

The Town of The Blue Mountains is creating a Community Sustainability Plan to ensure the Town and its residents, workers and visitors thrive for generations to come. We're calling this the TBM Future Story. The plan development process will include discussions around how we build upon the community’s unique attributes while creating a shared path towards a future of increased livability, vibrancy and health of all living systems in The Blue Mountains.

We want to hear your ideas on ways we can make the most of what we love about The Blue Mountains and our community while supporting changes that make life here even better.

For more information, please contact:

Jeff Fletcher
Manager of Sustainability and Solid Waste
519-599-3131 ext. 238

June 15, 2021 at 9:00 a.m.

Please be advised that the Agenda for the June 15, 2021 Committee of the Whole meeting is now available.

NOTE:The Blue Mountains Council and Committee of the Whole meetings are currently closed to the public 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 Town Clerk.

The meeting will be livestreamed and an archived recording of the meeting will be posted to the Town's website.

June 14, 2021 at 1:00 p.m.

Please be advised that the Agenda for the June 14, 2021 Council meeting is now available.  The following agenda items will be released by Friday June 11, 2021:

  • B.3 Deputation: Terry Keller Re: Comment on Agenda Item B.3.8 Staff Report FAF.21.098, Licensing and Administrative Monetary Penalities By-law, June 1, 2021
  • E.1 FAF.21.123 Website Design Options
  • F.3 Community Communications Advisory Committee Report dated June 9, 2021

NOTE:The Blue Mountains Council and Committee of the Whole meetings are currently closed to the public 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 Town Clerk.

The meeting will be livestreamed and an archived recording of the meeting will be posted to the Town's website.

For the 14th year in a row, the Town of The Blue Mountains has administered its Grants and Donations Program to support local community groups and organizations. This year, $35,567 was shared equally and provided support to 20 different groups and organizations throughout the Town of The Blue Mountains.

“We are so pleased to be able to help out so many of our local community organizations and groups again this Spring,” says Councillor and Grants and Donations Committee Chair, Peter Bordignon. “This funding will allow our local community organizations to maintain operations through ongoing COVID-19 restrictions, with many organizations being unable to host their regularly scheduled fundraising events and will provide support to the critical work that they do for The Blue Mountains community.”

Over the past two years, the Grants and Donations Program has contributed a total of $52,131 to support community groups and organizations. The majority of this funding has been raised through donations from local businesses, families and individuals through initiatives such as the 2020 Community Donations Challenge and the limited fundraising events hosted in 2020 including the highly successful LobsterFest and Oktoberfest.

“Previous to 2019, the Grants and Donations Program was funded through general taxation,” explained Councillor and Grants and Donations Committee Chair, Peter Bordignon. “In 2019, the program was shifted to follow a self-funding model. The success of this program over the past two years has been driven by our local community members and this truly shows how passionate our community is to step up and support one another through challenging and difficult times, and in the face of adversity, the need from our community has never been higher.”

To raise additional funds, the Grants & Donations Committee is hosting the 2nd annual LobsterFest Dinner happening on Saturday, July 3, 2021. The dinner will be hosted as a drive-thru style dinner and will feature delicious east coast lobster, BBQ chicken and all of the fixings. For more information and to purchase tickets, please visit: https://lobsterfest.blue/ or call 519-599-3345.

To learn more about the Grants and Donations program, please visit: https://www.thebluemountains.ca/grants-donations-program.cfm

For more information, please contact:

Peter Bordignon
Councillor and Grants and Donations Committee Chair
519-599-3131 ext. 405

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 residents that gravel road maintenance work has started and will be completed on various Town roads within the community. The maintenance work is scheduled to be completed throughout June and July and is being conducted as part of the Town’s annual road maintenance program.

Through this work, maintenance gravel will be applied as needed to the roads identified within the following map. In addition, gravel roads will be graded, and Calcium Chloride will be applied to act as a binder and dust suppressant.

To view a map of the identified roads, please visit: https://www.thebluemountains.ca/document_viewer.cfm?doc=3022

Temporary lane closures will be used when necessary to allow Town crews to complete the work. All gravel roads are maintained in accordance with Provincial Standards, as identified: www.ontario.ca/laws/regulation/r18366

For more information please contact:
 
Operations Department
Phone: 519-599-3131 x 276

Please be advised that the flags at Town Hall will remain at half-mast until Monday June 14 to mark the passing of Anatolijs (Tony) Matrosovs, father of Councillor Andrea Matrosovs, who passed away on May 30, 2021.

The Town of The Blue Mountains would like to advise the public that a dedicated memorial has been organized to honour the lives of 215 children found buried in a mass grave outside of the former Kamloops Indian Residential School in Tk'emlúps te Secwépemc First Nation territory.

The dedicated memorial is now available to the community and is located at the area West of Town Hall at the former Town Hall site near the Riverwalk platform. The community is encouraged to place shoes, letters, or other notable items at the dedicated memorial site to honour the lives of the 215 children found on the grounds of the former Kamloops Indian Residential School. 

The Beaver Valley Outreach will have shoes available for purchase by donation, and members of the community interested in purchasing a pair of shoes for the memorial are encouraged to contact Beaver Valley Outreach.

“On behalf of Council and the Town, I want to send my condolences to all Indigenous communities during this difficult time,” states Mayor Alar Soever. “This dedicated memorial will offer The Blue Mountains community a place to grieve and honour the lives of the children found at the former Kamloops Residential School, and offers an opportunity for us all to reflect on the legacy of Canada’s Residential School system, and the lasting impact they continue to have on Indigenous communities across Canada.”

The dedicated memorial will be in place throughout the month of June, with the space being available to the community as a space of reflection until the morning of Tuesday, June 22nd.

The Town of The Blue Mountains is located within the boundary of Treaty 18 region of 1818 which is the traditional land of the Anishnaabek, Haudenosaunee and Wendat-Wyandot-Wyandotte peoples. The Town honours and acknowledges the First Nations, Metis and Inuit peoples of Canada as traditional stewards of this land and continues to extend its deepest condolences to all Indigenous communities during this difficult time.

Support Services Available

  • The National Indian Residential School Crisis Line: This national crisis line is available 24-hours a day to provide support for former students and those affected. Access support and crisis referral services by calling 1-866-925-4419
  • Indian Residential School Survivors Society (IRSSS): The IRSSS can be contacted toll-free at 1-800-721-0066.

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

Direct video link: https://youtu.be/jof0BsBeVOU

June 16, 2021 at 1:00 pm (virtual meeting via Microsoft Teams)

The Notices for June 16, 2021 meeting are as follows:

 

Notice of Public Hearing (Virtual) - 47 Bruce Street South - Saucy Pasta - Sign Variance

Notice of Public Hearing (Virtual) - 104 White Oak Crescent - Bock - A10-2021

Notice of Public Hearing (Virtual) - 123 Camperdown Court - Bennewies - A14-2021

Notice of Public Hearing (Virtual) - 155 Clark Street - Carr - A15-2021

Anyone wishing to speak at the Virtual Public Meeting is required to pre-register online and no later than two (2) business days in advance of the Meeting (no later than June 14, 2021 by 10:00 am).  To register online, please complete the Registration Form

NOTE:  Committee meetings are taking place virtually to assit with social distancing with respect to Covid-19.

Monday, July 12, 2021 at 5:00 pm (Virtual Meeting via Microsoft Teams)

For further information, please see the Notice - Public Meeting - Official Plan 5 Year Review

To register for the Public Meeting, please complete the online registration form

NOTE:  Public Meetings are taking place virtually to assist with social distancing with respect to Covid-19.  The meeting will be recorded and an archived recording will be posted to the Town's website.

Monday, June 28, 2021 at 5:00 pm (Virtual Meeting via Microsoft Teams)

For further information, please see the Notice - Public Meeting - Proposed Telecommunication Tower - 397387 11th Line

To register for the Public Meeting, please complete the online registration form

NOTE:  Public Meetings are taking place virtually to assist with social distancing with respect to Covid-19.  The meeting wil be recorded and an archived recording will be posted to the Town's website,

The Town of The Blue Mountains would like to advise the public that the flags at Town Hall will be lowered for 215 hours (nine days) to honour the lives of 215 children found buried in a mass grave outside of the former Kamloops Indian Residential School in Tk'emlúps te Secwépemc First Nation territory.

The Town of The Blue Mountains is located within the boundary of Treaty 18 region of 1818 which is the traditional land of the Anishnaabek, Haudenosaunee and Wendat-Wyandot-Wyandotte peoples. The Town honours and acknowledges the First Nations, Metis and Inuit peoples of Canada as traditional stewards of this land and extends its deepest condolences to all Indigenous communities during this difficult time.

Support Services Available

  • The National Indian Residential School Crisis Line: This national crisis line is available 24-hours a day to provide support for former students and those affected. Access support and crisis referral services by calling 1-866-925-4419
  • Indian Residential School Survivors Society (IRSSS): The IRSSS can be contacted toll-free at 1-800-721-0066.

For more information, please contact:

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

The Town of The Blue Mountains would like to advise residents that lawn and garden watering restrictions come into effect on June 1, 2021. The restrictions will remain in place until September 1, 2021.

Stage 1 Water Use Restrictions:

  • Applies to outdoor use of water
  • Properties with odd-numbered addresses can water on odd-numbered calendar days between 7:00 am and 9:00 am and between 7:00 pm and 9:00 pm
  • Properties with even-numbered addresses can water on even-numbered calendar days between 7:00 am and 9:00 am and between 7:00 pm and 9:00 pm
  • If there is a discrepancy regarding your property address, please contact 519-599-3131 Ext. 285 for assistance.

The restrictions are a necessary measure during the summer months to ensure that water capacity remains sufficient to meet peak demand during busy weekends or in the event of an emergency. Under the Town’s By-law, “Outdoor use of water” includes watering of existing lawns and gardens. At any time, you are permitted to water using a watering can and you may wash a vehicle if you use a hand-held hose with a shut-off valve. Remember – Water In is Water Out. If you water your lawn and are connected to the Municipal sanitary sewer system, you will pay for the related sewer charges.

Irrigation System Requirements

A reminder to homeowners, designers and installers of lawn sprinkler or irrigation systems that backflow protection must be installed and tested as required under the current edition of B64.10 Standard and referenced in the Ontario Building Code. Additionally, all water supplied to a property within the Town shall pass through the water meter supplied by the Town for use upon such property. Any unmetered water use is prohibited under By-law 2008-02. Unauthorized use of water could be subject to fines and will be strictly enforced.

Lawn Watering and Tips to Conserve Water

Water only when necessary and according to the Town’s Water Use Restriction guidelines.

A brown lawn doesn’t always indicate a dead lawn. Brown lawns can recover their green colour after rainfall or cooler weather.

  • Avoid frequent watering. Watering too often can cause your turf to develop shallow roots
  • Promote a healthy lawn by aerating and mowing no shorter than 7.5cm
  • If most of the lawn looks green, only water the dry spots
  • When reseeding or planting, consider drought-resistant grasses, which are often more resistant to insects and disease
  • Use a rain barrel
  • Program irrigation systems to water deeply but infrequently and within Water Use Restriction guidelines
  • Leave grass clippings on your lawn after mowing
  • Check for leaks in your garden hose

For more information, please contact:

Operations Department
Phone: 519-599-3131 x 284

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

Direct video link: https://youtu.be/DPMBT5mSXWM

The Town of The Blue Mountains would like to advise residents that the Thornbury Harbour and launch ramp will be temporarily closed to the public on Sunday, June 6th to assist with the Thornbury Yacht Club’s launch in anticipation of the 2021 boating season.

The temporary closure is scheduled from 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. as Harbour users prepare to launch their vessels for the season. The temporary closure will help ensure all Provincial and Public Health COVID-19 safety protocols are maintained throughout the day. Following the conclusion of all boat launches, the Harbour will be reopened for public use.

The Town reminds the public to keep up-to-date on current Public Health guidelines before heading outdoors and to visit the Town’s COVID-19 Interactive Map for details specific to each outdoor recreational area.

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 a contractor will be completing a comprehensive Leak Detection Survey to pinpoint leaks on water transmission, distribution and service pipelines throughout the Town.

Residents are advised that there may be temporary lane restrictions while the work is being completed. No significant impact to traffic is anticipated.

The Leak Detection Survey is used to identify any leaks and defects in the Water System. This data is then used to assist the Water department in fixing watermain and service leaks to eliminate water loss.

For more information, please contact:
Water and Wastewater Service
(519) 599-3131 ext. 284

The Town of The Blue Mountains is proud to celebrate Canadian Tourism Week (May 23rd to May 30th) and recognizes the resiliency of local tourism organizations, operators, and tourism related businesses in The Blue Mountains throughout the COVID-19 pandemic and their contribution to our community.

Coordinated by the Tourism Industry Association of Canada (TIAC), Tourism Week is a national grassroots initiative that highlights the economic, social and cultural opportunities available to Canada, Grey County, and the Town of The Blue Mountains through the tourism sector.

To learn more about Canadian Tourism Week, visit: https://www.tourismcounts.ca/

“The tourism sector is an important contributor to the vibrancy of our community and our local economy,” states Mayor Alar Soever. “The added customer base provided by tourism allows our residents far more choices in terms of restaurants, bakeries, farm markets, wineries and cideries, art galleries, and specialty stores. Tourism is also vital to ensuring the sustainability of our recreational amenities such as ski facilities, golf courses, and bicycle shops. Without the contribution of tourism our community would be radically different.”

Over the course of the COVID-19 pandemic, like other industries, the local tourism sector has been significantly impacted in The Blue Mountains and has continued to modify their operations, seek innovative ways to enhance the overall shopping and visiting experience, or has halted operations completely in order to protect The Blue Mountains community and its visitors.

“On behalf of Council, I want to extend my gratitude and appreciation to all tourism providers and tourism related businesses within the community for their continued efforts to keeping our community and visitors safe over the past year,” says Mayor Alar Soever. “Your dedication and commitment have been unwavering and has achieved success in keeping our case counts low. I am advised there has been no documented transmission to our community from any tourism related businesses. We look forward to the time when we can safely welcome back visitors and celebrate your efforts, together.”

Throughout the week, Grey County Tourism will also be showcasing the value of Grey County’s tourism industry by placing a spotlight on tourism businesses throughout the area, including profiles featuring local businesses in the Town. To learn more about the tourism industry in Grey County, visit: http://visitgrey.ca/industry

Under the current provincial Stay-at-Home order the Town would like to remind residents and visitors to only travel locally and follow all public health guidelines including maintaining social/physical distancing protocols, washing your hands regularly with soap and water, wearing a mask or face covering whenever physical distancing is not possible, and keeping up to date with all current provincial and public health guidelines when heading outdoors.

To learn more about local tourism opportunities in the Town, visit: https://www.exploreblue.ca/

For more information, please contact:

Alar Soever
Mayor
519-599-3131 ext. 400

The Town of The Blue Mountains would like to advise residents that the Tomahawk Golf Course will be opening tomorrow at 8:00 am for the 2021 season.

Resident season passes are available for purchase but can only be purchased in person when arriving for a scheduled tee time. To book a tee time, please call 519-599-3131 ext. 350 or email teetimes@thebluemountains.ca.

New for 2021, the Town will be providing all pass holders with a membership card that will feature a photo of the cardholder. In order to purchase a season pass, proof of residency is required by showing a government-issued photo identification that includes an address located in the Town. If a resident’s photo identification does not include their Town address, a proof of residency will be required, which can include but is not limited to the following documents: a motor vehicle permit, tax bill, or a utility bill.

Accepted methods of payment include cash, debit or credit (Visa and Mastercard) and residents will be required to complete and sign a form upon the purchase of the season pass.

To learn more, visit: www.thebluemountains.ca/tomahawk-golf-course.cfm

For more information, please contact:

Tomahawk Golf Course
519-599-3131 ext. 350

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

Direct video link: https://youtu.be/k2nwNOwfkWk

The Town of The Blue Mountains would like to provide residents with an update on Town facilities and outdoor recreation ahead of the long weekend and in response to the recent announcements by the Province of Ontario.

Outdoor Recreation

Starting tomorrow, the Tomahawk Recreation Complex including the golf course and the Thornbury Harbour including the boat launch, will be open for public use. Recreational boating is permitted but only with members of the same household. In addition, the skateboard park, baseball diamonds, tennis courts and other outdoor recreational facilities will also be open for public use. Town parks, trails and beaches will remain open for public use as long as physical distancing can be maintained.

Town-owned public washrooms will be open and additional portable toilets have been installed throughout the Town at the regular outdoor recreational areas.

The Town would like to emphasize that under Provincial direction, outdoor gatherings are limited to five people, which may include members of different households. All other public health and workplace safety measures under the province-wide emergency brake remain in effect. In addition, no outdoor sports or recreational classes are permitted.

Town Facilities

Additionally, the following municipal facilities remain closed until further notice:

  • Town Hall
  • Beaver Valley Community Centre
  • Craigleith Community Centre
  • Ravenna Hall
  • The Blue Mountains Public Library
  • The Craigleith Heritage Depot

The Town is reviewing facility reopening guidelines under the guidance of the Grey Bruce Public Health Unit and will provide additional information when available.

The Blue Mountains Public Library would like to remind residents that both facilities will offer contactless curbside pickup only, and virtual programs will continue to be provided during this time. Limited staff will be onsite to take phone calls to support residents needing assistance with placing holds and for those who require assistance with the provincial online vaccination process. For more information, please check the Blue Mountains Public Library website by visiting: www.thebluemountainslibrary.ca/.

During the facility closures, all essential services will continue to operate as normal, including the Town’s landfill, which will operate under enhanced cleaning and safety protocols. Town staff will continue to be available to assist residents over the phone and by email during regular business hours. Online services can also be accessed 24/7 by visiting: www.thebluemountains.ca/online-services.cfm.

The Town reminds the public to keep up-to-date on current Public Health guidelines before heading outdoors and to visit the Town’s COVID-19 Interactive Map for details specific to each outdoor recreational area.

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 residents that a new Interactive Cemetery Map has been developed to assist families in finding loved ones in the Thornbury Clarksburg Union Cemetery.

Developed by the Town’s GIS staff for genealogical research, the map will provide information on those who have been deceased for more than 30 years, as per Freedom of Information legislation.

To view the Interactive Cemetery Map, please visit: http://cemetery.tofbm.ca/

The GIS map offers enhanced functionality and provides the ability to search for a specific site name or the name of a person who may be located within the cemetery.

“This new tool will provide families with the historical archives necessary to reconnect and find to loved ones who have passed away,” says Ryan Gibbons, Director of Community Services. “As the tool continues to evolve, the Interactive Cemetery Map will also help to increase staff efficiency by providing the ability to instantly search through our archive files and quickly locate information. This will help address questions families may have regarding their loved ones.”

Residents are reminded that COVID-19 guidelines in place may limit the number of attendees allowed at the cemetery, and if you are planning to visit, please contact the Town’s Community Services department to discuss all current guidelines before your anticipated visit.

For information regarding the Thornbury Clarksburg Union Cemetery and services, please visit: https://www.thebluemountains.ca/thornbury-clarksburg-union-cemetery.cfm?is=25

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 residents that Brook Restoration Ltd. has resumed work on the Thornbury Pier Resurfacing Project after a temporary shutdown due to COVID-19 Public Health Protocols.

As a result of this unexpected delay, the project is now scheduled to be completed by June 25, 2021. Project updates will be posted on the Thornbury Pier Resurfacing project webpage on the Town website: https://www.thebluemountains.ca/thornbury-pier.cfm

“I would like to thank all residents for their understanding and patience caused by this unexpected delay,” explained Ryan Gibbons, Director of Community Services. “Although there is an understandable delay in the original project schedule, the contractor is confident that the new schedule is achievable, which will open the pier ahead of the summer season.”

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 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

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