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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

Rob Sampson, Chair of The Blue Mountains Attainable Housing Corporation, today announced the departure of Sharon McCormick, Executive Director, on July 9, 2021.

“We are grateful for the work that Sharon has done to establish the organizational framework for the Corporation and manage the key initial stages of development of the Gateway project. We wish Sharon well as she commences with a new permanent position in the regional community.” 

The planned Gateway project will soon be the subject of rezoning and Official Plan amendment applications at 171 King Street East in Thornbury and the Corporation has the resources in place to manage this process. The proposal, which combines non-residential space with market and lower-than-market rental housing units, will serve needs not being met by the private sector.   

For more information about the Blue Mountains Attainable Housing Corporation go to www.thebluemountainshousing.ca 

Media contact:

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

Meeting rescheduled to Wednesday, June 30, 2021 at 2:00 p.m.

The Special Board Meeting scheduled for Thursday, June 24 has been rescheduled to Wednesday, June 30, 2021 at 2:00 p.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

Friday, July 2, 2021 at 1:00 p.m.

The Grants and Donations Committee Agenda Package for July 2, 2021 is now available.

Agenda Package

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

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

To provide comments, please contact:

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

The Town is pleased to announce that local resident, Bill Abbotts has been selected as the recipient of the 2021 Province of Ontario Senior of the Year Award for the Town of The Blue Mountains.

Established in 1994, the Senior of the Year Award honours one outstanding local senior in each municipality in Ontario. The nominee must be over the age of 65 and have enriched the social, cultural or civic life of his or her community.

“Known locally as a community builder, outstanding volunteer, and cycling enthusiast, Bill has worked hard to contribute to the growth and prosperity of The Blue Mountains community,” explained Mayor Alar Soever. “On behalf of Council and the entire Town of The Blue Mountains community, I would like to extend my sincere gratitude to Bill for his amazing contributions and congratulate Bill on this well-deserved and exciting achievement.”

A formal award presentation video will be played as part of the Council Meeting on Monday, June 28th, 2021. To watch the award presentation, residents are encouraged to watch the Council Meeting live stream by visiting: https://www.thebluemountains.ca/council-meeting-live-stream.cfm

The award video will be posted to the Town website following the presentation.

For more information, please contact:

Alar Soever
Mayor
519-599-3131 ext. 400

June 29, 2021 at 9:00 a.m.

Please be advised that the Agenda for the June 29, 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 28, 2021 at 1:00 p.m.

Please be advised that the Agenda for the June 28, 2021 Council 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 30, 2021 at 11:00 a.m.

Please be advised that the June 30, 2021 Short Term Accommodation Licensing Committee meeting Agenda 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.  However, a video recording of the meeting will be posted following the meeting. 

If you have questions, please contact Town Clerk 519-599-3131 ext.232

The Town of The Blue Mountains has launched a public survey to gain the community’s feedback on transportation in the Town and region as part of the Town’s Transportation Master Plan project.

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. 276 or through curbside pickup at The Blue Mountains Public Library.

As a part of the survey process, the Town has also launched an interactive mapping tool that allows the public to comment further on transportation concerns and ideas through an interactive drop-pin tool. Using the tool, the public can access a map of the Town and drop a pin on an exact location, and provide any comments, ideas or feedback regarding the specific location. The interactive mapping tool will be available to provide feedback until the conclusion of the survey on Monday, July 16, 2021.

“Our community has continued to see significant population growth, both in permanent and seasonal residents, as well as tourists and visitors,” says Councillor and Chair of the Transportation Committee, Rob Sampson. “The public survey, working alongside the map-based tool, will provide the Town with the community’s initial  thoughts on transportation in our region, and allow us to create tangible actions and policies that will address immediate concerns while also setting our course for a sustainable transportation system for future generations.” 

Background Information on the Transportation Master Plan

The Town is facing significant growth pressures and increased tourism activity alongside the broader South Georgian Bay region and will likely continue to see this growth into the foreseeable future. To strategically prepare for this continued growth and enhance the existing transportation network, the Town is undertaking the development of a comprehensive Transportation Master Plan that will have both a regional and local focus.

The plan will be an important resource for the Town as it continues to adapt to changing needs, growth and development, and new opportunities. It will shape how we travel, help us further understand and define our regional connections, and support the movement of goods and services throughout the region. As part of the Transportation Master Plan study process, a vision will be established, actions and policies will be defined, and a financial strategy will be developed to address the short, medium, and long-term transportation needs of the community.

For more information, please contact:

Adam Fraser
Transportation Master Plan Project Coordinator
519-599-3131 ext. 276

Thursday, June 24, 2021 at 2:00 p.m.

A Special Board Meeting has been scheduled for Thursday, June 24, 2021 at 2:00 p.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 would like to remind residents that lawn and garden watering restrictions came 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

Please be advised that beginning June 23, 2021 Grey County will be performing bridge repairs on the Clarksburg Bridge (Marsh Street).  During the construction, the existing flower boxes and flag poles on the east side of the bridge will be removed to allow for better worker access to the bridge and to preserve the flowers.  After the bridge repairs are complete, the flower boxes and flag poles will returned to their original positions on the bridge.

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

Direct video link: https://youtu.be/hVbrNqK0NSo

The Town of The Blue Mountains would like to advise the public that as a result of increased traffic volumes and pedestrian activities in the area, the Ministry of Transportation has decided to reduce the speed limit to 60 and 70 km/h speed zones on portions of Highway 26 throughout the Craigleith. The changes set to come into effect on Monday, June 21, 2021.

The amendments to the regulatory speed limits on Highway 26 include the following:

  • From the intersection of Grey Road 21/Long Point Road travelling westerly the changes include:
    • 70 km/h from Fraser Crescent East Junction to east of Grey Road 19 (reduced from 80 km/h);
    • 60 km/h from east of Grey Road 19 to east of Arrowhead Road (reduced from 80 km/h).

To view a comprehensive map identifying the speed change implementation, please visit: https://www.thebluemountains.ca/document_viewer.cfm?doc=4038

In addition, the Ministry of Transportation has provided a Q&A Document to help answer common inquires related to this decision. To view the Q&A, please visit: https://www.thebluemountains.ca/document_viewer.cfm?doc=4039

The new 60 and 70 km/h speed zones along Highway 26 were determined based on the results from the speed studies conducted by the Ministry of Transportation, the Transportation Association of Canada Guidelines for Establishing Posted Speed limits.

To communicate the new changes to the speed limits impacted, the Ministry of Transportation will be adding “NEW” signage on top of the “60 km/h Begins” and “70 km/h Begins” signs, which will remain in place for 30 days. The Ministry of Transportation, in consultation with the Town of The Blue Mountains, Grey County, the Town of Collingwood, and the Ontario Provincial Police will continue to actively monitor speed and traffic operations along Highway 26 to ensure the speed limits reflect ongoing development and changes along the area.

In addition, the Ministry of Transportation recently changed the two warning signs for the Georgian Trail Crossing on Highway 26 east of Thornbury. The warning signs were changed from a “hiker” symbol to “pedestrian and cyclist” symbols with a “CROSSING” sign also added. The symbols were changed to better reflect what a motorist might encounter crossing Highway 26.  The ministry has also planned to install a flashing amber beacon on top of “pedestrian and cyclist” warning signs to enhance their visibility.

The Ministry of Transportation will also be completing a study to determine if there is a benefit to install a pedestrian crossing at the Georgian Trail Crossing on Highway 26 east of Thornbury. The study will be based on the guidelines provided in Ontario Traffic Manual (OTM) Book 15 – Pedestrian Crossing Treatments. The study is planned for this summer and more information will be shared when available.

The Town looks forward to continuing consultation and working collaboratively with the Ministry of Transportation to consider community safety opportunities.  

For more information, please contact:

Robert Bakalarczyk
Head, Traffic Engineering West, Ministry of Transportation
Robert.Bakalarczyk@ontario.ca

Shawn Carey
Director of Operations
519-599-3131 ext. 260

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

For further information, please see the Notice- Public Meeting - Beaver Street Stop Up and Close from Victoria to Louisa

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.

The Town of The Blue Mountains would like to advise residents in Tyrolean Village that as part of the Pressure Zone 4C project being completed in your neighbourhood there will be a water service interruption on Wednesday, June 23rd, 2021 and Thursday, June 24th, 2021 from 8:00am to 4:00pm. 

Water will be shut off for up to eight hours. During that time you may not have any water and it is recommended to store some potable water and fill your bathtub as necessary to allow for flushing of toilets .

If you have any questions, please contact: 

Contractor
Arnott Construction
David Jantzi, Project Manager
djantzi@arnottgroup.com
705 735 9121 x235

Engineer Consultant
WT Infrastructure Solutions
John Sarantakos, Inspector
tbm@wtinfrastucture.ca
519 716 3876

Town of The Blue Mountains
Mike Humphries, Town Project Manager
engineeringdesigntechnologist@bluemountains.ca
519 599 3131 x277

The Town of The Blue Mountains is excited to launch a 14-day shop local challenge to encourage residents to support local businesses as they reopen under Stage 1 of the Provincial Reopening Plan.

Starting on Tuesday, June 22 when you make a purchase at a local business in The Blue Mountains, you can enter for a chance to win one of 14 daily gift cards valued at $50. To enter the contest, please visit: www.exploreblue.ca/shop-local

The challenge aims to emphasize the importance of shopping safely while supporting local businesses and entrepreneurs. All purchases are eligible, including in-store (where allowed), curbside, delivery and online.

“The past year has been extremely difficult for local businesses throughout the entire community,” says Mayor Alar Soever. “When you shop local, your money goes directly back into the community and helps to support local business owners and employees. This 14-day shop local challenge is an effort to help show our collective support as a community while also having a chance to win a small prize. I would like to thank all residents and businesses for their strength and dedication to our community throughout the pandemic.”

Participants must be a legal resident of Canada and at least 19 years of age or older to be eligible for the contest. For more information on the contest and to enter for your chance to win, please visit www.exploreblue.ca/shop-local

For more information, please contact:

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

The Town of The Blue Mountains would like to advise the public that beginning on Monday, June 21st, Town Hall will reopen for public access with regular business hours (8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday) with enhanced safety measures in place. All Council, Committee of the Whole and Committee meetings will continue to be hosted virtually until further notice.

To help limit traffic into Town Hall, residents are reminded that online and telephone services will continue to be available. Details regarding online services can be found on the Town website by visiting: www.thebluemountains.ca/online-services.cfm

Where there is a need for an in-person meeting or for in-depth service needs, such as planning services, building services, applying for a marriage licence and the commissioning of documents, a scheduled appointment will be required as drop-in service will not be available. Scheduled appointments will be conducted virtually. To schedule an appointment, please call Town Hall at 519-599-3131 or visit the Staff Directory on the Town website to find the appropriate contact information: www.thebluemountains.ca/staff-directory.cfm

In addition, the Town would also like to advise that The Blue Mountains Public Library will continue to offer curbside pickup throughout Step 1. Public Libraries are able to reopen as early as Step 2 and Museums as early as Step 3 under the Provincial Reopening Plan. For details, please visit: https://www.thebluemountainslibrary.ca/

For more information, please contact:

CAO
(519) 599-3131 ext. 234

June 22, 2021 at 1:00 p.m.

Please be advised that the Agenda for the June 22, 2021 Special Committee of the Whole meeting is now available.

Please note the addition of item B.1.1 Deputation: Oren Barfoot and John Genest, Southbridge Health Care LP and MGP

Please also note the revision of item B.3.3 PDS.21.081 Follow Up to Fill By-law and Berm Extension

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.

The Town of The Blue Mountains is asking all residents who have not participated in the Internet Speed Test Challenge to test their home internet speed and assist with the future improvement planning of internet connection in The Blue Mountains.

The goal of the challenge is to add 2,500 more test results to the Canadian Internet Registration Authority (CIRA) database on internet speeds in the Town. To date, there have been 1,700 tests added to the database, only 800 away from the final goal.

To conduct your speed test, please visit: www.thebluemountains.ca/speed-test

“We are so close to achieving the goal of 2,500 internet tests, and right now we are asking residents to help fill in the gaps of the Town map, so that we can ensure our entire community is represented in the speed test results,” says Chair of the RABIT Task Force, Debuty Mayor Rob Potter. “If you live in a rural community in the Town, and want your intenet enhanced, please complete the speed test, as data collected will support future applications for funding internet projects and will help bring high-speed internet to all parts of our community.”

Background Information on the Speed Test Challenge

The Internet Speed Test Challenge is an initiative of the Town’s Rural Access to Broadband Internet Technology (“RABIT”) Taskforce in collaboration with the Canadian Internet Registration Authority. The idea for the Internet Speed Test Challenge was created following a meeting held by the RABIT Task Force with internet service provides, who expressed enthusiasm for bringing affordable, high-speed internet service to all parts of the community. Through this effort, the RABIT Task Force recognized the need to have more comprehensive data on the status of internet service for all parts of the Blue Mountains.

About the RABIT Task Force

The Town's RABIT Task Force is a Task Force of Council for matters related to the development, implementation and progress monitoring of sustainable solutions for Rural Access Broadband Internet in the Town of The Blue Mountains.

For more information, please contact:

Rob Potter
Deputy Mayor
519-599-3131 ext. 407

June 21, 2021 at 1:00 p.m.

Please be advised that the Agenda for the Special 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 24, 2021 at 10:00 a.m.

The Agenda for the June 24, 2021 Council Compensation Review 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

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 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 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

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

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

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 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 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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