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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

Earlier today, Mayor Alar Soever filmed a walkthrough video of Town Hall to highlight the safety measures and new operating procedures that are in place. Town Hall is open for public access from Monday - Friday from 11:00am - 4:00pm daily. 

Direct Video Link: https://youtu.be/CkOucZUx9Ms

The Town of The Blue Mountains would like to advise the public that starting on Tuesday, July 14, Town Hall will be open for public access with modified customer service hours and safety measures in place. All Council and Committee meetings will continue to be hosted virtually at this time.

Hours of limited public access will be Monday – Friday from 11:00am to 4:00pm daily to assist customers that cannot access online or telephone services. 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

Various safety measures and changes to Town Hall operations and pedestrian flow have been implemented to ensure both the safety of the public and staff. A customer service kiosk will be available on the main floor to assist with minor transactional services and general inquiries. In addition, the Finance Department will be operating a separate counter for all financial transactions. Public access will be limited to the first floor only.

More complex and in-depth service needs, such as planning services, building services, applying for a marriage licence and the commissioning of documents, will require scheduled appointments as drop-in service will not be available. Appointments will need to be scheduled in advance by contacting the appropriate department. Contact information is available on the Town website by visiting: www.thebluemountains.ca/staff-directory.cfm or by calling 519-599-3131.

In addition, physical distancing floor stickers, and directional signage have been installed to guide visitors. If you plan on visiting Town Hall, please continue to maintain six feet of physical distancing while on-site and wear a facemask to help ensure the safety of others.

This notice of reopening only applies to the Town Hall location at 32 Mill Street in Thornbury. Additional information regarding facilities being reopened will be provided in the future.

For more information, please contact: 

Shawn Everitt
CAO
(519) 599-3131

July 13, 2020 at 9:00 a.m.

Please be advised that the July 13, 2020 Council meeting Agenda has been revised to include the following items:

NOTE: The Blue Mountains Town Hall is 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.

On Monday, June 29, 2020 the Town of The Blue Mountains Council began the formal planning and public consultation process for the Blue Mountains Attainable Housing Corporation (BMAHC) Gateway Site located at 171 King Street East in Thornbury. A final decision has not been made regarding changes to zoning or the official plan criteria for this site.

The BMAHC made a request to Council to clearly establish planning parameters for the site to help the BMAHC embark on the hiring of a design / builder private sector partner to develop and then build out the site for attainable housing. This direction from Council will allow staff to start the planning process to formally review and evaluate the potential design/build alternatives for the site, including up to a possible five-story option. Preliminary draft concept designs were presented to the community to get the discussion started. The draft concept designs can be viewed by visiting: https://www.thebluemountains.ca/171-king-street-east-bmahc-gateway.cfm.

As in all other similar planning initiatives, the planning process for the BMAHC Gateway Site will consist of drafting potential site-specific planning amendments to both the Town’s Official Plan and to the Comprehensive Zoning Bylaw. The Planning Act process will be followed, and if approved, changes to the Town’s Official Plan and to the Comprehensive Zoning Bylaw could allow for a mixed-use development up to a maximum of five stories at the site.  In other words, the intent and purpose of initiating the planning process is to allow the Town and BMAHC to evaluate these options and to further consider public feedback from residents, local employers and the community at large.

The Town would like to emphasize that the direction by Council to start the planning process does not establish a final decision. Before any formal decisions regarding the development are made, Council will review the evaluations and will consider all public feedback.  As part of any final decision, both BMAHC and the Town will also consider Design/Build options that will not require any Official Plan Amendments.

All project updates and additional information regarding the project will be posted and made available on the Town website by visiting: https://www.thebluemountains.ca/171-king-street-east-bmahc-gateway.cfm

For more information, please contact:

Alar Soever
Mayor
(519) 599-3131 ext. 400
 
Rob Sampson
Councillor / Chair of The Blue Mountains Attainable Housing Corporation
(519) 599-3131 ext. 408

July 15, 2020 at 3:00 p.m.

A virtual Code of Conduct Sub-Committee meeting has been scheduled for Wednesday, July 15, 2020 at 3:00 p.m.

Meeting Agenda

For full meeting details, visit the Council Calendar.

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.

Please be advised that this Committee 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 following video message was provided by Mayor Alar Soever as an update related to COVID-19. 

Direct video link: https://youtu.be/j5xgXWdxEVU

July 13, 2020 at 9:00 a.m.

Please be advised that the July 13, 2020 Council meeting Agenda is now available.  Full meeting details are available on the Council Calendar.  

NOTE: The Blue Mountains Town Hall is 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 would like to advise the public that effective immediately as an interim measure to manage community safety and to encourage physical distancing, the Northwinds Beach parking lot will be closed, and the Peasmarsh Beach parking lot will be under controlled access.

With the warm weather and the influx of beach visitors, the beach areas have proven to be difficult to manage with respect to traffic management, pedestrian flow and physical distancing. As a result, these measures have been implemented on an interim basis until additional enforcement staff are available.

Northwinds Beach

  • The main parking lot for Northwinds Beach will be closed.
  • Limited parking will be available at the Craigleith Heritage Depot. Please use the pedestrian crosswalk and access at the intersection of Grey Road 19. 
  • Parking is not permitted along Highway 26. Vehicles will be ticketed and towed.
  • Parking on Lakeshore Road East is limited to a maximum of 30 minutes to allow for beachgoers to be dropped off.
  • As an alternative to Northwinds Beach, the Craigleith Provincial Park is offering paid day-use passes for $15.50 / day (65+ $12.50, and Disabled Parking Permit $7.75)

Peasmarsh Beach

  • The main parking lot for Peasmarsh Beach will be limited to a maximum of 30 vehicles.
  • Town enforcement staff will be at the parking lot, limiting access based on availability.

In addition, the Town would like to remind the public that all beach areas are actively monitored and enforced by the Town By-law Department and the Ontario Provincial Police.

“Ensuring the safety of residents and visitors is the primary focus for the Town, and these temporary measures are necessary to ensure that we are able to provide a safe and enjoyable experience for those visiting a beach,” explained Mayor Alar Soever. “If you do plan on going to the beach, please watch for on-site signage, and if the beach is full, please consider visiting one of our other beaches or Craigleith Provincial Park”.

For more information, please contact:

Ryan Gibbons

Director of Community Services

519-599-3131 ext. 281

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

Direct video link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M_2svulDaHc

July 8, 2020 at 8:00 a.m.

The July 8, 2020 Thornbury Business Improvement Area Board meeting is scheduled to take place virtually at 8:00 a.m.

Meeting Agenda

NOTE: The Blue Mountains Town Hall is 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.

Please be advised that this Board meeting will be recorded and an archived recording will be posted to the Town's website. The meeting will not be livestreamed.

To provide comment, please contact:

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

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

Direct video link: https://youtu.be/uBJe0pk-D0Q

The Town of The Blue Mountains, together with Blue Mountain Village Association and the Town of Collingwood, are excited to co-host a live-streamed virtual Canada Day celebration that you can enjoy from home!

Supported by BruceGreySimcoe and the Province of Ontario, the Canada Day celebration will be hosted by John Eaton from 95.1 The Peak FM and live-streamed from 6:00pm – 9:00pm on www.peaktoshore.ca. The virtual celebrations will include local entertainers such as The Leynes Brothers, Victoria Yeh, Mike McCarthy Band, Singing Soldiers, Shane Cloutier, and Jenie Thai and will showcase the people and places of South Georgian Bay.

“The Town is excited and happy to be able to partner with the Blue Mountain Village Association and the Town of Collingwood to offer virtual Canada Day celebrations for 2020,” explained Mayor Soever. “The year has presented unique challenges and opportunities, and the community deserves a safe way to come together and celebrate our great Country, while we continue to practice safe and responsible physical distancing. This year’s Canada Day festivities will also highlight and pay tribute to the essential frontline workers who have kept this community vibrant and safe throughout the COVID-19 pandemic and its recovery process”.

The Town would also like to encourage residents to shop local as many retailers will be offering Canada Day inspired products and offerings. To view a list of businesses, please visit: www.exploreblue.ca/business-directory

To learn more about the virtual Canada Day celebrations, visit: www.exploreblue.ca/canada-day

For more information, please contact:

Ryan Gibbons

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

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

Direct video link: https://youtu.be/0O0AvW8uNxs

This notice provides an update to residents regarding the status of Town facilities, including parks, trails and beaches.

To help provide clarification and consistent messaging the Town would like to remind residents that an interactive map confirming the open/closed status of parks, trails, greenspaces, beaches and recreational areas within the Town of The Blue Mountains is available on the Town website: https://www.thebluemountains.ca/covid-19-open-and-closed.cfm

The Town would like to emphasize that all Town-owned public washrooms remain closed. In addition, all common touchpoints are not sanitized. Please plan your visit accordingly. 

Closed Town Facilities

The following municipal facilities remain closed until further notice to ensure and encourage physical distancing:

  • Town Hall
  • Beaver Valley Community Centre
  • Craigleith Community Centre
  • Ravenna Hall
  • The Craigleith Heritage Depot

Although Provincial restrictions may be lifted for some of the above properties or facilities, temporary closures may remain in place to allow for seasonal preparation or for modifications to be implemented to allow safe and effective use.

In addition, The Blue Mountains Public Library is open for Curbside Holds Pickup. Branches are physically closed to the public, with programs and services being provided virtually. Please check The Blue Mountains Public Library website for more information: https://thebluemountainslibrary.ca/

Open Town Owned Parks and Properties

The following chart outlines key updates / changes that have been made since the last update was provided on June 10, 2020. To view the full list and for specific information on each property, please visit: https://www.thebluemountains.ca/covid-19-open-and-closed.cfm

Beaches

The Town is pleased to advise that Northwinds Beach will be reopened for public use starting on Friday, June 19, 2020. With the exception of Little River Beach, all public beaches in the Town of The Blue Mountains are now open.

Little River Beach will remain closed due to damage from high water. The Town is currently reviewing options for repair.

The Town would like to remind residents that the Provincial Orders remain in effect and beach areas will actively be monitored and enforced by the Ontario Provincial Police and the Town’s By-Law Department.

To view the status of each beach area, please visit: https://www.thebluemountains.ca/covid-19-open-and-closed.cfm

Tomahawk Golf Course

As of Friday, June 19, 2020 Tomahawk Golf Course will be open for public use. The following operational guidelines have been implemented:

  • Hours of operation are from 8:00am – 6:00pm, with the last tee time at 6:00pm
  • Tee times must be booked in advance by calling 519-599-3131 ext. 350 or emailing teetimes@thebluemountains.ca
  • Tee time bookings will be accepted no more than five days in advance
  • The green fee has increased to $17.50 per player. Exact change is appreciated, and the maximum group size is limited to four players
  • Pull carts will not be available
  • Physical distancing is to be maintained at all times

For more information, please visit: https://thebluemountains.ca/tomahawk-golf-course.cfm

Thornbury Pier

Residents are advised that the Thornbury Pier will remain closed until next summer, with a tentative reopening scheduled for June 2021.

The decision to close the pier was made to allow for the much needed pier resurfacing project to be completed and due to the limited space on the pier to accommodate physical distancing.

A reminder to residents that Town staff continue to remain available by phone and by email during regular business hours. Online services can be accessed 24/7 by visiting: www.thebluemountains.ca/online-services.cfm

For more information, please contact:

Ryan Gibbons

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

Notice- Pride Flag Raised in Recognition of National Pride Month

The Town of The Blue Mountains proudly raised the Pride Flag earlier this week at Town Hall in recognition of national Pride Month and to celebrate the LGBTQ2+ community.

“We are an inclusive community that supports and welcomes everyone,” explained Mayor Soever. “Each year, the Town is proud to raise the Pride Flag at Town Hall to demonstrate the community support and welcomeness to all residents and visitors to the community. We look forward to keeping this tradition of raising the Pride Flag for years to come.”

June 2020 marks the 50th anniversary of the annual LGBTQ2+ Pride traditions. The Pride Flag will be raised until the end of the month.

For more information, please contact: 

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

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

Direct video link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VoRSbn8IlxA

The Town of The Blue Mountains would like to advise the public that at the June 15, 2020 Council Meeting, The Blue Mountains Council approved the purchase of Lot 15 and Lot 17 on Arthur Street West in Thornbury with the purpose of providing a formalized parking area for downtown Thornbury.

Council unanimously approved the purchase of the properties in open session by a 6 – 0 vote in the amount of $895,000, which will be funded from eligible development charges. The negotiation for the purchase of the properties was the topic of several closed session Council meetings.

“The purchase of these properties is critically important to the future success and development of the downtown Thornbury area,” explained Mayor Alar Soever. “The particular properties have been considered as an ideal location for parking for a number of years by the Town, and Council is pleased that we were able to obtain this property that will help to address the significant parking issues in downtown Thornbury. The COVID-19 crisis and the lack of space for dealing with proper social distancing on our main street have served to highlight the need for additional parking space in our downtown core, and Council agreed that now was the time to address the parking issue.”

The closing date for the property is August 2020, or earlier if possible, and it is anticipated that the removal of the structures will take place shortly thereafter. The details of future construction design and the future parking lot construction capital project will be brought to Council for consideration in the near future.

To view a map showing the properties, please click here.

For more information, please contact: 

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

Start time: 6:00 p.m.

The June 18, 2020 Agricultural Advisory Committee meeting will proceed as scheduled in a virtual format. The Agenda is included below for ease of reference. 

Any comments received regarding matters included on the Agenda will be read during the Public Comment Portion of the meeting.

Meeting Agenda

NOTE: The Blue Mountains Town Hall is currently closed to the public to assist with social distancing with respect to COVID-19. 

Please be advised that this Committee meeting will be recorded and an archived recording will be posted to the Town's website. The meeting will not be livestreamed.

Watering Restrictions

Watering Restrictions are implemented annually from June 1 to September 1

Stage 1 Water Use Restriction

  • 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

Landscape Watering Permit

The permit will enable watering for a period up to THIRTY (30) days from the issuance of the Permit between the hours of 7:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m. during any day within said THIRTY (30) day period for the purpose of watering new sod or new landscaping.

To obtain a Landscape Watering Permit please complete the Application form and submit with payment (cheque in the amount of $100 to the Town of The Blue Mountains) 

Contact Us

For more information contact:
519-599-3131 ext. 284
  
 

This notice is for 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:

519-599-3131 ext 284
Town of The Blue Mountains

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