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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

April 19, 2021 at 9:00 a.m.

The Agenda for the April 19, 2021 Community Communications 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

April 16, 2021 at 1:00 p.m.

A Special Grants and Donations Committee meeting has been scheduled for Friday, April 16, 2021 at 1:00 p.m.

Meeting Agenda

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

On Saturday, April 10th, 320 people were vaccinated at a drive-thru COVID-19 vaccination clinic held at the Beaver Valley Community Centre (BVCC) in Thornbury.

“I want to thank Dr. Arra and the Grey Bruce Health Unit for making the vaccine available, and all of the community volunteers, led by Melody Fox and Bill Abbotts, as well as Dr. Remillard and his staff, and Town Staff, who all worked together and made this happen on short notice,” stated Mayor Alar Soever. “This was a true community effort. I know it has been difficult for many of our seniors to get timely appointments close to home, so I am pleased we could make this happen for at least a few of our residents. The clinic was fully subscribed within minutes of the press release announcing it being posted on Friday, and we had much more interest than vaccine.”

If you have interest in a future clinic at the BVCC, you can express your interest by e-mailing vaccine-interest@thebluemountains.ca or phoning The Town of The Blue Mountains 519-599-3131 ext 289.

For those who expressed interest in a future clinic at the BVCC, we do not know if or when vaccine supply will be allocated for future clinics at the BVCC. Your expression of interest is not an appointment, and there is no guarantee that your expression of interest will result in an appointment in the future.

With rising case counts of more transmissible strains of the virus circulating in our community and our region, the risk of serious illness or death has never been higher, so the sooner you can get vaccinated, the better. 

It is of the utmost importance that you register and lock in an appointment somewhere as soon as possible, through either the provincial online booking system https://ontario.ca/bookvaccine or by calling the toll-free number 1-888-999-6488.

Appointments can also be made by contacting the Thornbury Pharmasave, (519) 599-2719 or by visiting: http://thornburypharmasave.medmeapp.ca/schedule

For more information, please contact:

Mayor
(519) 599-3131 ext. 400

The Town of The Blue Mountains would like to remind residents to take extra care while sorting household garbage and recycling to ensure the proper disposal of waste and recycling.

In recent weeks, the Town has been advised by Miller Waste, the contractor responsible for garbage and recycling collection within the Town, that there have been multiple issues of improper sorting of waste items that has led to recycling and garbage not being picked up.

Residents are asked to refrain from “Wish-cycling” which is the practice of putting items in your recycling bin, hoping that the item can be recycled. This practice places unnecessary strain on the curbside recycling program and will result in your recycling being left at the curb.

To ensure that your garbage and recycling will be picked up, please remember the following:

  • Blue Box materials are product packaging only and are generally metal, plastic or glass
  • Grey Box materials include printed paper and paper product packaging
  • Clear bags may be used for recycling and must be sorted into separate Blue and Grey streams or they will not be collected
  • Masks are to be disposed of in the garbage ONLY and are not to be placed with your recycling materials
  • Durable goods like shoes, garden hose and window glass are not to be placed in the blue or grey box for recycling
  • Styrofoam is not currently accepted as recycling and is to be disposed of in the garbage
  • Flatten cardboard into bundles no larger than 61 cm x 46 cm x 15 cm
  • The weekly Limit for garbage is 1 bag, a second bag is allowed but must be tagged ($3.00 tag), more than 2 bags will not be collected (garbage bag tags can be purchased at the Town's Landfill at this time)
  • The weight limit for a bag/can is 18 kgs (40 lbs)

Residents are also reminded that all waste collection dates that fall on statutory holidays in 2021 will be collected as regularly scheduled, and all waste items should be placed by your curbside by no later than 7:00 a.m. to ensure your items are collected.

For more information on how to sort your garbage and recycling properly and to download The Blue Mountains Waste Resource App, please visit: https://www.thebluemountains.ca/solid-waste.cfm

For more information, please contact:

Operations Department
519-599-3131 ext. 276

Thursday May 6, 2021 from 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

Notice of Public Information Centre 

A large portion of the watermain in the area known as Tyrolean Village is at the end of its useful life and requires replacement. Furthermore, there are areas on Birch View Trail and Tyrolean Lane between Arlberg Crescent and Kandahar Lane that are currently not serviced by sanitary sewers. The proposed works will include the following:

• Replacement of approximately 1,000m of watermain on Tyrolean Lane, Kandahar Lane, Arlberg Cres. and Birch View Trail including water services to property line.
• Construction of 500m of new Sanitary Sewers on Tyrolean Lane from Arlberg Cres. to Kandahar Lane including sanitary service connections to property line.
• Construction of 450m of new low-pressure sanitary sewer forcemain on Birch View Trail from the end to the intersection with Arlberg Cres. including sanitary service connections to property line.
• Restoration of disturbed areas to match existing surfaces.

The watermain component of the project is financed through the capital budget. The sanitary sewer is a local improvement and will be paid by landowners with frontage on the new sanitary sewers if the project is deemed affordable under the requirements of the Affordability Policy for Water and Wastewater Service Extensions(POL.COR.17.02). The criteria for division and payment of these costs will be discussed in the Public Information Centre.

The Town intends to proceed with this construction project in the summer of 2022.

For more information, please visit the Town’s website at: https://www.thebluemountains.ca/tyroleanwatermain-replacement-ww-servicing.cfm?is=27

VIRTUAL PUBLIC OPEN HOUSE A Virtual Public Open House is being held to gather input from stakeholders. All those interested in the project are invited to attend the Virtual Public Open House on Thursday May 6, 2021 from 5:00 p.m. -7:00 p.m. To Register Contact icpc@thebluemountains.ca. 

For additional Information contact:
Phone: 519-599-3131 ext. 304

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

Direct video link: https://youtu.be/G8aiwSs93rQ

Marking the Passing of His Royal Highness The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh

Please be advised that the flags at Town Hall have been lowered to mark the passing of His Royal Highness The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh.

We extend condolences to Queen Elizabeth II and the members of the Royal Family.

April 15, 2021

The April 15, 2021 Joint Municipal Physician Recruitment and Retention Committee Agenda has been revised to include:

-Item C.9 Physician Recruitment and Retention Strategy Review Sub-committee

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

A COVID-19 Vaccination Clinic will be held at the Beaver Valley Community Centre (BVCC) on Saturday, April 10th for those who are over 65, or will be turning 65 this year (ie. born in 1956 or earlier) and have not yet been vaccinated. Capacity this week is limited to 280 people and most spots have been filled by patients from local physicians and other lists. If you are interested in registering for this clinic or wish to express an interest in a future clinic, please contact one of our community partners:

  • BVO Seniors Centre Without Walls: 519-599-2577 ext. 126
  • The Blue Mountains Public Library: 519-599-3681 ext. 5 or email LibraryInfo@thebluemountains.ca
  • The Thornbury Pharmasave: (519) 599-2719
  • The Town of The Blue Mountains: 519-599-3131 ext. 289

The active case count in the Town of The Blue Mountains is higher than it has been at any stage of the pandemic. If you belong to one of the eligible groups and have not yet been vaccinated, it is important you register immediately to make sure you are vaccinated as soon as possible.

Please register using the provincial online booking system for COVID-19 vaccinations at https://ontario.ca/bookvaccine. Those without access to the internet can call the toll-free number 1-888-999-6488. You may also call the Blue Mountains Public Library or BVO Seniors Without Walls for assistance in online registering.

With rising case counts of more virulent and more transmissible strains of the virus circulating in our community, the risk of serious illness and death has never been higher.

For more information, please contact:

Mayor
(519) 599-3131 ext. 400

April 21, 2021 at 1:00 pm

The Notices for April 21, 2021 meeting are as follows:

Notice of Public Hearing - A07-2021 - Bornbaum - 105 Arrowhead Court

Notice of Public Hearing - A08-2021 - Rohr - 162 Bayview Avenue

Notice of Public Hearing - B03-2019 - Derksen - 027536 30th Sideroad

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

April 15, 2021 at 10:00 a.m.

The April 15, 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, contact:

32 Mill Street
Thornbury, ON N0H 2P0

April 15, 2021 at 6:00 p.m.

The Agenda for the April 15, 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

Wednesday, April 21, 2021 at 8:00 a.m.

Annual General Meeting Notice

The Thornbury Business Improvement Area (“BIA”) will hold the Annual General Meeting on Wednesday, April 21, 2021 commencing at 8:00 a.m. Please note that the meeting will be held electronically because of the current declaration of emergency. 

The Thornbury BIA requests that members submit written comments regarding the Proposed 2021 Thornbury Business Improvement Area Budget by April 16, 2021 at noon for inclusion on the meeting agenda.  Comments received after 12 noon on April 16, 2021 and up to 12 noon on Tuesday, April 20, 2021 will be read at the meeting.

Written comments should be addressed to the Chair, George Matamoros, and may be emailed to info@thornbury.ca, or mailed c/o PO Box 662, Thornbury, ON N0H 2P0.

The Town of The Blue Mountains would like to advise residents that all municipal facilities with the exception of the Town Landfill will be closed to public access, beginning on Thursday, April 8, 2021 in response to the Provincial Stay-at-Home Order announced this afternoon. The closures will remain in effect until the Province ends the shutdown and until it is deemed safe to open for public access.

Facility closures include: Town Hall, Beaver Valley Community Centre and Arena, Craigleith Community Centre, Ravenna Hall, The Blue Mountains Public Library, and the Craigleith Heritage Depot.

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. Residents are reminded that Town staff will continue to be available for assistance 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 Blue Mountains Public Library will offer contactless curbside pickup at both facilities, and virtual programs will continue to be provided during this time. For more information, please check the Blue Mountains Public Library website by visiting: www.thebluemountainslibrary.ca.

In addition, during the Stay-At-Home Order, Short Term Accommodations are only to be provided to individuals who are in need of housing. The Town has been in contact with all licensed Short Term Accommodation owners and operators and will be actively monitoring licensed units throughout the community.

For additional information regarding the Provincial Stay-At-Home Order, please visit the Province of Ontario website at: https://covid-19.ontario.ca or the Grey Bruce Health Unit website at www.publichealthgreybruce.on.ca.

For more information, please contact:

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

Thursday, April 15 at 1:00 p.m.

The Agenda for the April 15, 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

April 14, 2021 at 9:00 a.m.

The Agenda for the April 14, 2021 Sustainability Advisory Committee meeting is now available. Please note the meeting start time of 9:00 a.m.

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

May 3, 2021 at 5:00 pm (virtual meeting via Microsoft Teams)

For further information, please see the Notice - Public Meeting - Short Term Accommodation, Commercial Resort Units and Bed and Breakfast Establishments

 

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 on the Town's website.

*The following press release is being shared by the Town on behalf of the Beaver Valley Outreach. 

Beginning Thursday April 8th, a series about preventing abuse of older adults and resources for helping people involved in abuse situations, will be offered  through BVOs Seniors Centre Without Walls (SCWW)

You may remember a live theatre production, Ye Canna Throw Yer Granny Off A Bus”, that came to town. It was developed by Sheatre: Community Arts for Social Change.  Determined to continue its awareness program during Covid 19, Sheatre has produced a 5- episode podcast of ‘The Granny Play.’ 

Think of a podcast as a radio play. Like the original play, it was created by and for seniors. All cast members are seniors and the situations are based on real life situations.

It uses theatre and music to raise awareness of types of abuse, including neglect. Each podcast episode highlights specific types of abuse. A brief discussion by area experts after the performance is included

Two weeks after the podcast,  BVO will host a presentation and discussion by community resource people. Questions and Answers and  information about local sources of help will be featured. The series will run, alternating podcast and information, every 2 weeks,  over a couple of months.

We know that the abuse of older adults, is often not reported. We also know that since the onset of the Covid 19 pandemic, the Seniors Safety Line (Ontario), reports “an unprecedented number” of desperate calls for information and help.   

Seniors have the right to live free from abuse.  Community residents who are informed will know about resources  that might be helpful and ways in which they could help.  

BVO’s SCWW is debuting this series in Ontario. It’s part of a provincial community movement to stop and prevent abuse.  With Sheatre and the Older Adult Centres Association of Ontario, BVO  has been developing the series for use in Active Lifestyle Seniors Centres and SCWWs across Ontario

We invite  everyone to attend; talk to your friends and neighbours.  Freedom from abuse for everyone is a priority.  We want to be part of the solution, helping eliminate abuse and neglect of older adults.   Phone BVO to register for the first part of this innovative series  (April 8th & April 22nd). For the Seniors Centre Without Walls, you need only a telephone.  No computer or internet is necessary.  519 599 2577, ext. 126 or seniors@bvo.ca for information or to register.

*This press release is being shared by the Town on behalf of the Bruce and Grey Community Safety and Well-Being Advisory Committee.

The Bruce and Grey Community Safety and Well-Being Advisory Committee is moving to action to further its goal of achieving safe, sustainable communities.

This large and dedicated collaborative is comprised of Bruce and Grey Counties, 16 lower-tier municipalities, eight police services, 14 police service boards, three boards of education, and more than 30 health and social service agencies and community committees. The Advisory Committee spent 2020 analyzing local data, reviewing community assets, and understanding resident perceptions of risks to safety and well-being shared through a community engagement survey. This work culminated in a regional Community Safety and Well-Being Plan (CSWBP) that was approved by both county councils.

Bruce County Warden Janice Jackson states, “We are taking a collaborative approach to creating safer communities. Our approved plan allows us to leverage resources, implement priority actions, and address emerging issues through further engagement with our residents and key partners. We look forward to continue building safe and healthy communities with all who call our region home.”

The Bruce and Grey CSWBP identified five priority areas of risk for partners to work together to make measurable improvements on both regional and local issues: Addiction and Substance Use, Mental Health, Crime Prevention, Housing and Homelessness, and Poverty and Income. To evaluate the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on resident perceptions of safety and well-being, the committee has launched the community engagement survey for a second time. This survey runs from April 1 to May 16 and can be accessed on the CSWBP website at cswbp-brucegrey.ca. To request a hard copy of the survey, please contact your local municipal office or visit the CSWBP website.

Grey County Warden Selwyn Hicks notes, “This is a good time to connect with residents and gauge perceptions regarding community safety and well-being. Using a regional lens, it will be interesting to learn from the data and understand how the pandemic has impacted our communities. Having the baseline from a year ago will help identify who has been most impacted so we can focus our efforts on strategies to meet people where they are at.”

In the coming months, the CSWBP Advisory Committee will be working with identified Action Tables to ensure that targeted engagement occurs both geographically and with residents impacted by the specific areas of risk.

The goal of CSWBP is to achieve sustainable communities where everyone is safe, has a sense of belonging and opportunities to participate, and where individuals and families can meet their needs for education, health care, food, housing, income and social and cultural expression. The success of society is linked to the well-being of each and every individual and integral to this success is cross-sector service coordination.

For more information on the Bruce and Grey Community Safety and Well Being Plan, please visit cswbp-brucegrey.ca.

1:00 p.m.

The April 6, 2021 Committee of the Whole meeting will begin at 1:00 p.m.

Watch the meeting live at 1:00 p.m.

Thursday April 22, 2021 at 5:00 p.m.

Notice of Public Information Centre (Virtual) 

The Town will be hosting a Virtual Public Information Centre regarding Drake's Path Wastewater Servicing Extension. Drake’s Path is located in the Craigleith Service Area within the Town of The Blue Mountains. It was serviced with municipal water in the early 1990s and the Town has now identified this area to extend wastewater servicing. This servicing extension will include the installation of approximately 280m of wastewater main consisting of gravity sewer and/or low pressure forcemain from the existing main on Grey Road 19. The servicing works will include sanitary service connections to each lot fronting the main from the municipal sewer to property line with restoration of disturbed areas to existing conditions (gravel road/grassed boulevard). The project will also include a gravel turnaround and minor drainage improvements. The Town intends to proceed with this construction project in the summer of 2022. For more information please visit the Town’s website at: https://www.thebluemountains.ca/drake%E2%80%99s-path-wastewater-servicing-extensio1.cfm?is=27

VIRTUAL PUBLIC OPEN HOUSE

A Virtual Public Open House is being held to gather input from stakeholders. All those interested in the project are invited to attend the Virtual Public Open House on Thursday April 22, 2021 at 5:00 p.m.

To Register, Email: 
Town of The Blue Mountains
519-599-3131 ext. 277

 

*This message is being shared by the Town on behalf of the Beaver Valley Outreach

For the Health & Safety of our Volunteers, Staff & Community, effective immediately BVO's Treasure Shop & Donation Bins will be closed until further notice.

PLEASE NOTE OUR ESSENTIAL/EMERGENCY SERVICES REMAIN OPEN. WE APPRECIATE YOUR UNDERSTANDING AND CONTINUED SUPPORT.

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

Direct video link: https://youtu.be/JHrlR2ZNzuk

April 6, 2021

NOTE: This news circulation provides corrected links for the additions to the April 6, 2021 Council Agenda

Original Council Agenda (as released on Wednesday, March 31)

Agenda that includes reference to Additions (as released Thursday, April 1)

Revised Correspondence Package (see pages 49-53)

 

The Town of The Blue Mountains would like to advise residents that Curbside Waste Collection will occur as usually for Good Friday, Easter Monday and for the remainder of the week. Residents are reminded that;

  • Garbage, Compost and Recycling must be curbside by 7 a.m. 
  • All material placed in your garbage and compost must be bagged, specifically cleaning products such as wipes, tissues/napkins and other sanitary/hygiene products.
  • Place all used gloves, masks and other protective equipment in the garbage as they are not recyclable.

TBM Waste Resource” app available for download from Apple and Android. Also access waste information from www.thebluemountains.ca/solid-waste.cfm.

Please review the Waste Resource Guide for proper sorting techniques. 

For more information please contact:

Operations Department
Phone: 519-599-3131 x 276

Lead by the Joint Municipal Physician Recruitment and Retention Committee, a public survey has been launched to gain feedback from residents regarding access to primary healthcare services, which include Family Physicians and Nurse Practitioners.

To complete the short, two-minute survey, please visit: www.thebluemountains.ca/family-physician-survey.cfm. The survey will be available until April 30, 2021.

The survey is a collaborative effort to lead the creation of a family physician recruitment and retention strategy between the Town of The Blue Mountains, Municipality of Meaford, Municipality of Grey Highlands, Town of Collingwood, and Clearview Township.

Data collected through the survey will be shared with the partnering municipalities and will be used by the Joint Municipal Physician Recruitment and Retention Committee to help recruit new Family Physicians and improve access to primary healthcare within the area.

“The need for family physicians can be hidden. So many of us are hanging on to family physicians where we formerly lived in fear of ending up with no physician because the availability does not exist locally,” explained Councillor and representative on the Joint Municipal Physician Recruitment and Retention Committee, Andrea Matrosovs. “I raised my family in the South Georgian Bay region for over 20 years, and we still have to rely on a physician two hours away. Every time I asked locally, we were turned away. I gave up and don’t want other families to be in the same predicament.”

Further, June Porter, Chair of the Joint Physician Recruitment and Retention Committee, explained that:

“Residents regularly ask me if I know of Family Physicians accepting new patients, and unfortunately, I have to say no. Currently, more than 21% of residents in The Blue Mountains are not rostered to a Family Physician, which is significantly higher than the Ontario average of 8.3%, according to Statistics Canada. Even if they have access to a Family Physician, many residents have to drive to other communities, which can prove difficult in the absence of public or private transportation. Please take a few minutes to complete the survey to assist with understanding the challenges and difficulties of access to a local Family Physician.”

To learn more about the Joint Municipal Physician Recruitment and Retention Committee, please visit: www.thebluemountains.ca/family-physician-survey.cfm.

For more information, please contact:

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

The Town of The Blue Mountains Fire Department would like to advise residents that the open air burning restrictions have been lifted. 

The Ontario Fire Code states that property owners conducting open-air burning must do so in approved areas. This guideline will provide property owners in The Blue Mountains with the information required to ensure their properties meet the following minimum requirements for recreational open air burning such as campfires. This will also pertain to the use of appliances used for outdoor burning which do not conform to the Technical Standards and Safety Act.

The Blue Mountains Fire Department should be notified prior to the ignition of any outdoor fire which would not be considered a typical backyard campfire.  This notification process is to ensure fire bans are not in place due to poor air quality or extremely dry conditions. To notify the Fire Department, please use the information below. Please be prepared to provide the name of the property owner, telephone number, date of burning and the civic address. This is a notification process only and should not be considered as an approval. It is also important to understand that By-law 2004-23 will be enforced if smoke or particulate from open air burning becomes a nuisance to the public or could affect the health and wellness of the public.

Outdoor Fire Guidelines

It is the property owners’ responsibility to ensure the following minimum requirements are in place prior to burning. They include but are not limited to:

  • the fire is contained in a pit
  • the materials to be burned must be limited to dry wood or by-products of wood
  • the pit is a maximum of one meter in diameter
  • the pit is a minimum of ten meters from any buildings, overhead wires and combustible vegetation
  • a means of extinguishment is on site
  • the fire is supervised at all times by a competent person
  • the fire is completely extinguished when it is not being supervised

Residents are also reminded that leaves and garden waste which produce excessive smoke are not permitted to be burned. The Town Waste Disposal Site accepts leaves, garden waste and brush for disposal at no charge.

Open Air Burning Complaints

All complaints related to open air burning should be directed to the Town By-Law Enforcement Department by calling 519-599-3131 ext. 249. The extension is monitored 24/7. In the event the Fire Department is requested to respond to open air burning complaints where the above noted requirements have not been met or a fire is out of control, the fire will be extinguished and a user fee will be charged to the owner of the property in accordance with by-law 2020-14 schedule B, “emergency response services”, item #5.

To learn more, please visit: https://www.thebluemountains.ca/fire-services.cfm

For more information, please contact:

Fire Department
Phone: 519-599-3131 x 101

The Town of The Blue Mountains has launched a public survey to gain feedback from residents regarding updates to the current Municipal Tree Preservation By-Law 2010-68. The purpose of the survey is to gain feedback regarding the Town’s role in tree protection and preservation in the community.

The survey can be accessed by visiting the project webpage: https://yourview.thebluemountains.ca/municipal-tree-by-law-update.

The launch of the public survey follows the joint Public Open House hosted on March 24, 2021 with the County of Grey, which provided residents the opportunity to share their input on the direction future policy changes or by-law updates should take. Comments and feedback collected will assist in developing any policy changes or a proposed tree by-law. 

To watch the recorded (Virtual) Public Open House, please visit: Link to archived Public Open House – Municipal Tree By-Law Update.

The proposed tree by-law will be presented at a future Public Meeting and will give another opportunity for the public and stakeholders to provide comments. No decision will be made until both the Town Council and the County of Grey Council have considered all comments received.

“Community engagement is a vital part of the process in the Town’s consideration of a Municipal Tree By-law update,” says Councillor Matrosovs, Chair of the Agricultural Advisory Committee and Co-Chair of the Sustainability Advisory Committee. “The series of engagement opportunities will focus on the extent of the Town’s role in the protection of a wider range of trees within the municipality and the direction of future policies for the management of trees as a natural asset in our community.”

Background Information

In May 2017, Bill 68, entitled Modernizing Ontario’s Municipal Legislation Act, 2017, was enacted by the provincial government and requires all municipalities to adopt and maintain policies to protect and enhance the municipal tree canopy by March 1, 2019. While the existing policies and by-laws currently in place meet the legislative requirements of Bill 68, Council is seeking to establish additional policies to further increase tree preservation and canopy enhancement in the Town.

In July of 2019, the Town hosted a Public Meeting to obtain public feedback on proposed revisions to the Municipal Tree Preservation By-law 2010-68, as is currently in force and effect, in order to extend interim protections on tree cutting on select private properties within the community. Comments received at the Public Meeting were generally supportive of the proposed revisions. However, as a result of additional comments received prior to the proposed revised by-law being considered by the Committee of the Whole, a Public Open House was scheduled to take place in the spring of 2020 to receive further feedback from the public. This Public Open House was cancelled due to COVID-19 in March 2020.

The Tree By-law Update project is now restarting and the Town and the County of Grey are now seeking further feedback and comment from the community regarding the direction and scope of tree protection policies in the Town. 

The project's community engagement will focus on whether or not the Town should take a more active role in the protection of a wider range of trees within the municipality, potentially including those located on privately owned properties. Input and comments received from the public will help to guide the scope and direction of any future policies and/or by-law updates regarding tree preservation in the Town.

For more information, please contact:

Travis Sandberg
519-599-3131 ext. 283

April 19, 2021 at 5:00 pm (virtual meeting via Microsoft Teams)

For further information, please see the Notice - Public Meeting - Long Point Road. 

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.

Wednesday April 21, 2021 from 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

Notice of Public Information Cente (Virtual) 

The Town will be hosting a Virtual Public Information Centre regarding the Price’s Development Wastewater Servicing Extension and Storm Water Diversion project. The Public Information Centre will provide an update regarding the tender results and direction from Council to proceed with the project. 

This project is being completed as a local improvement for the wastewater extension and a municipal/county partnership for the storm water diversion drainage improvements. If Council direction is to proceed with the project, construction is expected to be completed in the 2021 construction season.  

The Town received bids for the project on March 11, 2021.  The results of the tender process will be discussed at the Public Information Centre.   
For more information, please visit the Towns website at: https://thebluemountains.ca/prices-subdivision.cfm?is=27


VIRTUAL PUBLIC INFORMATION CENTRE 
A Virtual Public Information Centre (PIC) is being held to gather input from stakeholders. All those interested in the project are invited to attend the Virtual Public Open House on Wednesday April 21, 2021 from 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. 

To Register e-mail:
Town of The Blue Mountains
Operations Department

 

May 3, 2021 at 5:00 p.m.

The Town will be holding a Public Meeting on May 3, 2021 at 5:00 p.m. to receive comments from the public regarding proposed revisions to the Code of Conduct for Members of Council and Local Boards and Advisory Committees Policy POL.COR.07.07.

For more information about the proposed revisions and participating in the Public Meeting, please review the Public Meeting Notice.

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

Direct video link: https://youtu.be/NoTNoS-r4Gg

King Street E. from Elgin Street N. to McCauley Street S. on Thursday March 25, 2021 and Friday March 26, 2021 from 7:00 AM until 5:00 PM

The Town of the Blue Mountains would like to notify the public that Lane Restrictions will be in effect on King Street E. from Elgin Street N. to McCauley Street S.

Date: Thursday, March 25 and Friday, March 26, 2021  
Time: 7:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m.

For more information please contact:

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

The following press release is being shared by the Town on behalf of the Tree Trust. 

Although trees go into dormancy in winter, Tree Trust TBM has been very active! We have four announcements:

First, we are excited to announce our first tree for the 2021 season. Many residents got in touch with Tree Trust to nominate a very special sugar maple in the Thornbury Union Cemetery and, as a result, we have chosen this tree as our first this year for conservation care. On Friday morning, April 30th, weather permitting, we will have a celebration at the Thornbury Clarksburg  Union Cemetery on Russel Street in Thornbury. Please join us to watch Tree Trust certified arborists perform their aerial tree climbing and expert care.   Mark the date in your calendars! Final details will be shared in the Review and in the Citizen Forum FB Page and the TreeTrust.ca FB https://www.facebook.com/treetrusttrees/

Second, Thornbury-Clarksburg Rotary Club is supporting Tree Trust TBM by contributing $3,000 towards the cost of four trees this year; an aspiring but do-able goal provided we can successfully raise matching funds. It’s a big step for Tree Trust TBM to have stable sponsorship from TC Rotary and we are grateful for their support. Colin Clarke,  President of T-C Rotary notes, “supporting Tree Trust’s activities helps meet an official cause of Rotary;  Protecting the Environment, by supporting activities that strengthen the conservation and protection of natural resources and advance ecological sustainability.Tree Trust will continue fundraising from residents to match this important sponsorship and we welcome your contributions.  You can donate via our website:  www.treetrust.ca

Third, if you haven’t heard already, the TBM Sustainability Fund accepted our application for a local native tree seedling nursery! This project will get launched during the summer (selecting and preparing the nursery site) and fall (collecting seeds for germination). There is a lot of resident excitement and offers of support for this project. Stay tuned!

Finally – the idea of Tree Trust as a community-driven project to conserve older, legacy trees is growing rapidly, resulting in an expanding list of nominated trees, new ideas like the local seedling nursery and new communities: Tree Trust Meaford will be launching with their first tree in early summer, a 180-year-old sugar maple located in Meaford’s Lakeview cemetery.

For more information, contact:

Betty Muise, Tree Trust TBM Program Manager

The Town of The Blue Mountains is encouraging residents, local service clubs and community groups to submit nominees for the Province of Ontario Senior of the Year Award.

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. Seniors who qualify for this award may have contributed to any number of fields such as the arts, literature, community service, volunteering, education, environment, fitness and humanitarian activities.

To be considered by Council, all nominations must be submitted to the Town Clerk by Thursday, April 15, 2021 at noon. Please contact the Town Clerk at the information below for nomination instructions and details.

Council will consider the nominations at the April 19, 2021 Council Meeting (closed session) and will submit the nomination to the Province of Ontario. A certificate will be provided by the Ontario government and presented to the honorary recipient at a future event by Mayor Soever and Council.

“Our community is home to many outstanding seniors who contribute to creating and maintaining the vibrancy and resiliency of The Blue Mountains,” said Mayor Alar Soever. “The annual Ontario Senior of the Year Award is a small way that we can all show our appreciation for the efforts and contributions that these special seniors make to our community. Please consider nominating someone that has made a difference.”

To learn more about the Ontario Senior of the Year Award, please visit: https://www.ontario.ca/page/honours-and-awards-community#section-3

For more information, please contact:

Clerks Department
Phone: 519-599-3131 x 232

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

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

The Town of The Blue Mountains would like to remind residents that single-use face masks and face coverings do not belong in the blue or grey bins for recycling and should always be placed in your garbage.

Over the past month, the Town has been advised by Miller Waste, the contractor responsible for garbage and recycling collection within the Town, that there has been a significant increase in single-use face masks/coverings in recycling bins and containers. Used face masks/coverings present a health and safety risk to the waste collection department when items are being sorted at the Waste Facility. As such, blue bins or grey bins containing face masks or face coverings will not be picked up.

It is also important to ensure that face masks/coverings are properly disposed of to further reduce the risk of spreading COVID-19 in the community.

How should you properly dispose of face masks or face coverings?

  • Face masks and face coverings (single-use or reusable) always go into the garbage. To take precaution, throw your used face masks/coverings into a wastebasket that is lined with a plastic bag;
  • Wash your hands with soap and water for a minimum of 20 seconds after throwing the items away, as well as after emptying your wastebasket;
  • Ensure plastic bags are tied tightly and put it out for collection with your regular garbage.

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

For more information, please contact:

Operations Department
Phone: 519-599-3131 x 276

March 16, 2021 at 1:00 p.m.

To access the livestream for the March 16, 2021 Special Meeting of Council, use the following link: https://pub-bluemountains.escribemeetings.com/Players/ISIStandAlonePlayer.aspx?Id=35b3de82-1161-4007-b988-a04591e5da65 

The recorded video will also be available following the meeting on the Agendas, Minutes, Reports page.

Notice of Public Meeting (Online)

Regulate Business Licenses for Short-Term Rentals and Administration of Monetary Penalties

Public Meeting:  April 19, 2021 at 5:00  p.m. (Virtual – Online format using Microsoft Teams)

What is being proposed?

The overall objective of the proposed By-laws is to replace the existing Short-Term Accommodation Licensing regime and introduce a business licensing framework which will include Short Term Accommodations. Through the Administrative Monetary Penalties By-law, the Town will benefit from an additional enforcement mechanism to promote compliance with the Licensing By-law, and perhaps in the future, other designated By-laws.

LINK to FAF.21.020 Licensing & Short-Term Accommodation and Administrative Monetary Penalties By-Law:

FAF.21.020 Licenses for Short-Term Rentals and Administration of Monetary Penalities

Want to be notified of a decision?

You must make a request in writing if you wish a notice of any decision of Council on this proposal.

Virtual Public Meeting Information

To help limit the spread of COVID-19, this Public Meeting will be held in a virtual (online) format. You are encouraged to provide your comments or questions in writing using email or regular letter mail to the Town Clerk in advance of the Public Meeting.  Written comments will be circulated to Council. Comments received at least one (1) day in advance of the Public Meeting (by April 16, 2021 by 10am) will be read by the Town Clerk at the Public Meeting.  

Anyone wishing to speak on this matter at the Virtual Public Meeting is encouraged to pre-register early, and no later than five (5) days in advance of the Meeting (by April 14, 2021 at 10am). For those without a computer, a dial-in number is available.

Contact the Town Clerk to pre-register or submit comments to townclerk@thebluemountains.ca  or by calling the Town at 519-599-3131 extension 232 or Fax: (519) 599-7723

Comments by mail to: Town Clerk, Town Hall, 32 Mill St. Box 310, Thornbury ON, N0H 2P0

What happens at a Public Meeting?

The public meeting is your chance to hear more about the proposal and make your views about it known. You may also speak at the meeting or submit written comments. Information from the public will help Council in their decision-making process, so make sure to have your say!

Any person or agency may attend the Virtual Public Meeting and/or make verbal or written comments either in support or in opposition to the proposed amendment.

Where do I find more information about the proposal?

Visit us in Legal Services, Town Hall, during regular office hours Monday to Friday 8:30 am to 4:30 pm or contact the Director of Legal Services for this file.

When will a decision be made?

A decision on this proposal has NOT been made at this point and will NOT be made at the Public Meeting. After reviewing the amendments and any comments received, Town staff will bring a recommendation on this project to a future council meeting.

 

Public Notices

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