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The Town of The Blue Mountains would like to inform nearby residents that Frazil Ice is forming in the Beaver River due to the recent cold temperatures.

Staff are closely monitoring the river and assessing the risk of flooding. In the event of a blockage, the Town has contracted for long reach heavy equipment to remove frazil ice as the Town has done in the past years.

A notice has been issued directly to property owners adjacent to the Thornbury Mill Pond that may be affected by flooding for their awareness.

Further updates will be posted to the Town website when available.

For more information, please contact:

Infrastructure & Public Works Department
(519) 599-3131 ext. 276

Tim Hendry
Communications & Economic Development Coordinator
(519) 599-3131 ext. 282

(THE BLUE MOUNTAINS, ON) At the Special Council meeting on January 16th 2019, Council voted unanimously to opt-in and allow provincially authorized cannabis retail stores to operate within the Town of The Blue Mountains.

Council also provided staff with direction to develop a cannabis policy statement which will guide municipal staff when submitting comments to the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario related to proposed cannabis retail store sites. Developed through consultation, the policy will clearly outline standards related to where the community feels that cannabis retail stores should be permitted in keeping with the community interest.

In addition, Council directed staff to assess the financial and resource implications associated with further restricting the usage of cannabis within the Town through consultation with owners of privately owned commercial properties who provide public spaces.

Council also voted to approve that the Town make a formal request to the Province to provide additional funding resources to address implementation issues related to cannabis legalization.

 “The unanimous motion to approve cannabis retail stores is a clear demonstration that the Town of The Blue Mountains is a progressive, open and forward-thinking community,” said Mayor Alar Soever. “The decision was made easier in part due to the Provincial restrictions within the first round of licensing. The restrictions have allowed the Town to opt-in, while also taking the time to craft a careful approach towards conducting further public engagement and research related to cannabis usage.”

Under Ontario Regulation 468/18, only 25 cannabis retails stores will be permitted in Ontario by April 1st, 2019. Due to the minimum population requirement of 50,000, the Town of The Blue Mountains is not currently eligible for a store despite the decision by Council to opt-in.

To learn more about cannabis in the Town of The Blue Mountains, please visit: www.thebluemountains.ca/cannabis.cfm

For more information, visit:

Alar Soever
Mayor, Town of The Blue Mountains
(519) 599-3131 ext. 400
Click to email the Mayor

Tim Hendry
Communications & Economic Development Coordinator
(519) 599-3131 ext. 282
Click to email

The Agenda for the Special Meeting of Council on Monday, January 21, 2019 at 1:00 p.m. is now available.

For additional meeting details, please visit the Council Calendar

Please be advised that the January 22, 2019 Special Meeting of Council has been cancelled.

Special Meeting of Council - January 16, 2019 1:00 p.m. Revised Agenda

The revised Agenda for the January 16, 2019 Special Meeting of Council is now available.

For additional meeting details, please visit the Council Calendar.

The agenda documents are now ready for: Joint Special Meeting of Council - January 14, 2019 Committee of the Whole - January 14, 2019 Special Committee of the Whole - January 16, 2019 Special Meeting of Council - January 16, 2019

The Agenda for the 10:00 a.m. January 14, 2019 Special Meeting of Council, The Blue Mountains Council and The Blue Mountains Public Library Board is now ready.

The Agenda for the 1:00 p.m. January 14, 2019 Committee of the Whole is now ready.

The Agenda for the 9:00 a.m. January 16, 2019 Special Committee of the Whole is now ready.

The Agenda for the 1:00 p.m. January 16, 2019 Special Meeting of Council is now ready.

For additonal meeting details, visit the Council Calendar

 

Public Appointments to Town Committees and Boards, 2018-2022

The Town of The Blue Mountains is seeking applications, in the form of letters of interest, from members of the public for appointment to the following Town Committees and Boards for the 2018-2022 term:

  • Communications Advisory Committee (1 additional member sought - 3 Committee members have been appointed)
  • Agricultural Advisory Committee (3 additional members sought - 5 Committee members have been appointed)
  • Abandoned Orchard Committee (1 additional member sought - 2 Committee members have been appointed)
  • Fence Viewers (1 additional member sought - 4 Committee members have been appointed)

All Applications should be submitted no later than Monday, January 28, 2019 1:00 p.m. to:

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

Email the Town Clerk

Additional information is available in the Appointment Advertisement.

Public Notice - Minor Variance #A28-2018 

Committee of Adjustment Public Notice

Public Notice

Regular meetings resume on January 15, 2019 with guest speakers every other week

Citizens' Forum is a forum for discussions and information about the Town of The Blue Mountains in Ontario. It is primarily directed at residents and others associated with this municipality, but the meetings are open to all who are interested in participating in respectful and informative exchanges about our municipality.

We meet every Tuesday from 4:00pm - 6:00pm at 15 Harbour Street (former Maiolo's restaurant), with guest speakers every second week.

  • 4:00pm - 4:30pm: Meet and Greet
  • 4:30pm - 5:00pm: Agenda
  • 5:00pm - 6:00pm: Discussion/Speaker

Schedule of Guest Speakers

  • January 15 - Tim Hendry, TBM Communications and Economic Development Coordinator
  • January 29 - Steve Simon, President of The Blue Mountains Chamber of Commerce
  • February 12 - Nathan Westendorp, TBM Director of Planning and Development Services
  • February 26 - Leslie Lewis, Thornbury Business Improvement Area (BIA)

For more information, please contact Rosemary Gosselin at 519-599-3192, by email at gosselin.rosemary@gmail.com or through the group's facebook page.

Deadline for submissions February 28, 2019

Call for Artists’ Submissions

The Arts & Culture Council (ACC), on behalf of the Municipal Art Program (MAP), annually announces a Call to Artists for submissions for the coming year’s exhibition. Regional visual artists are encouraged to apply for this annual juried art exhibition. All art must be wall mountable. Selected art will be on exhibit at Town Hall for a period of 12 months. In the event of a piece being sold while on exhibit, the committee will co-ordinate with the artist to provide a juried selection to replace the sold piece. The ACC annually produces a full-colour brochure complete with information about each artist. The program provides a venue to showcase and promote the region’s artists at The Blue Mountains – Town Hall for all to enjoy.

The Call for the 2019-2020 MAP is now open.  Deadline for submissions is February 28, 2019.  Artists should submit applications electronically with all requirements by the deadline.

The Town of The Blue Mountains would like to provide residents with an update on the current status of flood mitigation due to frazil ice within the Beaver River.

To mitigate the potential of flooding, discussions are ongoing with the respective parties to implement an agreement to lower the water level in the Beaver River. To date, an agreement has not been made.

As a result, the Town has issued a notice directly to property owners adjacent to the Thornbury Mill Pond that may be affected by flooding for their awareness.

In the event of a frazil ice blockage, the Town has contracted for heavy equipment to be in place to remove frazil ice as the Town has done in the past years.

For more information, please contact:

Infrastructure & Public Works Department
519-599-3131 ext. 276
 

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

The Town of The Blue Mountains is seeking input from residents and businesses with respect to the consumption of Cannabis and whether Cannabis retail stores should be permitted within the Town of The Blue Mountains.

The Province of Ontario has given each Municipality an opportunity to opt-out of or opt-in to allow private recreational Cannabis retail stores within their municipal boundaries. The Town of The Blue Mountains Council must make a decision by the January 22nd, 2019 deadline, or the default position of “opting-in” will be automatically set.

Public Engagement- Have your Say

    • Paper surveys will be available at Town Hall, L.E. Shore Memorial Library and the Beaver Valley Community Centre.
  • Email
    • If you would like to submit additional comments outside of the scope of the survey, email: Cannabis Contact Form
    • Please note: The deadline for email comments is January 8th, 2019 at 12pm (noon).
  • Public Information Session & Public Meeting
    • Public information sessions and a public meeting have been scheduled for the following dates/times:

Meeting

Date & Time

Location

Public Information Session

January 7th, 2019

  • 10:00am to 12:00pm (noon)
  • 5:00pm to 7:00pm

Town Hall Council Chambers- 32 Mill Street, Thornbury

Public Meeting

January 7th, 2019

  • 7:00pm

Town Hall Council Chambers- 32 Mill Street, Thornbury

For more information, please visit the Cannabis Public Engagement page on the Town website at: www.thebluemountains.ca/cannabis.cfm

Councillor Andrea Matrosovs
Email Andrea
519-599-3131 ext. 406

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

The Town of The Blue Mountains would like to notify residents about the available options when your waste collection day is missed due to inclement weather. If your collection day is missed, you have the following two options:

  • Wait until your next collection day and place double the usual limit
  • Drop off curbside waste at the Town Waste Disposal Site for FREE

To learn about waste collection services or to confirm your collection day, please visit: https://www.thebluemountains.ca/solid-waste.cfm

Waste Resource Mobile App

Did you know that the Town offers a Waste Resource App for both Apple and Android Smartphones? Visit the app store and search for “TBM Waste Resource” to receive updates and service disruption notifications.

For more information, please contact:

Infrastructure and Public Works Department
(519) 599-3131 ext. 276
Email IPW Staff

The Town of The Blue Mountains would like to notify residents that 2019 Dog Licences are now available. The Town of The Blue Mountains requires all dogs to be licenced in accordance with the Dog and Animal Care By-law. The By-law is applicable to both permanent and seasonal residents. Licence(s) must be purchased before March 31st each year.

Application forms are available at Town Hall or on the Town website at: https://www.thebluemountains.ca/animal-control.cfm

For more information, please contact:

By-law Enforcement Department
(519) 599-3131 ext. 249
Email Animal Control

The Town of The Blue Mountains would like to notify businesses and community organizations that advertising space is available in the arena of the Beaver Valley Community Centre. Advertising within the arena is a great opportunity to reach over 500 people per week!

Rink Boards: $300 per season

Wall Boards: $250 per season

In addition, public skating sponsorship opportunities are also available. Sponsors will receive on-site recognition and promotion on the Town website and social media accounts.

Public Skating Sponsorship: $113 (Two Hour Session)

To book advertising space or to secure a sponsorship, please contact:

Facility Manager
Beaver Valley Community Centre
(519) 599-3131 ext. 340
Email BVCC Staff

The Town of The Blue Mountains is pleased to announce the launch of the new Community Guide.

The Community Guide provides important information about Town departments, services, facilities, resources, programs and general business.

Hardcopies of the guide will be available at Town Hall, L.E. Shore Memorial Library, Craigleith Heritage Depot and the Beaver Valley Community Centre. Guides have also been distributed to many local businesses and community organizations throughout the Town.

To view the guide online, please visit: https://www.thebluemountains.ca/public-engagement.cfm

For more information, please contact:

Tim Hendry
Communication and Economic Development Coordinator
(519) 599-3131 ext. 282

After each municipal election, Council appoints citizens to various boards and committees that make decisions or recommendations on a variety of matters. These appointments give residents an opportunity to volunteer their skills to help their community.

The term of the appointment is four years (concurrent with the term of Council). Most committees meet monthly and each committee determines the schedule of meetings for the new term.

Public Appointments to Town Committees and Boards, 2018-2022

The Town of The Blue Mountains is seeking applications, in the form of letters of interest, from members of the public for appointment to the following Town Committees and Board for the 2018-2022 term:

  • The Blue Mountains Police Services Board (1)
  • The Blue Mountains Committee of Adjustment (3)
  • The Blue Mountains Library Board (6)
  • Communications Advisory Committee (4)
  • Agricultural Advisory Committee (8)
  • Abandoned Orchard Committee (3)
  • Fence Viewers (5)
  • Council Compensation Review Committee (2)

All Applications should be submitted no later than Wednesday, December 5, 2018 1:00 p.m. to:

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

Email the Town Clerk

Additional information is available in the Appointment Advertisement.

Please note: Questions regarding the Library Board can be directed to Dr. Sabrina Saunders, CEO, The Blue Mountains Public Library at 519-599-3681.

Radon test kits are available free from the Grey Bruce Health Unit as part of November Radon Awareness Month. Radon exposure is the second leading cause of lung cancer behind smoking. An estimated 20% of lung cancer deaths in Grey Bruce were due to radon.

Radon is a naturally occurring radioactive gas that may collect in a home. Radon is colourless and odourless; it can enter a home anywhere there is contact with the ground, such as basements. All homes regardless of age, single or multi-story, slab or with basement can have radon. Testing is the only way to know if it is present. Test kits are left in a home for three months. After three months, the test unit is mailed to the lab for analysis in a pre-paid envelope provided with the kit. Individuals will receive the test results directly.

Free radon test kits are available to residents of Grey and Bruce including First Nations, by mail, while supplies last. Kits include the testing unit, instructions, information on radon and a pre-paid envelope to return the kits to the testing lab. Order yours online at https://www.publichealthgreybruce.on.ca/Your-Environment/Healthy-Housing/Radon/Radon-Registration or by phoning the Health Unit at 1-800-263-3456.

For More Information:

Jasjeet Bola

Grey Bruce Health Unit

519-376-9420 or 1-800-263-3456 ext. 1518 

j.bola@publichealthgreybruce.on.ca

Dr. Hazel Lynn got hers today and you should get yours. Grey Bruce’s Medical Officer of Health knows the flu shot is the best way to protect herself and her family from getting the flu.

Flu shots are now available for everyone through their healthcare provider and select pharmacies. Get yours now. For the more high-risk, the flu vaccine is especially important.

Those at high risk are more vulnerable to complications from flu. High-risk include:

  • Children aged 6 months to 5 years of age
  • People aged 65 and older
  • Children and adults with chronic medical conditions (e.g. diabetes, cancer)
  • Residents of long-term care, retirement homes, or other chronic care facilities
  • Pregnant women
  • Indigenous people

The flu shot not only protects yourself, it helps protect those around you! Health careworkers, household contacts of those at high risk and/or those who provide care to those under five are capable of spreading flu to this high-risk population. Immunize yourself and protect them too.

For More Information:

Sarah Ellis
Vaccine Preventable Diseases Program
Grey Bruce Health Unit
519-376-9420 or 1-800-263-3456 ext.

New measures to protect Ontarians from the dangers of smoking

Smoke-Free Ontario Act, 2017 replaces the existing Smoke-Free Ontario Act and Electronic Cigarettes Act with one single legislative framework Effective immediately, the new Smoke-Free Ontario Act, 2017 (SFOA 2017) regulates the sale, supply, display, promotion, and the use of tobacco, cannabis and vapour products (e.g., e-cigarettes). The new SFOA, 2017 will expand those measures currently in place for tobacco, vapour products and cannabis by prohibiting their use in certain public places. The Act prohibits smoking of tobacco or cannabis and the vaping of any substance in the following areas:

  • Within 9 metres of the perimeter of bar and restaurant patios.
  • On recreation facility property and within a 20-metre perimeter of their grounds.
  • On school property and within a 20-metre perimeter of school grounds.

Grey Bruce Public Health Tobacco Enforcement Officers are designated to enforce these regulations within the community. Individuals with questions related to the Smoke-Free Ontario Act, 2017 can contact Grey Bruce Public Health at 519-376-9420 or 1-800-263-3456 ext. 1211.

For more information:

Angela Newman
Public Health Manager
Grey Bruce Health Unit
519-376-9420 or 1-800-263-3456 ext. 1252
A.Newman@publichealthgreybruce.on.ca

The Town prohibits overnight parking on Town streets from November 1st, 2018 to April 1st, 2019 from 2:00 a.m. to 7:00 a.m.

Snow Plowing Restrictions

Please be advised that Town By-law No. 2014-65 indicates that no person shall deposit snow or ice on a roadway, including those portions of the highway commonly referred to as the shoulder, sidewalk, walkway, pathway, boulevard or ditch, without written permission from the Director of Infrastructure and Public Works.

Parking Restrictions

Please be advised that the Highway Traffic Act, R.S.O. 1990 Chap. H-8 Section 170(12) indicates that no person shall park or stand a vehicle on a roadway in such a manner as to interfere with the removal or clearing of snow from the roadway.  It should also be noted that Town By-law No. 2003-11 prohibits overnight parking on Town streets from November 1st, 2018 to April 1st, 2019 from 2:00 a.m. to 7:00 a.m.

Let’s work together to make this a safe and enjoyable winter.

For more information please contact:

Town of The Blue Mountains
Infrastructure and Public Works Department
Phone: 519-599-3131 x 276

The Thornbury Pier is Closed for the Season

Please be advised that the Thornbury Pier has been closed for the season.  The pier will reopen on May 17, 2019.

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

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

Notice of Complete Application - Wakeboard Park

For more information contact Planning Services.

Public Notices

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