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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

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

Direct video link: https://youtu.be/C379uBTOM1c

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 following Town Committee.  The committee appointment runs concurrent with the term of Council, being 2018 - 2022:

      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 Communications Advisory Committee. 

All Applications should be submitted no later than Friday, August 21, 2020 1:00 pm to:

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

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

August 11, 2020 at 9:00 a.m.

The August 11, 2020 Committee of the Whole 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.

August 10, 2020 at 9:00 a.m.

Please be advised that the August 10, 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.

August 12, 2020 at 2:00 p.m.

The Agenda for the August 12, 2020 Sustainability Advisory Committee meeting is now available.

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.

For full meeting details, visit the Council Calendar

To provide comments, please contact:

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

The Town of The Blue Mountains would like to advise the public that a contractor will be paving a section of Elgin Street between Highway 26 and Arthur Street East.

Date: Thursday August 6 to Friday August 7

Time: 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Residents are advised that there may be lane restrictions and delays as a result of construction activities.

For more information please contact:
Town of The Blue Mountains
Operations Department
Phone: 519-599-3131 x 276

August 7, 2020

The August 7, 2020 Grants and Donations Committee Agenda has been revised to include the following:

-Item C.4 Elora Environmental Centre (TBM Tree Trust) Grants and Donations Application

For full meeting details, visit the Council Calendar.

Aug 6, 2020

The Agenda for the August 6, 2020 Attainable Housing Corporation meeting has been revised to include:

  • D.11 Garry and Patricia Graham, Residents Re: Development Gateway Site, 171 King Street East, Thornbury
  • D.12 Malcolm McSorley, Owner, Pita Pit Re: Support for BMAHC Thornbury Site and Public Consultation
  • D.13 Luciana DiMatteo, Owner, Wild Wing Re: Support for BMAHC Thornbury Site and Public Consultation
  • D.14 Maurice Byrne, Owner, MJ Byrnes Irish Pub Re: Support for BMAHC Thornbury Site and Public Consultation

For full meeting details and material, visit the Council Calendar.

The purpose of this press release is to provide an update regarding the status of the paid parking pilot project that is being implemented by The Town of The Blue Mountains.

The paid parking pilot project will be soft-launched this weekend, with the formal launch scheduled for mid-August. The soft launch will allow the opportunity to provide public education and for Town staff to test the software. As part of the soft launch, residents and visitors can expect to see on site signage installed at the four paid parking locations, which include: Northwinds Beach, Peasemarsh Beach, Lora Bay Park and the Thornbury Harbour. Until the system is formally launched, paid parking will not be enforced.

All residents of the Town of The Blue Mountains will be permitted to park for free by either registering their license plate or by displaying the printed resident pass in their rearview mirror. Additional information will be provided by the Town when available, and the printed resident passes will be mailed to all taxpayers within the next two weeks.

A dedicated webpage has been created on the Town website to provide additional information, which can be viewed by visiting: www.thebluemountains.ca/paid-parking.cfm

The Town would like to emphasize that the Resident Pass does not allow for vehicles to be parked in ‘no parking’, ‘no stopping’ or ‘tow away’ zones. All normal parking rules must be followed.

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/ycfxQQSyKeY

The Town of The Blue Mountains would like to inform residents that the hours of operation at the Town Waste Disposal Site will be changing beginning on Monday, August 3, 2020.

The new hours of the Waste Disposal Site will be from 9:00am to 3:00pm on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. The change in hours is to reflect the results of the public survey that was conducted in 2019, which indicated a preference for the Waste Disposal Site to be open on Saturdays. To accommodate being open on Saturdays, the Waste Disposal Site will now be closed on Mondays. The new hours will be in place on a trial basis until the end of November.

As a reminder, residents should follow all public health guidelines, as recommended by the public health unit. Please ensure that you practice physical distancing and ensure a 2-metre distance between other customers and staff members.

If you have any questions about what is accepted at the Waste Disposal Site, please use the TBM Waste Resource app, which is available for download on Apple and Android devices. To learn more, please visit: www.thebluemountains.ca/solid-waste.cfm

For more information please contact:

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

August 6, 2020 at 2:00 p.m.

The Agenda for the August 6, 2020 Attainable Housing Corporation Board meeting is now available.

Meeting Agenda

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.

For full meeting details, visit the Council Calendar.

To provide comments, please contact:

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

August 7, 2020 at 1:00 p.m.

The Agenda for the August 7, 2020 Grants and Donations Committee meeting is now available.

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.

For full meeting details, visit the Council Calendar

To provide comments, please contact:

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

Deadline for Applications: Friday July 31, 2020 at 1:00 p.m.

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 Leisure Activites Plan Steering Committee. The committee appointment runs from August 1, 2020 until December 31, 2020:

  • 1 Member of Council
  • Six Members of the public, preferably equally split between property owners that do not primarily reside in The Blue Mountains and residents that primarily reside in The Blue Mountains

Meetings will be held monthly or as agreed to by the Steering Committee and Consultant/Project Management Team as determined by the project requirements.

Applicants are encouraged to include background information and any special qualifications or interest related to the Committee. Additional information regarding the Leisure Activities Plan Steering Committee can be found in the Terms of Reference and project overview on the Town's website at https://www.thebluemountains.ca/leisure-activity-plan.cfm

All Applications should be submitted no later than Friday, July 31, 2020 1:00 p.m. to:

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

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.

Deadline for Applications: Friday August 7, 2020 at 1:00 p.m.

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 following Town Committees. The committee appointment runs concurrent with the term of Council, being 2018 - 2022:

  • Grants and Donations Committee: 1 public member being sought
  • Agricultural Advisory Committee: 1 public member being sought

Applicants are encouraged to include background information and any special qualifications or interest related to a particular Committee. Applicants may apply for more than one Committee and are asked to submit separate applications for each Committee.

All Applications should be submitted no later than Friday, August 7, 2020 1:00 p.m. to:

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

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.

On behalf of the Grants and Donations Committee, The Town of The Blue Mountains is pleased to announce that the Lobsterfest event happening this Saturday is now sold out with over 550 tickets sold to help support the local community.

All proceeds and funds from the event will directly support local community organizations, including the Beaver Valley Outreach, Clarksburg Legion, Marsh Street Centre, and the Town Grants & Donations Committee, which will further distribute the funds of community organizations in need.

Following all Public Health procedures, the event will feature two 100 person physically distanced seatings, along with the option to take your meal back home to enjoy. In addition, Member of Parliament Terry Dowdell and the Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport Industries, Lisa MacLeod will be in attendance to support the community fundraising initiative.

“This is a great opportunity for the community to come together in a manner respective of physical distancing to help raise much-needed funds for these community organizations. Lobsterfest being sold-out further reinforces our community spirit and commitment to supporting each other,” explained Mayor Alar Soever. “I would also like to extend my gratitude to the Grey Bruce Public Health Unit and our local health inspector for their diligent work in helping to review and provide guidance on the operational plans for this event.”

To learn more about the event, please visit: https://www.lobsterfest.blue

For more information please contact:

Peter Bordignon
Councillor and Chair of the Grants and Donations Committee
519-599-3131 ext. 401

Rob Sampson
Councillor
519-599-3131 ext. 408

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

Direct video link: https://youtu.be/318Zl5bb98I

The purpose of this press release is to provide an update regarding the status of playground equipment and the beach area at Little River Park.

On Monday, July 13, the Province of Ontario announced Stage 3 of the reopening plan, which included the reopening playground equipment. Changes for Stage 3 were permitted to begin on Friday, July 17. Last week, Town staff performed the required maintenance and safety inspections prior to reopening the playground equipment. 

All playground equipment at Town parks, greenspaces, beaches and recreational areas are now open for public use with the exception of Little River Park.

The Town would like to emphasize that the equipment will not be sanitized. Please ensure that children wash their hands before and after use, and maintain physical distancing following public health recommendations, which can be viewed online by visiting: https://www.publichealthgreybruce.on.ca/

In addition, Town crews are working diligently to reopen the beach at Little River Park as soon as possible. Contractors will be completing shoreline restoration and repair work over the next week. Notice of reopening will be posted to the newsroom on the Town website. The Town would like to thank residents for their patience & understanding.

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 by visiting: https://www.thebluemountains.ca/covid-19-open-and-closed.cfm

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/3SENh-_42n4

Notification of Temporary Road Closure

The Pretty River Road will be closed for the replacement of Culvert 213.

Monday, July 20, 2020 to Friday, August 28, 2020

Road Closure - Pretty River Road

For more information, please contact:
 
Operations Department
32 Mill Street, Box 310
Thornbury, ON N0H 2P0
519-599-3131 ext. 271

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

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

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

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

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
  
 

Public Notices

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