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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

Council/Committee News

January 27, 2021 at 1:00 p.m.

Please be advised that the January 27 Committee of the Whole meeting is being rescheduled.  The items on this agenda will be added to the Revised Agenda for the February 1, 2021 Special Comittee of the Whole meeting at 9:00 a.m.

The Revised Agenda will be released on Friday January 29, 2021.  

February 16, 2021 at 3:30 p.m.

Notice of Information Centre - Internet Service Providers

The Rural Access to Broadband Internet Technology (RABIT) Task Force is hosting a virtual Public Information Centre for Internet Service Providers on February 16, 2021 at 3:30 p.m.

Council of the Town of The Blue Mountains created the Rural Access to Broadband Internet Technology (“RABIT”) Task Force to review and explore “matters related to the development, implementation and progress monitoring of sustainable solutions for Rural Access Broadband Internet in the Town of The Blue Mountains”.

To this purpose, Council has approved a Task Force-led Public Information Centre wherein competent and qualified Internet Service Providers can attend virtually to introduce their respective capabilities. The goal of this meeting is for the Town to be introduced to Internet Service Providers and understand the opportunities that currently exist, opportunities that may be available in the future, and to help inform the members of the task force, Council, staff, and members of the public. Internet Service Providers will be asked to provide suggestions to the RABIT Task Force on how to promote provision of broadband internet services to all the underserved areas within the Town. Ideally, this introductory session initiates a process that results in our rural areas being provided with affordable and reliable internet in the near future.

An overview of the meeting format was provided to Council at the January 11, 2021 meeting through a Task Force Report which is linked here: https://pub-bluemountains.escribemeetings.com/FileStream.ashx?DocumentId=1334

Format for Public Engagement Session

Public Information Centres are currently being held virtually due to COVID-19.

The Public Information Centre will be moderated by the RABIT Task Force Chair and will include:

  • Brief RABIT Task Force Introduction
  • Community Profile and Mapping
  • Short Presentations by Internet Service Providers

How do I get involved as a member of the public?

For members of the public who are interested, the Public Information Centre will be livestreamed and recorded.

Watch Public Information Centre live online: https://www.thebluemountains.ca/council-meeting-live-stream.cfm

At this time, the Public Information Centre is being limited to participation and comments by Internet Service Providers and Members of Council. The Town is hoping to understand the capabilities of the various Providers and then provide additional information to members of the public in a subsequent publicly held RABIT Task Force meeting.

Additional information regarding the public RABIT Task Force meeting that will be held following the Public Information Centre will be released when available.

For additional information, please contact:

519-599-3131 ext. 234

January 27, 2021

Please be advised that the January 27, 2021 Council meeting Agenda has been revised to include the following items:

Session rescheduled to February 10, 2021 at 5:00 p.m.

Notice of Committee-Led, Virtual Public Engagement Session

The Community Communications Advisory Committee is hosting a virtual Public Engagement Session to discuss highlights of the Corporate Communications Survey Results and to provide an update on the development of the Communications Strategy.

Insights from the Corporate Communications Survey will assist the Committee and staff in preparing the Communications Strategy for Council’s consideration.

In accordance with the Town’s Notice Policy, POL.COR.07.03 Notice is hereby provided that the Committee is hosting a Public Engagement Session for the purpose of reviewing with the public the results of the Corporate Communications Survey.

FAF.20.182 Corporate Communications Survey Results (note: survey results provided as Attachment 1 of the report).

Why is the Town Creating a Communications Strategy?

The Town is developing a Communications Strategy to foster greater public engagement and improve communications with its residents. The Communications Strategy is being developed by the Town's Communications Division with input from the Community Communications Advisory Committee.

Next Steps in the Communications Strategy Process

The first draft of the Communications Strategy was presented to Council on November 16, 2020. Utilizing the feedback received, the Committee and staff are working to prepare a second draft that will be presented to Council in the first quarter of 2021.

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

To Pre-Register/Participate, please contact:

Town of The Blue Mountains
ATTN: Executive Assistant Committees of Council
32 Mill Street, PO Box 310
Thornbury, ON N0H 2P0
519-599-3131 ext. 306

**NOTE: deadline to submit comments or request to participate is end-of-day Friday, February 5, 2021

 

Questions? Please contact:

Communications Division
519-599-3131 ext. 282

January 27, 2021 at 9:00 a.m.

Please be advised that the Agenda for the January 27, 2021 Council meeting is now available.  Full meeting details are available of the Council Calendar.

NOTE:The Blue Mountains Council and Committee of the Whole meetings are currently closed to the public to assist with social distancing with respect to COVID-19. Comments received from the public that have not been included on the Agenda, will be read at the meeting by the Town Clerk.

The meeting will be livestreamed and an archived recording of the meeting will be posted to the Town's website.

February 1, 2021 at 9:00 a.m.

Please be advised that the Agenda for the February 1, 2021 Special Committee of the Whole meeting is now available.  Full meeting details are available of the Council Calendar.

NOTE:The Blue Mountains Council and Committee of the Whole meetings are currently closed to the public to assist with social distancing with respect to COVID-19. Comments received from the public that have not been included on the Agenda, will be read at the meeting by the Town Clerk.

The meeting will be livestreamed and an archived recording of the meeting will be posted to the Town's website.

January 27, 2021 at 1:00 p.m.

Please be advised that the Agenda for the January 27, 2021 Committee of the Whole meeting is now available.  Full meeting details are available of the Council Calendar.

NOTE:The Blue Mountains Council and Committee of the Whole meetings are currently closed to the public to assist with social distancing with respect to COVID-19. Comments received from the public that have not been included on the Agenda, will be read at the meeting by the Town Clerk.

The meeting will be livestreamed and an archived recording of the meeting will be posted to the Town's website.

The Town of The Blue Mountains is seeking applications, in the form of letters of interest, together with resumes, from members of the public for appointment to the Town’s Committee of Adjustment.  The Committee appointment runs concurrent with the Term of Council, being 2018 - 2022:

  • Committee of Adjustment:

        5 member Committee (4 Public Members + 1 Council Member)

        3 Public Committee members and the Council Member have been appointed

This advertisement is seeking letters of interest for the 4th Public Member

In accordance with By-law 2006-122, being a By-law to provide for payment of remuneration of expenses to Public Members of the Committee of Adjustment, Members of the Committee of Adjustment receive $75 in remuneration per meeting that they are in attendance, as well as reimbursement for mileage and attendance at any pertinent training and/or conferences at the rate of $110 per day

Information about the Committee of Adjustment can be found here:  Committee of Adjustment Information.

Applicants are encouraged to include personal or professional background information and any special qualifications or experience that may be related to land use planning and/or the Committee of Adjustment. 

All Applications should be submitted no later than Friday, February 5, 2021 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.

One (1) Non-Voting Physician Advisory Member

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 Joint Municipal Physician Recruitment and Retention Committee.  The Committee is comprised of membership from the Town of The Blue Mountains, the Town of Collingwood, Clearview Township and the Municipality of Grey Highlands. 

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

  • Joint Municipal Physician Recruitment and Retention Committee:

        1 Practicing or Retired Family Physician (non-voting member) from any of the participating municipalities is being sought 

Applicants are encouraged to include background information and any special qualifications or interest related to the Committee. 

The Committee Terms of Reference can be found on The Blue Mountains website at www.thebluemountains.ca/physician-recruitment-retention-committee.cfm.

All Applications should be submitted no later than Friday, January 29, 2021 1:00 p.m. 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.

January 27, 2021 at 9:00 am

Public Notice

Shared Tower Corporation is proposing to construct a new telecommunication tower on the subject lands. The proposed tower is planned to be 65m in height and is proposed to be a self-support lattice-style tower. A pre-fabricated galvanized steel equipment cabinet is also proposed to be located at the base of the Tower.

Please note that the establishment of new telecommunication facilities is under the exclusive jurisdiction of the Federal Government. Innovation, Science and Economic Development (ISED) Canada is the approval authority for telecommunication towers and requires all proponents of new facilities to consult local planning authorities to ensure local protocols and surroundings are considered during the mandated site selection process. The Town of The Blue Mountains Municipal Telecommunication Protocol requires public consultation for any proposal for new telecommunication facilities.

February 8, 2021 at 5:00 p.m.

Public Notice

The Town is recommending a number of revisions to the powers and duties that have been delegated to Town staff by Council as outlined in Policy POL.COR.07.04. These delegated authorities allow Town staff to perform specific duties and authorize specific activities to take place within the Town without requiring Council approval of each action.     

The Town is also recommending the addition of a delegated authority for the Director of Legal Services to approve requests for relief from the Town’s Noise By-law. 

A list of the proposed revisions to the Town’s current delegation of powers and duties is available as an attachment to Staff Report FAF.20.188 Revisions to Council Delegation of Powers and Duties Follow Up.

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) business day in advance of the Public Meeting (by Friday February 5, 2021 by 1:00 p.m.) will be read by the Town Clerk at the Public Meeting.

Anyone wishing to speak on this matter at the Public Meeting is encouraged to pre-register early, and no later than five (5) business days in advance of the Meeting (by Monday February 1, 2021 at 1:00 p.m.). For those without a computer, a dial-in phone number is available.

Contact the Town Clerk to pre-register or to submit comments.  Comments may also be submitted by calling the Town Clerk at 519-599-3131 extension 232 or via Fax: 519-599-7723.

Comments can also be mailed to: Town Clerk, Town Hall, 32 Mill St. Box 310, Thornbury ON, N0H 2P0

Yesterday, the Province of Ontario announced that the Town of The Blue Mountains will receive $385,000 in emergency operating funds as part of the second phase of the Federal-Provincial Safe Restart Agreement. In addition, the Town will receive $99,000 to help cover 2021 operational funding.

“I would like to thank the Province for its continued support.” stated Mayor Alar Soever. “This funding is  critical to the Town to cover costs associated with COVID-19,”  Since the start of the pandemic, the Town of The Blue Mountains has implemented a variety of measures to ensure community safety and to support local businesses through these difficult times. This funding will go a long way towards mitigating the costs we have had, and continue to have, to keep our community safe. Last but not least, I want to thank our finance staff, who have worked so diligently to manage and document our costs throughout the pandemic, so that we were able to successfully apply for and receive this funding.”

About the Safe Restart Funding

The federal-provincial Safe Restart Agreement is an historic partnership that secured up to $4 billion in emergency funding for Ontario’s municipalities to help them on the road to a safe recovery. Of the $695 million announced today, $299 million is being allocated across all 444 municipalities to help provide more financial relief, as 2021 operating budgets are finalized.

To read the full press release from the Province of Ontario, please visit: https://news.ontario.ca/mah/en

For more information, please contact:

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

January 28, 2021 from 5-7 p.m.

Notice of Public Information Centre (Virtual)

The Town has identified water pressure and fire flow concerns in Pressure Zone 4C which is in the area known locally as Tyrolean Village.  A large portion of the watermain in this area is at the end of its useful life and requires replacement. The works will include the following:    

  • Replacement of approximately 470m of Watermain on Craigmore Crescent and Tyrolean Lane including Water Services to Property Line;
  • Removal of the existing Pressure Reducing Valve (PRV) on Craigmore Crescent at County Road 19 and the addition of 2 new PRV’s, one located on Birch View Trail between Arlberg Crescent and Brooker Boulevard and the other located on Tyrolean Lane east of Craigmore Crescent;
  • Extension of the existing Watermain on Craigmore Crescent to loop the existing Watermain to Settler’s Way (approx. 80m);
  • Installation of approximately 70m of new Watermain on Birch View Trail from Arlberg Crescent to Brooker Boulevard;
  • Restoration of Disturbed Areas.

The Town intends to proceed with this construction project in the summer of 2021.

For more information on the project please visit the Towns website at:   
 
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 January 28 2021 from 5-7 pm.
 

To register for this event and/or for additional information please contact:

Town of The Blue Mountains, Operations Department
Phone: (519) 519-3131 Ext. 277
 

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