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The Town of The Blue Mountains would like to advise residents and business owners that the spring road cleanup is scheduled to start within the coming weeks, depending upon weather conditions.

As daily temperatures being to climb, crews will start to pick up winter sand, clean catch basins, repair road and boulevard damage, fix signs and complete a variety of other spring maintenance tasks.

Please be patient with the cleanup process as the Town has over 500 kilometers of roadsides to maintain. As a result, cleanup efforts will be ongoing until mid-May. Please keep in mind that some activities such as street sweeping are weather dependent. Thank you for your patience and cooperation.

For more information, please contact:

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

This Friday, March 8th, 2019 is International Women’s Day. The Town of The Blue Mountains is proud to support International Women’s Day and to celebrate the achievements of women within the South Georgian Bay region and throughout the world.

This year’s theme is #BalanceforBetter, which represents that a gender-balanced world is a better world. As an equal opportunity employer, this theme holds true for the Town of The Blue Mountains. In total, the Town employs 41 full-time female staff of which 20 of those individuals work directly in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM).

Local Women’s Day Event

To celebrate local businesswomen for International Women’s Day, a community event is being held at the Marsh Street Centre from 8:30am – 11:00am. Hear passionate and personal business leadership stories from four distinguished local business women!

Speakers Include:

The event is organized and sponsored by Stransky & Associates - IG Private Wealth Management. For event information and tickets, please visit: www.eventbrite.ca/e/women-worth-wellness-for-international-womens-day-tickets-55529256501

About International Women’s Day.: International Women's Day (March 8) is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. The day also marks a call to action for accelerating gender parity.

To learn more about International Women’s Day, please visit: www.internationalwomensday.com

For more information or for media inquiries, please contact:

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

Please be advised that half load restrictions are now in effect for a variety of roads within the Town of The Blue Mountains, pursuant to By-Law No. 2010-54. Where Axle Weight Restrictions signs are in place, the By-Law is in full force and effect.

Half load restrictions may be extended beyond May 31, 2019 dependent upon the weather and road conditions.

To view a detailed map of the roads with reduced load restrictions, please visit: https://www.thebluemountains.ca/document_viewer.cfm?doc=756

Axle Weight Exemption Application Form
To request a copy of the Axle Weight Exemption Application Form please contact the Infrastructure and Public Works Department using the contact information below. 

For more information, please contact:

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

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

Due to the cancellation of Waste Collection Service on Monday, February 25, 2019, the Town will waive the tag requirement for a second bag during the week of March 4th – March 8th, 2019. Please note that the third bag will still require a tag.

To best ensure that your waste is picked up, please have it curbside by 7:00 am on your collection day. Also, please check to ensure that your Full/Empty tab is clearly visible if using a stationary garbage box.

For more information, please contact:

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

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

The Town of The Blue Mountains would like to advise the public a small leak has been detected at the Victoria Street Water Tower in Thornbury.

The Town Water Department is actively monitoring the situation and will be conducting the necessary repairs. There are no structural concerns regarding the integrity of the water tower. The leak is a minor issue and as a result, there is no immediate safety or environmental concern.

Further updates will be posted to the Town website if deemed necessary.

For more information, please contact:

Water Supervisor
(519) 599-3131 ext. 321

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

Watch for the Blue Mountains March 2019 Newsletter included in the Interim Tax Bill. To view the newsletter online, please open the following link: The Blue Mountains Newsletter March 2019

The Blue Mountains Newsletter March 2019

The Town of The Blue Mountains would like to advise the public that a creek realignment and enhancement project is currently underway at the Peel Street and Highway 26 intersection.

The Town has confirmed that the landowner has obtained appropriate permits and approvals for the creek realignment and enhancement project from both the Department of Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO) and the Grey Sauble Conservation Authority (GSCA).

For more information, please contact:

Manager of Development Engineering
(519) 599-3131 ext. 276

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

The 2018/2019 winter season has experienced a number of rain events and with the increasing frequency of mixed winter weather, the Town would like to remind residents and visitors to drive according to the road conditions and to be mindful of changing weather conditions. Special attention should be given when travelling on gravel roads as they may be ice covered which results in reduced traction.

To help remove ice from gravel roads, the Town dispatches heavy equipment graders to ‘ice-blade’ the affected gravel roads. The ice-blade carves a grooved pattern onto the road or snow-covered surface which provides significantly better tire traction. However, since the ice is generally caused by rain, the Town typically waits until the rain has finished before ice-blading occurs; otherwise, no progress would be made as the gravel roads would refreeze once the grader has passed.

In addition to ice-blading, the Town spot sands on hills, curves and intersections where required based on the local conditions. However, ice-blading is generally required before the sanding trucks can operate. The sand mixture contains 7% salt which may be applied to both gravel and paved roads. Using straight salt is not recommended as the salt only temporarily thaws the road which creates potholes and leads to further problems.

The Town operates according to the Town’s Winter Maintenance Policy, which is available on the Town website. The Town’s Public Works Department operates on a single shift with operators assigned to a specific route as directed by the Town’s Winter Maintenance Standards and Level of Service Policy.

For more information or to view the policies, please visit: www.thebluemountains.ca/roads-drainage.cfm

The Town of The Blue Mountains is pleased to confirm that an agreement has been reached between the respective parties to lower the water level in the Beaver River. The process of lowering the water level has been started.

In addition, Town crews are currently using a long reach excavator to remove frazil ice from the river in an effort to promote water flow. Staff will continue to work and actively monitor the situation.

Residents are strongly encouraged to keep off the ice and stay away from the banks of the Mill Pond and the Beaver River. As a result of the formation of frazil ice, it is difficult to identify stable ground from ice coverage.

The Town would also like to request that residents keep away from the excavator while it is in operation as the area around the excavator is an active worksite.

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

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