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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

Media & News Release

The Town of The Blue Mountains is pleased to announce that the Province of Ontario has awarded the Blue Mountains Police Services Board a $300,000 grant through the Proceeds of Crime Frontline Policing Grant Program. The three-year grant will be used to implement a regional Mobile Victim Services initiative.

On Wednesday, August 12, Christine Hogarth, Parliamentary Assistant of Community Safety, presented Ontario Provincial Police Inspector Mary Shannon and Mayor Alar Soever with a notice of formal approval for the grant.

The three-year grant will be used to implement the Mobile Victim Services initiative, which aims to provide support and forensic investigation services for victims of sexual violence and human trafficking within the Town of The Blue Mountains and all Central Region Ontario Provincial Police Detachments. The grant will provide a dedicated vehicle, video equipment, a service dog and staff with specialized training in child advocacy. This will allow investigators to interview child victims in a comfortable setting in their home communities. Previous to this initiative, for child victims from our area to provide testimony, they were required to travel to child advocacy centres in either Orillia or Barrie, which often increased and prolonged the trauma associated with the crime.

“We are extremely pleased to have received this Provincial grant, which is the result of a collaborative effort between The Blue Mountains Police Services Board and the OPP. , explained Mayor Alar Soever. “The Mobile Victim Services Program is an important initiative that serves the most vulnerable in our community when they need it most.”

The Proceeds of Crime Frontline Policing Grant is supported with funds forfeited to the province following criminal prosecutions. These funds are made available to police services through a system of grants to fund local community safety and well-being initiatives. For more information, about the grant program, please visit: https://www.mcscs.jus.gov.on.ca/english/Policing/ProgramDevelopmentandGrants/GrantsandInitiatives/PSDPolicingGrantsRecipients2018.html#

For more information, please contact: 

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

A community survey has been issued to gain feedback and ideas from residents regarding the creation of a Leisure Activities Plan for the Town of The Blue Mountains.

The goal of the Leisure Activities Plan is to anticipate and plan for the growing and changing recreational activity needs and desires within the community. When complete, the updated Leisure Activities Plan (LAP) will identify and prioritize community wants and desires and recommend a sound and realistic course of action to deliver recreation facilities, programs, and services to our residents. The study will identify opportunities for recreation and examine the need for a multi-use recreation facility.

To complete the survey online, please visit the following link and sign in or register to create an account: https://yourview.thebluemountains.ca/leisure-activities-plan. Paper copies of the survey will be available at Town Hall and other municipal facilities as they reopen to the public. The deadline to complete the survey has been set for Friday, October 2, 2020.

“The creation of a Leisure Activities Plan is important to ensure proper planning for recreation infrastructure investments and to also ensure that the entire community has access to varied recreational opportunities,” explained Councillor Peter Bordignon. “Feedback and input from residents is extremely important as it will help to ensure that recreational preferences are incorporated into an actionable plan”.

The results from the survey will be reviewed and analyzed by the Leisure Activities Plan Steering Committee, which includes Dunbar and Associates and Town staff. Project updates will be posted regularly to the project page on the Towns public engagement website: https://yourview.thebluemountains.ca/leisure-activities-plan

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/C379uBTOM1c

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 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 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

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

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

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 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

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

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