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The Town of The Blue Mountains is seeking input from residents regarding key areas of service delivery.

Residents are invited to attend a Community Dialogue & Service Delivery Review Workshop on Saturday, June 22nd from 11:30am – 5:00pm at the Beaver Valley Community Centre in Thornbury.

Facilitated by StrategyCorp, residents will be asked to share their opinion and feedback on key areas of service delivery including: Transportation, Planning, Recreation and Culture, Economic Development and more. The purpose of the workshop is to identify key areas of improvement to create efficiency and effectiveness within service delivery.

Date: Saturday, June 22nd, 2019
Time: 11:30am - 5:00pm
Location: Beaver Valley Community Centre in Thornbury

If you would like to attend, please RSVP by June 12th to Karen Hilgendorf at 519-599-3131 ext. 233 or by email. Click to email Karen Hilgendorf.

For more information, please contact:

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

The Town of The Blue Mountains Water and Waste Water Division is excited to announce that the Town was awarded with first place today at the annual water taste test competition at the Ontario Waterworks Association Conference in Ottawa.

Multiple water samples were entered into a blind taste test competition. The Town of The Blue Mountains water sample was awarded as the best by 950 delegates attending the conference.

“I would like to thank our dedicated water department for their professionalism and excellence within ensuring that the municipal water is safe and the best tasting in the province” explained the Manager of Water and Wastewater Service, Alison Kershaw.

To learn more about Water Services and drinking water quality, please visit:

https://www.thebluemountains.ca/water-services.cfm?is=2

For more information, please contact:

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

The Blue Mountains Attainable Housing Corporation aims to provide more affordable rental, entry-level ownership, and seniors residence opportunities to support local workers, families, and seniors as they live, work, and play in the Town of The Blue Mountains.

The Blue Mountains Attainable Housing Corporation (BMAHC) is taking the next steps to create more attainable housing in the Town of The Blue Mountains. Since its creation in 2014, BMAHC has created two programs, a down payment assistance program and a grants program for secondary suites. BMAHC is now taking action to expand its reach to help develop attainable housing stock in the municipality.

BMAHC will look to the successful Whistler Housing Authority example and use various models for the creation of new permanent, attainable housing for working households and seniors. BMAHC will help build a sustainable community in the Town by focusing on year-round and seasonal rental markets, as well as entry-level home ownership to support the needs of families, seniors, and local workers.

“This is an exciting action plan for BMAHC that will get new attainable housing stock built and will lay the foundation for additional attainable rental and ownership stock in our community,” said BMAHC Chair Rob Sampson.

A recent survey funded by the Government of Ontario titled, “Creating Attainable Housing in South Georgian Bay”, found that housing is becoming increasingly out of reach for the local workforce. 60% of respondents indicated they would live in the area permanently if housing were affordable. Local workers, families, and seniors want to live in the area, but are unable to do so due to housing prices.
BMAHC is taking steps to solve these challenges. Through a competitive procurement process, BMAHC has selected StrategyCorp, an Ontario-based strategy firm, to support the corporation in building the in- house capacity to develop more attainable housing and to lead a procurement process for housing developments.

BMAHC will be engaging the public and council as they go through this process to ensure that its plans and developments are guided by local input.

“Council is supportive of the work being undertaken by the Attainable Housing Corporation. Council will work closely with the Housing Corporation’s Board to engage the public in addressing housing needs in our community,” Mayor Alar Soever noted.

Public engagement opportunities will be posted to the Attainable Housing Corporation’s website (http://thebluemountainshousing.ca/) and advertised within the local media.

About The Blue Mountains Attainable Housing Corporation
The Blue Mountains Attainable Housing Corporation was established as a not-for-profit in January 2014 to augment the supply of healthy and sustainable ownership housing units that are affordable to a larger portion of the population. Its goal is to support the creation of more affordable housing opportunities for those living in the vibrant, diverse community of The Blue Mountains.

About StrategyCorp
StrategyCorp’s multi-disciplinary team of strategists provides advisory services to private, public, broader public sector, and non-profit clients in complex political, financial, regulatory, and public process environments. What sets StrategyCorp apart from other consultancies is its ability to help clients create conditions for success through the integration of business analytical capabilities with a deep understanding of external public affairs and communications environments.

For more information, contact The Attainable Housing Corporation.

Media Release

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

The Town of The Blue Mountains will be receiving a one-time payment of $642,347 from the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing in the 2018-2019 fiscal year.

In a letter to Mayor Soever, Steve Clark, Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing explained that “While this investment is unconditional, it is intended to help modernize service delivery and reduce future costs through investments in projects such as: service delivery reviews, development of shared services agreements, and capital investments.”

The allocation amount was based on a formula that took into consideration the number of households within the Town of The Blue Mountains and whether the municipality is urban or rural.

 “This is timely in light of the Province of Ontario’s decision to review the governance, decision-making, and service delivery functions of eight regional municipalities including Simcoe County,” explained Mayor Alar Soever. “Although we are located in Grey County, the Town and its citizens have a number of existing linkages such as health care, policing and transportation with Simcoe County and in particular the Town of Collingwood. This funding will be of great assistance for the Town as we work with Strategy Corp to identify, review and consider new service delivery models which can build on these ties and increase the efficiency and value of services to local residents.”

For more information, please contact:

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

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

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