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The Town of The Blue Mountains has launched a survey to gain feedback and ideas from local business leaders and residents regarding the creation of a new five-year Economic Development Strategy.

To gain feedback, two surveys have been developed:

  1. Business Community Survey that seeks input from local businesses; and
  2. General Public & Resident Survey that seeks input from residents in the community.

Both surveys are available until February 19th, 2020 and can be accessed online by visiting: https://yourview.thebluemountains.ca/economic-development-2020. Paper copies of the survey are available at Town Hall and at the Blue Mountains Public Library.

“The creation of an Economic Development Strategy is important to ensure that our community grows in an economically viable and sustainable manner.” explained Chair of the Economic Development Advisory Committee, Councillor Peter Bordignon. “Feedback and input from residents and local businesses is extremely important as it will help to ensure that the economic vision is aligned with community interests”.

The results from this survey will be reviewed and analyzed by the Economic Development Advisory Committee and Town staff. The outcomes will be used to develop action items and specific tactics within the strategy. The strategy is being developed in partnership with the Economic Development Advisory Committee and the Ontario Ministry of Agricultural Food and Rural Affairs. This strategy is expected to be published by Summer 2020.

For more information, please contact: 

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

On January 6th Deputy Mayor Odette Bartnicki notified the Clerk and Council of her decision to resign.  The Deputy Mayor stated: “It has been a great honour to serve the Town of The Blue Mountains as Deputy Mayor.  I am proud to have worked with many members of the public to achieve collective goals and I know that together we have made a positive difference in many ways.  I have also been privileged to work with excellent staff at both Town and County levels, as well as elected officials from Grey County and across the province.  I am especially thankful to those who have supported me and my family through the past few months.  This unwavering kindness is deeply appreciated and will never be forgotten.”

Deputy Mayor Bartnicki and her family request that members of the public and media respect their personal privacy at this time.  An information meeting or media release will be provided by Ms. Bartnicki and family as soon as possible.

“On behalf of Council, I would like to thank Odette for her service and wish her all the best in the future”, stated Mayor Alar Soever. “Council will be deciding over the next few weeks on how we fill the position of Deputy Mayor.”

For more information, please contact: 

Alar Soever
(519) 599-3131 ext. 400

The Town of The Blue Mountains would like to provide an update regarding the updated Accessibility Multi-Year Plan and the 2019 Accessibility Progress Report.

Multi-Year Accessibility Plan

The Multi-Year Accessibility Plan outlines the Town’s accomplishments and commitments over the next five years in meeting the Accessibility Standards in five key areas including Customer Service, Information and Communication, Employment, Transportation and Design of Public Spaces. The plan was created by the Town of The Blue Mountains staff in consultation with the Grey County Joint Accessibility Advisory Committee.

2019 Accessibility Progress Report

The 2019 Progress Report is the Town’s annual update on the progress of measures taken to improve accessibility and implement the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005 (AODA) and the Integrated Accessibility Standards Regulation (Ontario Regulation 191/11). This Progress Report includes the accessibility initiatives that were completed in 2019 to implement the strategies outlined in the Town’s Multi-Year Accessibility Plan as adopted by the Town of The Blue Mountains Council on September 30, 2019.

In addition, the accessibility page on the Town website has been updated to include Provincial resource guides to assist festivals and events, and small businesses on accessibility best practices and standards.

To view either the Multi-Year Accessibility Plan or the 2019 Accessibility Progress Report please visit: https://www.thebluemountains.ca/accessibility.cfm

For more information, please contact:

Human Resources
(519) 599-3131 ext. 265

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

The Town of The Blue Mountains would like to provide a public response to inquires about lead levels within municipal drinking water.

The Town operates its water system in accordance with the Safe Drinking Water Act, 2002 and all applicable Ontario Regulations. As a result, there is no concern related to lead levels within the Town of The Blue Mountains drinking water system. Drinking water within the municipal water system is safe and is actively monitored and tested by the Town’s licensed Water Operators to ensure that the high-quality standard for our drinking water adheres to all Provincial Regulations as legally enforced by the Province of Ontario.

The recent reports of lead levels exceeding Provincial standards is related to water coming in contact with lead material found in private plumbing lines and private plumbing fixtures.

Since 2008, the Town has offered a free lead testing program for private homes. Throughout that time, over 200 water samples have been collected with only one private business identified as exceeding the acceptable limit. Upon further investigation, it was determined that the lead found within the water resulted from private plumbing within the home and as a result the issue was corrected by the homeowner.

Within the coming days, Mayor Alar Soever will be contacting the parties identified within recent media reports to offer support and to foster open communication with the Town.

For more information, please contact:

Chief Administrative Officer
(519) 599-3131 ext. 234

The Town of the Blue Mountains would like to advise the public that the Craigleith Heritage Depot has been closed until further notice as a result of air quality concerns.

Town staff are undertaking the appropriate measures to assess the concerns. Further details will be provided when available.

For more information, please contact:

Ryan Gibbons
Director of Community Services
(519) 599-3131 ext. 281

The purpose of this Notice is to notify you that the Notice of Completion for the Town-Wide Water Distribution System Master Plan has been issued. Project information and reports can be found on the Town's Website

If you have any question please contact either of the people listed below, 

Manager, Senior Environmental Engineer
J.L. Richards & Associates Limited
107-450 Speedvale Ave W
Guelph, ON N1H 7Y6
Phone: 519-763-0713 ext. 6522
Town of The Blue Mountains
32 Mill Street, PO Box 310
Thornbury, ON N0H 2P0
Phone: 519-599-3131 ext. 226

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