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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 the appointment of Inspector Loris Licharson as the new Ontario Provincial Police Detachment Commander for the Collingwood and The Town of The Blue Mountains Detachment.

“On behalf of Council, staff and the community, I would like to welcome Inspector Licharson as the new Detachment Commander for The Town of The Blue Mountains,” explained Mayor Alar Soever. “The Town looks forward to continued collaboration and strong coordination with the Ontario Provincial Police.”

Inspector Licharson brings many years of experience and service with him to his new role.

Since starting his career with the OPP in 1999, Licharson has fulfilled many leadership roles, including as a shift Sergeant and Operations Manager the Sioux Lookout Detachment and the Huronia West Detachment. He then went on to work as the Executive Officer to the Deputy Commissioner, Director of Community Initiatives, and Acting Bureau Commander at the Indigenous Policing Bureau.

“I am very pleased to have Inspector Licharson chosen by the selection committee to lead our OPP detachment into the future,” expressed Jim Oliver, Chair of The Blue Mountains Police Services Board. “He has shown his leadership skills and enthusiasm for policing and community safety in his short time as our Interim Detachment Commander, as well as his willingness to work with our Board. We welcome him to The Town of the Blue Mountains.”

For more information, please contact:

Mayor
(519) 599-3131 ext. 400

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

Direct video link: https://youtu.be/0zs511Tcj_o

The Town of The Blue Mountains would like to invite residents of all ages to participate in user testing sessions to help develop the new Town website. Scheduled to launch this fall, the user testing sessions will provide valuable insight to ensure that the website meets the needs of residents.

The one-on-one user testing sessions will be conducted in person at Town Hall on Saturday, October 2 and Sunday, October 3, from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm. Each session will take approximately 30 minutes. Registration is limited to a maximum of 25 participants.

If you are interested in participating, please call (519) 599-3131 ext. 295 or email the Communications Division using the contact information below.

During the user testing sessions, residents will be asked to complete a series of short tasks to test the ease of navigation and content searchability to ensure that the new website offers a streamlined and user-friendly experience.

“As the primary communication tool used by both residents and visitors, it’s important that the Town website delivers a positive user experience,” explained Mayor Alar Soever. “The user testing sessions will help ensure that the website is an effective tool to share Town news and information”.

To learn more about the website redevelopment project, please visit: https://yourview.thebluemountains.ca/website

For more information, please contact: 

Tim Hendry
Manager of Communications and Economic Development
(519) 599-3131 ext. 282

The Town of The Blue Mountains would like to provide residents with an update regarding the status of construction for the Thornbury Pier Resurfacing Project.

The contractor has completed pouring concrete to complete the pier surface, and has moved on to installing new ladders and curbs. These features, along with final site clean up, are scheduled to occur over the next two weeks.

“We’re excited to see the final phase of this project begin, and looking forward to welcoming our local community and visitors back to the pier,” stated Director of Community Services, Ryan Gibbons. “I would again like to thank all residents for their patience and understanding throughout this project.”

To learn more about the Thornbury Pier Resurfacing Project and to view project updates, please visit: https://www.thebluemountains.ca/thornbury-pier.cfm

For more information please contact:

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

The Town of The Blue Mountains invites community organizations to apply for the Town’s Environmental Sustainability Fund. 

This fund has an allocation of $5,000 that will be split between the successful applications which demonstrate a clear goal of advancing environmental sustainability within the Town.

This year’s fund looks to build on previous successful recipients including a local native tree nursery with Tree Trust TBM in 2021, as well as the Thornbury Community Gardens and Beaver River Watershed Initiative projects in 2020. These projects exemplify how the Town and community organizations can work alongside one another and foster social vibrancy and environmental sustainability.

Interested community organizations wishing to apply must submit their application no later than November 5, 2021, at 11:59 p.m. ET. To learn more about the Town’s Environmental Sustainability Fund and to apply, please visit: www.thebluemountains.ca/environmental-sustainability-fund.cfm  

For more information, please contact:

Nicholas Cloet
Sustainability Coordinator
519-599-3131 ext. 235

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

Direct video link: https://youtu.be/Cxmp423eCj8

The Town of The Blue Mountains would like to advise residents that Hydro One will be completing preventative maintenance work this fall to clear hydro lines of tree branches and brush throughout the Town. The purpose of the work is to minimize the risk of power outages and address potential public safety hazards through preventative maintenance.

Maintenance work will include the removal of non-compatible brush, the pruning of tree branches, and the removal of trees that pose a risk to damaging hydro services.

All properties that will be directly impacted by this service will receive a Notification of Upcoming Work from Hydro One.

For more information, residents are encouraged to contact Hydro One using the information below or to visit: https://www.hydroone.com/about/corporate-information/vegetation-management

For more information, please contact:

The Town of The Blue Mountains
Operations Department
(519) 599-3131 x 276

Hydro One Networks Inc. 
Forestry Services
(705) 733-6752

The Town of The Blue Mountains would like to advise the public that the deadline to submit artwork and to participate in the Community Mural Project has been extended until Thursday, September 30, 2021.

To participate and secure your tile, please visit: https://www.muralmosaic.com/bluemountains/

The Community Mural Project is a collaborative initiative between Events for Life Centres Inc. and The Town of The Blue Mountains that aims to bring the community together and celebrate the resiliency of The Blue mountains during challenging times.

“All of our participants have created their tiles and are so proud of their work. This is a wonderful initiative to connect our community members,” explains Barb Weeden, Executive Director of Events for Life Inc. “We are so grateful to the Town of the Blue Mountains for partnering with us.”

All residents are welcome to participate in this project and will have the opportunity to paint a unique design on either a blue or green tile that will be combined by the Mural Mosaic group to create the final 8 foot wide by 8 foot tall mural. The finished piece will feature the artwork of approximately 400 members of the community.

Once your participation is confirmed, design your tile on any small square canvas, cardstock, or paper. Once your artwork is complete, you will be asked to submit a photo of your creation digitally to be added to the final mural.

The finished community mural will be revealed in October and will be displayed in a Town facility.

For more information on the Community Mural project, please visit: https://www.muralmosaic.com/bluemountains/

For more information, please contact:

Shawn Everitt
Chief Administrative Officer
519-599-3131 ext. 234

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

Direct video link: https://youtu.be/g3B71708IlQ

Public Notices

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