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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

July 8, 2020 at 2:00 p.m.

The upcoming July 8, 2020 Sustainability Advisory Committee Agenda is now available.

Meeting Agenda

NOTE: The Blue Mountains Town Hall is currently closed to the public to assist with social distancing with respect to COVID-19. Comments received from the public that have not been included on the Agenda will be read at the meeting by the Executive Assistant.

Please be advised that this Committee meeting will be recorded and an archived recording will be posted to the Town's website. The meeting will not be livestreamed.

To provide comment, please contact:

32 Mill Street, PO Box 310
Thornbury, ON N0H 2P0

July 3, 2020

The July 3, 2020 Grants and Donations Committee Agenda has been revised to include:

  • D.2 Roslyn Morrison, The Institute of Southern Georgian Bay Re: Request for $750 in Financial Support for
    Mapping our Road to Recovery Online Discussion Series
  • D.3 My Friends House Re: Thank You Note
  • D.4 Home Horizon Re: Thank You Note
  • D.5 Hospice Georgian Triangle Foundation Re: Special Request for Emergency COVID-19 Funding

The agenda package and meeting details are available on the Council Calendar.

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

Direct video link: https://youtu.be/uBJe0pk-D0Q

July 3, 2020 at 1:00 p.m.

The July 3, 2020 virtual Grants and Donations Committee meeting is scheduled at 1:00 p.m.

Meeting Agenda

NOTE: The Blue Mountains Town Hall is currently closed to the public to assist with social distancing with respect to COVID-19. Comments received from the public that have not been included on the Agenda will be read at the meeting by the Executive Assistant.

Please be advised that this Board meeting will be recorded and an archived recording will be posted to the Town's website. The meeting will not be livestreamed.

To provide comment, please contact:

32 Mill Street, PO Box 310
Thornbury, ON N0H 2P0

July 2, 2020 at 1:30 p.m.

The July 2, 2020 Attainable Housing Corporation Board meeting has been scheduled to start at 1:30 p.m.

Meeting Agenda

NOTE: The Blue Mountains Town Hall is currently closed to the public to assist with social distancing with respect to COVID-19. Comments received from the public that have not been included on the Agenda will be read at the meeting by the Executive Assistant.

Please be advised that this Board meeting will be recorded and an archived recording will be posted to the Town's website. The meeting will not be livestreamed.

To provide comment, please contact:

32 Mill Street, PO Box 310
Thornbury, ON N0H 2P0

The Town of The Blue Mountains, together with Blue Mountain Village Association and the Town of Collingwood, are excited to co-host a live-streamed virtual Canada Day celebration that you can enjoy from home!

Supported by BruceGreySimcoe and the Province of Ontario, the Canada Day celebration will be hosted by John Eaton from 95.1 The Peak FM and live-streamed from 6:00pm – 9:00pm on www.peaktoshore.ca. The virtual celebrations will include local entertainers such as The Leynes Brothers, Victoria Yeh, Mike McCarthy Band, Singing Soldiers, Shane Cloutier, and Jenie Thai and will showcase the people and places of South Georgian Bay.

“The Town is excited and happy to be able to partner with the Blue Mountain Village Association and the Town of Collingwood to offer virtual Canada Day celebrations for 2020,” explained Mayor Soever. “The year has presented unique challenges and opportunities, and the community deserves a safe way to come together and celebrate our great Country, while we continue to practice safe and responsible physical distancing. This year’s Canada Day festivities will also highlight and pay tribute to the essential frontline workers who have kept this community vibrant and safe throughout the COVID-19 pandemic and its recovery process”.

The Town would also like to encourage residents to shop local as many retailers will be offering Canada Day inspired products and offerings. To view a list of businesses, please visit: www.exploreblue.ca/business-directory

To learn more about the virtual Canada Day celebrations, visit: www.exploreblue.ca/canada-day

For more information, please contact:

Ryan Gibbons

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

June 30, 2020 at 9:00 a.m.

Please be advised that the June 30, 2020 Committee of the Whole meeting Agenda is now available.  Full meeting details are available on the Council Calendar

Please note that Agenda item B.3.9 FAF.20.108 Corporate Strategic Plan Approval will be release on Friday June 26, 2020.

NOTE: The Blue Mountains Town Hall is currently closed to the public to assist with social distancing with respect to COVID-19. Comments received from the public that have not been included on the Agenda, will be read at the meeting by the Town Clerk.

The meeting will be livestreamed and an archived recording of the meeting will be posted to the Town's website.

June 29, 2020 at 9:00 a.m.

Please be advised that the June 29, 2020 Council meeting Agenda is now available.  Full meeting details are available on the Council Calendar

NOTE: The Blue Mountains Town Hall is currently closed to the public to assist with social distancing with respect to COVID-19. Comments received from the public that have not been included on the Agenda, will be read at the meeting by the Town Clerk.

The meeting will be livestreamed and an archived recording of the meeting will be posted to the Town's website.

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

Direct video link: https://youtu.be/0O0AvW8uNxs

This notice provides an update to residents regarding the status of Town facilities, including parks, trails and beaches.

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: https://www.thebluemountains.ca/covid-19-open-and-closed.cfm

The Town would like to emphasize that all Town-owned public washrooms remain closed. In addition, all common touchpoints are not sanitized. Please plan your visit accordingly. 

Closed Town Facilities

The following municipal facilities remain closed until further notice to ensure and encourage physical distancing:

  • Town Hall
  • Beaver Valley Community Centre
  • Craigleith Community Centre
  • Ravenna Hall
  • The Craigleith Heritage Depot

Although Provincial restrictions may be lifted for some of the above properties or facilities, temporary closures may remain in place to allow for seasonal preparation or for modifications to be implemented to allow safe and effective use.

In addition, The Blue Mountains Public Library is open for Curbside Holds Pickup. Branches are physically closed to the public, with programs and services being provided virtually. Please check The Blue Mountains Public Library website for more information: https://thebluemountainslibrary.ca/

Open Town Owned Parks and Properties

The following chart outlines key updates / changes that have been made since the last update was provided on June 10, 2020. To view the full list and for specific information on each property, please visit: https://www.thebluemountains.ca/covid-19-open-and-closed.cfm

Beaches

The Town is pleased to advise that Northwinds Beach will be reopened for public use starting on Friday, June 19, 2020. With the exception of Little River Beach, all public beaches in the Town of The Blue Mountains are now open.

Little River Beach will remain closed due to damage from high water. The Town is currently reviewing options for repair.

The Town would like to remind residents that the Provincial Orders remain in effect and beach areas will actively be monitored and enforced by the Ontario Provincial Police and the Town’s By-Law Department.

To view the status of each beach area, please visit: https://www.thebluemountains.ca/covid-19-open-and-closed.cfm

Tomahawk Golf Course

As of Friday, June 19, 2020 Tomahawk Golf Course will be open for public use. The following operational guidelines have been implemented:

  • Hours of operation are from 8:00am – 6:00pm, with the last tee time at 6:00pm
  • Tee times must be booked in advance by calling 519-599-3131 ext. 350 or emailing teetimes@thebluemountains.ca
  • Tee time bookings will be accepted no more than five days in advance
  • The green fee has increased to $17.50 per player. Exact change is appreciated, and the maximum group size is limited to four players
  • Pull carts will not be available
  • Physical distancing is to be maintained at all times

For more information, please visit: https://thebluemountains.ca/tomahawk-golf-course.cfm

Thornbury Pier

Residents are advised that the Thornbury Pier will remain closed until next summer, with a tentative reopening scheduled for June 2021.

The decision to close the pier was made to allow for the much needed pier resurfacing project to be completed and due to the limited space on the pier to accommodate physical distancing.

A reminder to residents that Town staff continue to remain available by phone and by email during regular business hours. Online services can be accessed 24/7 by visiting: www.thebluemountains.ca/online-services.cfm

For more information, please contact:

Ryan Gibbons

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

Notice- Pride Flag Raised in Recognition of National Pride Month

The Town of The Blue Mountains proudly raised the Pride Flag earlier this week at Town Hall in recognition of national Pride Month and to celebrate the LGBTQ2+ community.

“We are an inclusive community that supports and welcomes everyone,” explained Mayor Soever. “Each year, the Town is proud to raise the Pride Flag at Town Hall to demonstrate the community support and welcomeness to all residents and visitors to the community. We look forward to keeping this tradition of raising the Pride Flag for years to come.”

June 2020 marks the 50th anniversary of the annual LGBTQ2+ Pride traditions. The Pride Flag will be raised until the end of the month.

For more information, please contact: 

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

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

Direct video link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VoRSbn8IlxA

The Town of The Blue Mountains would like to advise the public that at the June 15, 2020 Council Meeting, The Blue Mountains Council approved the purchase of Lot 15 and Lot 17 on Arthur Street West in Thornbury with the purpose of providing a formalized parking area for downtown Thornbury.

Council unanimously approved the purchase of the properties in open session by a 6 – 0 vote in the amount of $895,000, which will be funded from eligible development charges. The negotiation for the purchase of the properties was the topic of several closed session Council meetings.

“The purchase of these properties is critically important to the future success and development of the downtown Thornbury area,” explained Mayor Alar Soever. “The particular properties have been considered as an ideal location for parking for a number of years by the Town, and Council is pleased that we were able to obtain this property that will help to address the significant parking issues in downtown Thornbury. The COVID-19 crisis and the lack of space for dealing with proper social distancing on our main street have served to highlight the need for additional parking space in our downtown core, and Council agreed that now was the time to address the parking issue.”

The closing date for the property is August 2020, or earlier if possible, and it is anticipated that the removal of the structures will take place shortly thereafter. The details of future construction design and the future parking lot construction capital project will be brought to Council for consideration in the near future.

To view a map showing the properties, please click here.

For more information, please contact: 

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

Start time: 6:00 p.m.

The June 18, 2020 Agricultural Advisory Committee meeting will proceed as scheduled in a virtual format. The Agenda is included below for ease of reference. 

Any comments received regarding matters included on the Agenda will be read during the Public Comment Portion of the meeting.

Meeting Agenda

NOTE: The Blue Mountains Town Hall is currently closed to the public to assist with social distancing with respect to COVID-19. 

Please be advised that this Committee meeting will be recorded and an archived recording will be posted to the Town's website. The meeting will not be livestreamed.

The Town of The Blue Mountains would like to advise the public that beginning next week a variety of safety and community reopening measures will be implemented to encourage physical distancing on Bruce Street South in Thornbury.

Of most significance, on Monday and Tuesday, the Town will be installing barriers on Bruce Street South to restrict on-street parking. The purpose of the barriers is to temporarily increase the width of the sidewalk to allow for greater space for pedestrian traffic throughout the summer. In addition, banners have been ordered and will be installed on the barriers to improve the visual appearance within the coming weeks.

The Town will also be installing signage to help direct traffic, along with additional safety and community reopening measures, including the installation of portable toilets, hand washing stations, bicycle racks, garbage containers, physical distancing sidewalk stickers, and benches. These community safety measures will be installed throughout June as the products become available. The Town would like to thank residents and business owners for their patience and understanding as these measures are implemented.

“The addition of these measures is a strong and positive step forward in demonstrating that the Town is focused on ensuring community safety”, explained Mayor Alar Soever. “The goal is to show the public that the Town of The Blue Mountains has prioritized community safety and that our businesses are ready to safely serve the public”.

For more information, please contact: 

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

June 15, 2020 Agenda Items Added

Please be advsied that the Agenda for the June 15, 2020 Council meeting has been revised to include the following items within item D. Correspondence:

  • D.10 Thornbury-Clarksburg Rotary Club Re: Lobsterfest Update
  • D.11 Jamie Morrison Re: Proposed Parking Fees
  • D.12 John Kutchy, President, Monterra Estates Property Owners Association Re: Thank You

The revised Agenda also includes the addition the the Closed Session portion of the meeting to add item iii) with regard to correspondence recevied.

This notice provides an update to residents regarding the status of Town facilities, including parks, trails and beaches.

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: https://www.thebluemountains.ca/covid-19-open-and-closed.cfm

The Town would like to emphasize that all Town-owned public washrooms remain closed. In addition, all common touchpoints are not sanitized. Please plan your visit accordingly. 

Closed Town Facilities

The following municipal facilities remain closed until further notice to ensure and encourage physical distancing:

  • Town Hall
  • Beaver Valley Community Centre
  • Craigleith Community Centre
  • Ravenna Hall
  • The Craigleith Heritage Depot
  • Tomahawk Golf Course and Recreational Area (Re-opening scheduled for June 19, 2020)

Although Provincial restrictions may be lifted for some of the above properties or facilities, temporary closures may remain in place to allow for seasonal preparation or for modifications to be implemented to allow safe and effective use.

In addition, The Blue Mountains Public Library is open for Curbside Holds Pickup. Branches are physically closed to the public, with programs and services being provided virtually. Please check The Blue Mountains Public Library website for more information: https://thebluemountainslibrary.ca/

Open Town Owned Parks and Properties

The following chart outlines key updates / changes that have been made since the last update was provided on May 29, 2020. To view the full list and for specific information on each property, please visit: https://www.thebluemountains.ca/covid-19-open-and-closed.cfm

Beaches

As of Friday, June 12, 2020 all public beaches in the Town of The Blue Mountains, with the exception of Northwinds Beach and Little River Beach, will be open for public use.

Northwinds Beach will remain temporarily closed until seasonal maintenance can be completed. Management and control measures are also being considered to ensure that physical distancing can be maintained.

In addition, Little River Beach remains closed due to damage from high water. The Town is currently reviewing options for repair.

The Town would like to remind residents that the Provincial Orders remain in effect and beach areas will actively be monitored and enforced by the Ontario Provincial Police and the Town’s By-Law Department.

To view the status of each beach area, please visit: https://www.thebluemountains.ca/covid-19-open-and-closed.cfm

Parks & Trails

All Town-owned parks and trails are now open for public use.

The Town would like to emphasize that playground equipment remains closed for public use.

In addition, the Town would like to emphasize that all Town-owned public washrooms remain closed. In addition, all common touchpoints are not sanitized. Please plan your visit accordingly.

Thornbury Pier

Residents are advised that the Thornbury Pier will remain closed until further notice.

The status of the Thornbury Pier will be discussed at the Council meeting on June 15, 2020.

 

A reminder to residents that Town staff continue to remain available by phone and by email during regular business hours. Online services can be accessed 24/7 by visiting: www.thebluemountains.ca/online-services.cfm

The Town of The Blue Mountains would like to advise residents that work within the Tyrolean Village area for the Water Pressure Zone 4C Distribution Improvement Project is scheduled for this Wednesday, June 10, 2020. Contractors will be on-site to complete daylighting work which uses a vacuum truck to expose the existing utility infrastructure. 

To learn about the project, please visit: https://www.thebluemountains.ca/pressure-zone-4c-water-distribution-improveme.cfm?is=27

For more information, please contact: 

Operations Department
Phone: 519-599-3131 x 276

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

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

Watering Restrictions

Watering Restrictions are implemented annually from June 1 to September 1

Stage 1 Water Use Restriction

  • Residents may water between the hours of 7:00 a.m. and 9:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m.
  • Properties with odd numbered addresses can water on odd numbered calendar days
  • Properties with even numbered addresses can water on even numbered calendar days

Landscape Watering Permit

The permit will enable watering for a period up to THIRTY (30) days from the issuance of the Permit between the hours of 7:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m. during any day within said THIRTY (30) day period for the purpose of watering new sod or new landscaping.

To obtain a Landscape Watering Permit please complete the Application form and submit with payment (cheque in the amount of $100 to the Town of The Blue Mountains) 

Contact Us

For more information contact:
519-599-3131 ext. 284
  
 

This notice is for residents of the Town of The Blue Mountains who are supplied with Municipal water. Please be advised that the annual flushing of fire hydrants and watermains is currently underway.

This is a routine maintenance procedure carried out in the Spring and Fall to ensure proper fire hydrant operation and water quality throughout the water distribution system. Lower water pressure due to hydrant flushing may be experienced in some areas. 

Minor water discolouration may occur periodically and can be rectified by letting faucets run until clear.

For more information please contact:

519-599-3131 ext 284
Town of The Blue Mountains

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