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The Town of The Blue Mountains would like to provide a public update regarding the status of Deputy Mayor Odette Bartnicki.

At the Council meeting on Tuesday, June 11th, 2019 Deputy Mayor Bartnicki expressed that she would submit notice of her resignation on Friday of this week.  She has subsequently indicated to the Mayor that she is further considering her decision.

The Mayor and Deputy Mayor met this afternoon and had positive discussions, and we look forward to providing further information in the near future.

For more information, please contact:

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

The Town of The Blue Mountains Water and Waste Water Division is excited to announce that the Town has won first place in the Best of the Best North American Drinking Water Challenge at the American Water Works Association annual conference.

After winning the delegate's choice for the best tasting water of Ontario in early May, the Town of The Blue Mountains went on to be crowned the best tasting water by expert panelists in the Best of the Best North American Challenge. There was a field of 28 competitors, all who had qualified to enter the Best of the Best contest by winning their local events. Two tense rounds of taste-offs to break a tie led to the Town's ultimate victory. The presentation of the award will occur at Town Hall at a time to be determined.

Reg Russwurm, Director of Infrastructure and Public Works, said, "I'm thrilled to have been able to accept the trophy on behalf of our Water Operations Staff. They are the ones who work day in, day out to ensure that our water is safe and now judged to be the best tasting water in North America.”

“This is a great accomplishment for the Town of The Blue Mountains” explained Mayor Soever. “The Town of The Blue Mountains is pleased to represent all Canadian municipalities on an international stage. We are proud of the hard work and excellence that goes into keeping our drinking water safe and of the highest quality”.

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

Golf Course will be Closed for Maintenance on June 19, 2019

Please be advised that the Tomahawk Golf Course will be closed for maintenance work on June 19, 2019.  We apologize for the inconvenience.  

The applicant would like to establish a Bed & Breakfast use in the existing dwelling municipally known as 160 Grand Cypress.

Public Meeting Date: July 3, 2019 at 5:00pm
Location: Town Hall, Council Chambers

PUBLIC MEETING NOTICE

Property Location: High Bluff Lane at Peel Street Public Meeting: July 8, 2019 at 5:00pm Town Hall, Council Chambers 32 Mill Street, Thornbury, ON

The Town will be reconstructing Peel Street and the existing hill will be lowered to improve sight lines.  The existing entrance to 189 Peel Street will be difficult to accommodate in the construction.  It is proposed to sell the block of land to 189 Peel Street to allow a new entrance for the merged lands to improve the Town road system and support the goals of the Official Plan.

For more information on the declaration of the land as surplus to the needs of the Town and the concept of selling the land to 189 Peel Street please see Staff Report CSPW.19.003  

What happens at a Public Meeting?

The public meeting is your chance to hear about the proposal and make your views known. You may also speak at the meeting or submit written comments. Information from the public will help Council in their decision- making process, please have your say!

Any person or agency may attend the Public Meeting and/or make verbal or written comments in support or opposition to the proposal.

Where do I submit my comments?

Your written comments may be sent to the Town Clerk, Corrina Giles by mail or in person:

32 Mill Street, Box 310,

Thornbury, ON, N0H 2P0

Fax: (529) 599-7723

Email: townclerk@thebluemountains.ca

Written comments are requested by 1:00pm, Friday July 5, 2019 so that they may be read at the Public Meeting for the benefit of everyone in attendance. Please note that any submitted comments become part of the public record, including names and addresses.

When will a decision be made?

A decision on the sale of the land has NOT been made and will NOT be made at this Public Meeting.

After reviewing the proposal to sell the land and comments from the public, Staff will make a recommendations to Council at a future Council Meeting.

Questions? Want more information? Ask a Staff Member!

Michael G. Campbell, Construction Coordinator
519-599-3131 ext 275
cc@thebluemountains.ca
 

June 24 to June 28, 2019

Please be advised that contractors will be spraying the edges of the Georgian Trail to control the growth of poison ivy.  Spraying is scheduled to take place between June 24 and June 28, 2019.

Four Positions Available on the Planning Team for the 2019 Run for The Cure in The Blue Mountains

The Canadian Cancer Society is looking to recruit volunteers to join the planning team for the 2019 Run For The Cure in the Blue Mountains that is set to take place on Sunday, October 6, 2019.

Positions are currently available for: Community Outreach, Local Sponsorship, Committee Liasion and Run Day Experience Lead.

For more information, please review the attached position details or contact:

Amanda Delgado

705-726-8032

amanda.delgado@ontario.cancer.ca

The Agenda for the Special Meeting of Council is available.

Please note the start time of 8:30 a.m.

For additional details, visit the Council Calendar.

The Committee of the Whole Meeting on June 10, 2019 has a revision at B.11.1 to include additional deputation materials.

B.11.1 Deputation - Brennan Grange, Bayou Cable Park Re: Bayou Cable Park Proposed Development

For the agenda and list of documents, please visit the Council Calendar.

A Revised Agenda is available for the June 10, 2019 Town of The Blue Mountains Special Meeting of Council.

Revisions include a change in the start time and the addition of a Closed Session.

Please note the start time is 12:30 p.m.

For additional information, visit the Council Calendar

Town of The Blue Mountains Planning Staff are undertaking a Zoning By-law review to consider new Short Term Accommodation (STA) provisions for the Blue Mountains Comprehensive Zoning By-law 2018-65. The Draft Zoning Bylaw Amendment intends to consolidate the previous Zoning By-laws 2009-03, 2009-04 and 2009-05 that regulates STA uses as well as providing some additional clarification and direction with updated definitions, general provisions and parking requirements.

Public Meeting Date: July 3, 2019 at 5:00pm 
Location: Town Hall, Council Chambers 

PUBLIC MEETING NOTICE 

The Council of The Town of The Blue Mountains is considering amendments to the current Municipal Tree Preservation By-law 2010-68. The intent of the changes is to extend the scope of the existing By-law to include trees on larger privately owned parcels of land located outside of residential plans of subdivision which do not currently meet the threshold for protection under the current Town or County By-law requirements. 

Date: July 3, 2019 at 5:00pm 
Town Hall, Council Chambers 

NOTICE OF PUBLIC MEETING

Town of The Blue Mountains Planning Staff are undertaking a series of housekeeping amendments to the Comprehensive Zoning By-law 2018-65. By-law 2018-65 replaced the former Town of Thornbury By-law 10-77 and former Township of Collingwood By-law 83-40. 

Public Meeting: July 3, 2019 at 5:00pm
Location: Town Hall Council Chambers 

NOTICE OF PUBLIC MEETING 

The Agenda for The Blue Mountains Special meeting of Council is available.

Please note the start time is 1:00 p.m.

For additional information, visit the Council Calendar.

The Town of The Blue Mountains is pleased to announce that the current Interim CAO Shawn Everitt has accepted the permanent role of Chief Administrative Officer.

This appointment will officially take effect on June 10, 2019, following the passage of the appointment by-law. The CAO provides strategic leadership for the municipality and acts as the direct liaison between Council and staff.

Mr. Everitt has held the role of Interim Chief Administrative Officer for the Town since December of 2017. Previous to this role, Shawn was a member of the Town’s Senior Management Team holding the role of Director of Community Services since 2005. Shawn began his career with the Town in September of 1993 as the Manager of the Community Centre.

Mr. Everitt states: “I feel privileged to have the opportunity to lead the talented and customer focused group of staff at the Town and live in what I believe to be an extraordinary community. I look forward to working in collaboration with community members, council, staff, and our neighbouring municipalities to continue to provide efficient and valued services and ensure environmental and economic sustainability as well as smart growth in the Town.

Mayor Soever states, “In our first six months in office Council and I have developed a strong working relationship with Shawn and have come to recognize and value Shawn’s experience and knowledge of the Town of The Blue Mountains.  Shawn has a broad vision and understanding of what is important to our citizens in the many unique parts of our “community of communities”.

Shawn’s leadership and the stability he has provided to staff over the past eighteen months in his role as interim CAO make him a natural choice to lead our team going forward. 

For more information, please contact:

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

TOWN OF THE BLUE MOUNTAINS 
CLASS ENVIRONMENTAL ASSESSMENT BRIDGES 2 & 3 AND BRIDGE 13 
NOTICE OF PUBLIC INFORMATION CENTRE

To address structural deficiencies and safety concerns, Town of The Blue Mountains is considering alternative solutions at two bridge sites: 
BRIDGES 2 & 3 are being planned as a Schedule A+ project under the Municipal Class Environmental Assessment, with the Town completing the phases associated with a Schedule B project to increase public consultation throughout the process.  Alternatives being considered include: 

  • Do nothing;
  • Permanently close and remove the existing bridges;
  •  Repurpose the bridges to non-vehicular traffic;
  •  Rehabilitate the existing bridges;
  •  Replace with single lane bridges; and
  •  Replace with two lane bridges.

BRIDGE 13 is being planned as a Schedule B project under the Municipal Class Environmental Assessment. Alternatives being considered include: 

  • Do nothing;
  • Rehabilitate the existing bridge;
  • Replace with single lane bridge;   
  • Replace with two lane bridge; and
  • Rehabilitate bridge and download to property owners on the east side of the watercourse.

Information about these projects can be found at https://www.thebluemountains.ca/bridges-2-3-13-environmental-assessments.cfm. A joint Public Information Centre has been arranged to provide further information to the members of the public, approval agencies and interested stakeholders on the various alternatives and to receive further input. All those with an interest in the project are encouraged to attend.

Date: Tuesday July 9, 2019

Time: 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM

Location: Town of The Blue Mountains, Council Chamber/Atrium

32 Mill Street, Thornbury ON

Comments and information collected at the Public Information Centre will be maintained on file for use during the Study, and, unless otherwise requested, may be included in the Study documentation which is made available for public review. 
Following the Public Information Centre, further comments are invited for incorporation into the planning and design of this projects, and will be received until July 24, 2019. 

For more information please contact; 
Jeff Fletcher 
Town of The Blue Mountains 
32 Mill Street, P.O. Box 310 
Thornbury, ON   N0H 2P0 
Manager of Solid Waste & Special Projects
managersolidwaste@thebluemountains.ca
(519) 599-3131 x238
 

CONSULTANT 
Tatham Engineering Limited 
115 Sandford Fleming Dr. #200 Collingwood, ON   L9Y 5A6 
Emma Wilkinson, H.B.A., B.E.Sc., P.Eng Project Manager 
ewilkinson@tathameng.com 
(705) 444-2565 x2101

 

The Agenda for The Blue Mountains Committee of the Whole Meeting on June 10, 2019 is available.

Please note the start time is 1:30 p.m.

For additional information, please visit the Council Calendar.

Notice of Public Information Centre

Elma and Alice Street Area Reconstruction

July 10, 2019 (6:30pm to 8:30pm) and July 13, 2019 (2:00pm to 4:00pm)

Town Hall Council Chambers

 

This important meeting will be held to review the proposed cross sections for the reconstruction of Elma Street (between Alfred Street and Arthur Street), Alice Street (between Victoria Street and Bruce Street), Louisa Street (100m east of Elma Street), Lorne Street and Park Lane, host a question and answer period and receive comments from the public. The formal presentation will begin at 7:00pm on July 10th and 2:30pm on July 13th.

What is a Public Information Centre (PIC)?

A PIC is an informal open house with Town Staff and Consultants.  For the purposes of this PIC, Staff and Consultants will be offering information to you about the progress of design options for Elma and Alice Street Area Reconstruction.  Both Staff and Consultants will be pleased to discuss and answer any questions you may have about the cross sections presented for the reconstruction of these streets.

What should I expect to learn at this PIC?

Should you attend this important PIC, you should expect to learn more about the following: 

  • Existing conditions
  • Work and public consultation completed to date
  • Recommended solution
  • Project timing

Information presented at the Public Information Centre will be available for viewing on the Town’s website at: https://www.thebluemountains.ca/elma-alice-street-reconstruction.cfm

For more information please contact: 
Construction Coordinator
519-599-3131 ext. 275

The Blue Mountains Attainable Housing Corporation is considering the adoption of a Purchasing Policy for use by the Corporation which will outline the guiding principles of public procurement and the approach that the BMAHC will take when procuring goods and services “purchasing”. The detailed purchasing procedures, once approved, shall be consulted prior to proceeding with any procurement.

At the regularly scheduled May 21, 2019 Attainable Housing Corporation meeting, the Board of Directors for the Attainable Housing Corporation directed that the draft Attainable Housing Corporation Purchasing Policy be posted to the Attainable Housing Corporation website to receive comments from members of the public and Town staff utilizing the Town’s Public Meeting process.
The draft Purchasing Policy for The Blue Mountains Attainable Housing Corporation can be accessed through the Attainable Housing Corporation website.

Regular meeting dates for The Blue Mountains Attainable Housing Corporation are posted to the Attainable Housing Corporation website, along with the links to meeting materials, as applicable.

Attainable Housing Corporation website: http://thebluemountainshousing.ca/.

Public Meeting Notice

Call for Directors open now for The Blue Mountains Attainable Housing Corporation

The Blue Mountains Attainable Housing Corporation is seeking applications in the form of letters of interest, and resumes, from members of the public for appointment to The Attainable Housing Corporation Board of Directors.

  • 9 member Board of Directors, 7 Directors have been previously appointed
  • 2 additional Directors being sought

In the letters of interest and resumes, applicants are encouraged to include background information and any special qualifications or interest related attainable housing. The Attainable Housing Corporation is seeking candidates preferably with experience in communications and project management however, all interested individuals are encouraged to apply. Successful applicants should be prepared to participate in day-time and evening meetings at least once monthly and commit enough time to read meeting materials in advance of the meeting.

For additional information regarding the Attainable Housing Corporation, please visit the Attainable Housing Corporation website.

All Applications should be submitted no later than Tuesday, June 25, 2019 at 1:00 pm to:

The Blue Mountains Attainable Housing Corporation
Attention:  Attainable Housing Corporation Chair
32 Mill Street, PO Box 310
Thornbury, Ontario       N0H 2P0

Personal information provided by the applicant is collected under the authority of the Municipal Act, 2001 and will be used for the purpose of candidate selection.  The Attainable Housing Corporation is an equal opportunity corporation.  Accommodation will be provided in accordance with the Ontario Human Rights Code.

Grey County's 2019 Rural Guide is now available. The guide includes information regarding the following:

  • Frequently used OMAFRA Contacts
  • Frequently used Government Contacts
  • Rural Organizations in Grey County
  • Women's Institutes
  • Agricultural Societies
  • Conservation Authorities
  • Horticultural Societies
  • Farmers' Markets
  • Municipal Contacts
  • Elected Officials
  • Media Contacts

Grey County 2019 Rural Guide

This Public Meeting is being considered at the Committee of Adjustment on June 19, 2019. 

NOTICE - B04-2019 Russell & Shaban

This Public Notice is being considered at the Committee of Adjustment Meeting on June 19, 2019

NOTICE - A09-2019 (Barber / Gardulski) 

This Public Notice is being considered at the Committee of Ajustment Meeting on June 19, 2019. 

NOTICE - B05-2019 (Foster/Hart)

This public notice is being considered at the Committee of Adjustment Meeting on June 19, 2019

NOTICE - A08-2019 (Brown) 

Help Celebrate Parks and Rec Month and the Longest Day of Play this June!

Get outside, explore our municipal parks, PLAY and have fun this month!!

Parks and Recreation Passport Challenge

Visit at least 5 parks on the passport and write down what you did at each one and you will be entered into a draw to will 4 day passes to the Tomahawk Golf Course!  Printed passports are available for pickup from the Town Office, BVCC, Library and Craigleith Depot.  Completed passports can be dropped off at any of those locations by July 5Digital copies are available too.

Longest Day of Play Colouring Contest

For the kids, there will be a colouring contest and submissions will be featured on our website and entered into a draw to win some awesome outdoor prizes!  Submission are due by June 30.  Printed copies are available for pickup from the Town Office, BVCC, Library and Craigleith Depot.  Completed pictures can be dropped off at any of those locations.  Digital copies are available too.

Longest Day of Play Library Event

The Blue Mountains Library will be celebrating the Longest Day of Play on June 21 at 3:00 p.m. at the L.E. Shore Library.  This event is free and all ages are welcome.

The Town of The Blue Mountains has issued an FAQ document related to Wild Chervil. The information was issued as a follow up to the Noxious Weed Control notice that was posted to the Town website on May 24th, 2019. 

To read the frequently asked questions, please visit: https://www.thebluemountains.ca/roads-drainage.cfm

Stage 1 - Water Use Restrictions are implemented from June 1 to September 1, 2019.

Residents may water between the hours of 7:00am and 9:00am and 7:00pm and 9:00pm.
Properties with odd numbered addresses can water on odd numbered calendar days.
Properties with even numbered addresses can water on even numbered calendar days. 

For more information please contact:
Water and Wastewater Inquiries
Town of The Blue Mountains 

The Agenda for the Special Meeting of Council Meeting on June 3, 2019 is available.

Please note the start time is 2:00 p.m.

For additional details, visit the Council Calendar

The Agenda for The Blue Mountains Council Meeting on June 3, 2019 is available.

Please note the start time is 7:00 p.m.

For additional details, visit the Council Calendar.

Notice- Tourism Matters in The Town of The Blue Mountains

In partnership with Grey County Tourism, local tourism providers, and neighbouring municipalities the Town of The Blue Mountains is proud to be celebrating Canadian Tourism Week. The purpose of the celebration is to highlight the importance of tourism throughout all Grey County communities and across Canada through showcasing world-class tourism attractions, beautiful natural landscapes, and local experiences.

Coordinated by the Tourism Industry Association of Canada (TIAC), Tourism Week is a national grassroots initiative that brings attention to the economic, social and cultural opportunities available to Canada, Grey County, and the Town of The Blue Mountains through travel and tourism.

“Tourism is an important part of our community and local economy,” explained Mayor Alar Soever. “Tourism Week is a great opportunity to reflect and celebrate upon the significant role that tourism plays in contributing to our community”.

Residents and visitors are encouraged to participate and share their own tourism experiences, stories and pictures on social media by using the hashtag #TourismMattersInGrey. Photos and posts can include any tourism-related images such as your favourite tourism friendly businesses, attractions, events, natural sites and hidden gems throughout the community.

“On behalf of Council, I would like to extend my gratitude and appreciation to all tourism providers and tourism-related businesses within the community. I would also like to thank residents and business owners for fostering a welcoming and positive community environment for visitors to experience and enjoy” explained Mayor Soever.

To learn more about Tourism across Grey County, please visit: https://www.visitgrey.ca/

For more information, please contact:

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

Notice- Town Landfill Survey

The Town of The Blue Mountains is seeking input from residents, businesses and stakeholders with respect to the hours of operation and diversion programs for the Town Landfill / Solid Waste Disposal Site.

The purpose of the survey is to gain feedback related to the level of service at the Town Landfill and the scope of recycling diversion programs that the Town offers.

An online survey will be available until June 19th, 2019 at 12pm (noon). All survey responses will be anonymous. To access the survey, please visit: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/TBMLandfill

Hardcopies of the survey will also be made available at the Landfill, Town Hall, L.E. Shore Memorial Library, Craigleith Heritage Depot and the Beaver Valley Community Centre.

For more information, please contact:

Supervisor, Solid Waste & Special Projects
(519) 599-3131 ext. 238

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

Commencing May 22, 2019, weather permitting, and ending July 7, 2019, the County of Grey and the Town of The Blue Mountains intend to control noxious weeds along the county and municipal roadsides under their respective jurisdiction as listed below. We will be using Truvist Herbicide, which contains the active ingredients, Chlorsulfuron and Aminocyclopyrachlor. PCP Registration Number 30920 in combination with Hasten NT Spray Adjuvant, which contains active ingredients Methyl and ethyl oleate (esterified vegetable oil). PCP Registration Number 28277 under the Pest Control Products Act.

County of Grey Roads:
All Rural Roads within the Jurisdiction of Grey County
Contact information:  Graham Wilson, 1-800-567-4739

Town of The Blue Mountains roads:
All Rural Roads within the Jurisdiction of the Town of Blue Mountains
Contact information: Jim McCannell, 1-888-258-6867

For general and product information, call collect:
Steve Ford, Green Stream, 1-905-510-1229

The pesticide application will be conducted by a licensed technician and only applied to grass roadside areas that appear to be visually unkept and where there is evidence of noxious weeds. The primary purpose of spraying pesticide is to proactively control the spread of Wild Chervil.

What is Wild Chervil?

Wild chervil is a herbaceous biennial or short-lived perennial from the parsley family, introduced to North America from Europe. It was first brought to North America as part of European wildflower seed mix used for plantings along hedgerows and meadows.

This species is short-lived, forming a rosette of only leaves in the first year, then flowering and producing seeds in the second year. As a heavy seed producer, it is easily spread to new locations. Wild chervil has few checks on its population in North America and can quickly take over an area, displacing native species and forming dense stands that are difficult to control.

Source: Ontario’s Invading Species Awareness Program

Opt-out of Pesticide Spraying

To opt-out of pesticide spraying on the roadside portion adjacent to your property, residents are encouraged to employ stewardship and regularly maintain the grass and ditch areas to assist in the control of Wild Chervil. The pesticide is only applied to grass roadside areas that appear to be visually unkept and where there is evidence of noxious weeds. If the area is regularly cut and maintained, the Wild Chervil will not have the opportunity to grow and seed.

For more information, please contact:

Infrastructure and Public Works Department
(519) 599-3131 ext. 276

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

The Revised Agenda for the Special Committee of the Whole Meeting on May 27, 2019 is available.

Please note the revisions include a revised Agenda, additions at B.1.4, B.6.2, B.10.1, B.11.2, B.11.3 and revision to Agenda item B.1.3.

For additional information, visit the Council Calendar.

The farm cidery business known as “Spy Cider House and Distillery” has proposed the temporary use of a trailer for an office and two storage containers on the subject lands
Property Location: 808108 24th Sideroad (Clarksburg)
Public Meeting: June 10, 2019 at 5:00 PM, Town Hall, Council Chambers, 32 Mill Street, Thornbury, ON

Public Meeting Notice 

Meaford Golf Club is Offering Beginner and Women's Golf Programs Starting the week of May 21, 2019

Beginner Program

Learn to golf this summer at the Meaford Golf Club. This season  2,  four week programs will be offered for both men & women that have always wanted to learn the game of golf.  Golf clubs will be provided for all participants and the program will include instruction at our practice range as well as 9 holes of golf on day 4 of the program.

Session #1 (Thursday Evenings 6:00 P.M. – 7:30 P.M.)

  • Thursday May 23 - Short Game Clinic
  • Thursday May 30 - Full Swing Clinic –Irons
  • Thursday June 6 - Full Swing Clinic – Woods & Hybrids
  • Thursday June 13 - 9 Holes of Golf - Scramble Format

Session #2 (Thursday Evenings 6:00 P.M. – 7:30 P.M.)

  • Thursday June 20 – Short Game
  • Thursday June 27 – Full Swing Clinic – Irons
  • Thursday July 4 – Full Swing Clinic – Woods & Hybrids
  • Thursday July 11 – 9 Holes of Golf –Scramble Format                                                                                                       

Cost: $130 per person (includes 90 minutes of instruction, golf clubs, range balls and taxes)

Women's Clinics

  • Basic Swing Fundamentals - Tips & Practice Drills: Tuesday  May 21   (10 A.M. – 11 A.M.)
  • Short Game - Putting Clinic - Tips & Practice Drills: Tuesday  May 28   (10 A.M. – 11 A.M.)
  • Short Game - Chipping & Pitching - Tips & Practice Drills: Tuesday  June 4  (10 A.M. – 11 A.M.)
  • Full Swing Clinic - Irons: Tuesday  June 11  (10 A.M. – 11 A.M.)
  • Full Swing Clinic - Woods & Hybrid Clubs: Tuesday  June 18  (10 A.M. – 11 A.M.)
  • Special Clinic - Difficult Lies & Problem Shots: Tuesday  June 25  (10 A.M. – 11 A.M.)                           

Cost: $20.00 per clinic or $55.00 for a package of 3 clinics (prices includes one hour of instruction, range balls and taxes)   

To register for either program, call Cameron at 705-441-0865 or email baygolfacademy@bell.net

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

Curbside Garbage and Recyclables Collection will occur as usual on Victoria Day Monday, May 20, 2019

Curbside Garbage and Recyclables Collection will occur as usual on Victoria Day Monday, May 20, 2019. 

For more information visit our website: www.thebluemountains.ca/solid-waste.cfm  or download the App: TBM Waste Resource available for Apple & Android. 

The Town of The Blue Mountains would like to advise residents that between May 15th - June 30th 2019, Union Gas will be conducting maintenance inspections on their infrastructure located within Thornbury.

The maintenance inspections will take place at multiple sites throughout Thornbury. The work at each site is expected to take between 2 -3 hours. Please expect temporary traffic delays during this time.

Click to view a map of infrastructure locations

For more information, please contact: 

Infrastructure & Public Works
(519) 599-3131 ext. 276

Revised - Notice of Public Information Centre - Peel Street Preliminary Engineering

Dates: July 11, 2019 (6:30pm to 8:30pm) and July 13, 2019 (10:00am to 12:00pm)
The formal presentation will begin at 7:00pm on July 11 and 10:30am on July 13.
Location: Town Hall, Council Chambers

This important meeting will be held to review the proposed options for the reconstruction of Peel Street between Hwy 26 and Georgian Bay, host a question and answer period and receive comments from the public.

A PIC is an informal open house with Town Staff and Consultants. For the purposes of this PIC, Staff and Consultants will be offering information to you about the progress of design options for Peel Street’s reconstruction. Both Staff and Consultants will be pleased to discuss and answer any questions you may have about the options for reconstruction of Peel Street.

For more information please contact: 
Construction Coordinator
519-599-3131 ext. 275
 

Available at the Town Office for $275 per pass!

If you hate carrying cash but you still want to golf at the Tomahawk Golf Course, consider purchasing a season pass for $275 (including HST). 

Passes are available at the Town Office (32 Mill Street in Thornbury) or from staff at the Tomahawk Golf Course.  Each membership includes a blue Tomahawk golf towel that takes the place of a membership card. 

Owners of independently owned and operated tourism businesses in BruceGreySimcoe can now access support through the unique T3 Accelerator program.

T3 Accelerator Program Launched

Click to watch the video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r-dXaS2bmbA

Owners of established tourism businesses now have support available through a unique program in Bruce, Grey and Simcoe counties.  

TAccelerator, launched by Regional Tourism Organization 7 and the Centre for Business and Economic Development in Collingwood, invites independently owned and operated tourism businesses to apply for coaching assistance to help their business develop and succeed. Once accepted into T3 Accelerator, an extensive assessment of business operations and tourism offerings is undertaken by an experienced team of general business and tourism specialists to identify business development strategies for your business. Owners then receive suitable coaching and resources from the T3 Team and partner organizations. 

For the past several months, seven businesses have been participating in the pilot and the feedback has been very positive.  

“Success is what the program is all about and with the coaching we have tapped into resources we didn’t know were available to us” says Peter Doner and Barbara Barta of Oasis by the Bay Vacation Suites. “T3 made us stop and reevaluate our business. I’ve taken a lot away that has shifted our focus to be more targeted,” Barta adds.

The structure of T3 Accelerator was developed after extensive research and consulting local tourism businesses. T3 Accelerator was built upon a similar program run for almost a decade in Northumberland County. Bill Sullivan, RTO7 CEO, says “I am blown away by the level of commitment that the team members have invested into developing this program. This is a unique support program that will have a significant impact on those tourism businesses involved.”

“Small business represents one of the most important facets of our economy and this exciting coaching program is already proving to be a great tool to those involved.” states Gillian Fairley, General Manager of the Centre for Business and Economic Development.

Central to the program are volunteer coaches. Scott Allison, one of the T3 coaches is sharing his professional knowledge and experience gained during his own career in the hotel and travel industries including 10 years on the board of Destination Canada. Like Mr. Allison, many of the T3 coaches have retired to live in our amenity-rich community.

Mr. Allison explains “tourism’s lifeblood is driven by entrepreneurs and their visions.”  He added “helping local business owners succeed is in itself rewarding, and being part of the T3team has given me great satisfaction.”

Program details can be found on the RTO7.ca website.

For more information:
Sue Ainley
Project Coordinator, T3 Accelerator 
sue@ainleygroup.com

https://rto7.ca/Public/Programs/T3-Accelerator-Program

The Council of The Corporation of The Town of The Blue Mountains passed Development Charge By-law No. 2019-17 on the 24th day of April 2019.

TAKE NOTICE that the Council of The Corporation of The Town of The Blue Mountains passed Development Charge By-law No. 2019-17 on the 24th day of April 2019, under Section 2 of the Development Charges Act, 1997.

AND TAKE NOTICE that any person or organization may appeal to the Local Planning Appeal Tribunal under Section 14 of the Act, in respect of the Development Charges By-law, by filing with the Clerk of the Town of The Blue Mountains no later than Monday, June 3rd, 2019, a notice of appeal setting out the objection to the By-law and the reasons supporting the objection. A processing fee will be payable to The Blue Mountains Clerk’s Office with the appeal application. The appellant is advised to contact the Local Planning Appeal Tribunal to access required forms and applicable Provincial fees.

The charges in the aforementioned By-law will apply to all new residential and non-residential development, subject to certain terms, conditions and limited exemptions as identified therein. Town-wide development charges are levied against new development to pay for the increased capital costs related to the provision of municipal services such as General Government, Public Library, Fire Services, Police Department, Parks and Recreation, Public Works, Parking and By-law, Solid Waste, Town-wide Roads and Related services. A distinct Roads and Related charge has been calculated for the Castle Glen service area, as the needs attributable to development in this area are unique.

Rates imposed for the Service Areas of Craigleith, Castle Glen, Osler, Thornbury East, Thornbury West, Clarksburg, Lora Bay (SA1, SA2 and SA3), Camperdown and Swiss Meadows are related to the provision of Water and Sanitary Sewer services. Schedules 1 to 4 set out the residential and non-residential development charge rates applicable throughout the Town by service area. Map 1 delineates all applicable Service Areas within the Town in which the area-specific charges are applied.

The development charges imposed under the By-law come into effect on April 24th, 2019. Copies of the complete Development Charge By-law are available for examination during regular business hours (weekdays from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.) in the offices of the municipality located at 32 Mill Street Thornbury, ON and on the website at www.thebluemountains.ca. For further information, please contact the Clerk’s Office.

CAO Hiring Sub-Committee - April 26, 2019 - 8:00 a.m. Code of Conduct Review Committee - April 26, 2019 - 9:30 a.m.

The Agendas for the April 26, 2019 CAO Hiring Sub-Committee and the Code of Conduct Review Committee are available.

Agenda - CAO Hiring Sub-Committee

Agenda - Code of Conduct Review Committee

For additional details, visit the Council Calendar.

This Public Notice on Minor Variance #A07-2019 (Terra Brook Homes) will be heard by the Committee of Adjustment at an upcoming Committee meeting on May 15, 2019.

Public Notice

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

For more information visit Water Restrictions 

Contact Us

General Water Inquiries 519-599-3131 x. 284  Water Services 

Landscape Watering Permit - Infrastructure & Public Works Department 519-599-3131 x. 276  Infrastructure and Public Works Department

The agenda for the Town of The Blue Mountains Committee of the Whole Meeting on April 29, 2019 is available.

Please note the start time is 1:00 p.m.

For additional details, visit the Council Calendar.

Conserving our vital water supply is a priority across the Community

Get your Rain Barrel through Blue Mountains Animal Shelter for $55.
Order online at www.rainbarrel.ca/bluemountains and pick-up your barrel Saturday June 8th outside of Town Hall.

The Town’s Outdoor Watering Restrictions begin June 1st.  Please contact the Water Department for more information. 

For more information regarding your Rain Barrel please contact the Infrastructure and Public Works Department
(519) 599-3131 ext. 276

The revised agenda for the Town of The Blue Mountains Council Meeting on April 24, 2019 is available.

Please note the revision is related to the Agricultural Advisory Committee at B.ii) and G.2.

For additional details, visit the Council Calendar

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:

Water and Wastewater Inquiries  
Town of The Blue Mountains

The Agenda is available for the Grey County - The Blue Mountains Task Force Meeting on April 16, 2019.

Please note the start time is 1:30 p.m. and the location is the Bay Room, Grey County Administration Building, Owen Sound.

For additonal details, visit the Council Calendar.

Health Survey Opportunity in The Blue Mountains

Statistics Canada, in partnership with the Government of Canada, is performing the Canadian Health Measures Survey (CHMS).  This survey will collect physical measurements from Canadians aged 3 to 79, across the country.  Data from this survey will:

  • Provide Canadians with accurate and comprehensive information on the health of the population
  • Highlight current issues and identify future challenges to health and health care
  • Provide researchers and health professionals an important source of data that is not available elsewhere

The process includes an in-home interview with a Statistics Canada interviewer (approximately 1 hour) and a visit to a mobile clinic.

A mobile clinic has been setup in Town of The Blue Mountains until May 15, 2019 and will be located at the Beaver Valley Community Centre – 58 Alfred Street West in Thornbury.

For more information or to participate in the survey, please contact:

Statistics Canada

Toll-free:1-888-253-1087

Email: statcan.chms-ecms.statcan@canada.ca  

TTY: 1-866-753-7083

http://www.statcan.gc.ca/chms

Bridges 2 & 3 (6th Sideroad) and Bridge 13 (Heathcote Bridge)

The Town of The Blue Mountains is beginning an environmental assessment under the Environmental Assessment Act to determine the preferred method of improvement to address structural condition and roadway safety at Bridge 13 – Main Street crossing a tributary of the Beaver River in Heathcote in Town of The Blue Mountains. 

The Town of the Blue Mountains is also beginning an environmental assessment under the Environmental Assessment Act to determine the preferred method of improvement to address structural condition, roadway safety and ability to convey creek flows at Bridges 2 & 3 – 6th Sideroad crossing Mill Creek near the hamlet known as Little Germany in Town of The Blue Mountains.

For more information on these EA's please visit the project webpage:  Bridge 2, 3, and 13 - Environmental Assessments 

If you would like to be added or removed from our project maililng list or if you have a project related question, please contact the Town via the contact form below: 

Manager of Solid Waste & Special Projects 
519-599-3131 x 238 


 

 

The Agenda is available for the April 16, 2019 Special Meeting of Council at 8:00 a.m.

For additional details visit the Council Calendar.

The Agenda is available for the April 17, 2019 CAO Hiring Sub-Committee of Council Meeting at 9:00 a.m.

For additional details, visit the Council Calendar.

Notice- Grand Opening Celebration for the Daisy Market & Refillery

On behalf of Council, Mayor Soever would like to extend congratulations and best wishes to Cassidy Holt for the grand opening of her business Daisy Market + Refillery.

Mayor Soever, members of Council, and BIA representatives along with friends and family celebrated the grand opening of the Daisy Market + Refillery with a ribbon cutting ceremony.

“It’s great to see a new and progressive business open within our community” explained Mayor Soever. “The success of small business is extremely important for the Town of The Blue Mountains economy. On behalf of Council, I wish Cassidy the best of success within her business.”

Daisy Market + Refillery features all natural, small batch beauty and eco-friendly lifestyle products. The refillery is a new addition to the store where customers can bring their own jar or container and purchase a variety of products including: lotions, shampoos, conditioners, soap, cleaning liquids, and toothpaste. The goal of the refillery is to reduce the amount of single use plastics within the community.

Daisy Market + Refillery is located at 8 Louisa St E. in downtown Thornbury. To learn more, please visit: www.daisymarket.ca

For more information, please contact:

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

http://www.daisymarket.ca

April 29, 2019 at 5:00 p.m. at Town Hall

The Town of The Blue Mountains Council will hold a Public Meeting to receive comments on the proposed changes to the Town Special Event By-law 2013-39. The Special Event By-law sets out the rules that regulate special events taking place within the Town of The Blue Mountains.

Staff Report CSPW.19.011 “Updates to the Town’s Special Event Bylaw 2013-39” provides additional information regarding the proposed changes.

Notice is hereby given that the Council of the Town of The Blue Mountains, at its regularly scheduled Council Meeting on June 3, 2019, intends to adopt a new Special Event By-law and repeal the previous Special Event By-law 2013-39.

Public Meeting Notice

This Public Notice is being considered at the Committee of Adjustment on April 17, 2019

Public Notice

The following information has been posted to the Town website upon request from the Species at Risk Program. 

This email is to inform you that the Governor in Council (GiC) is anticipating publishing in Canada Gazette, Part I on March 23, 2019 its intentions regarding whether or not to list a number of aquatic species under the Species at Risk Act (SARA). The Receipt Order referring these species to the GiC for consideration is anticipated to be published in Canada Gazette, Part II on March 20, 2019.

Fisheries and Oceans Canada has previously consulted with you on the potential listing of one or more of these species that may be of interest to you.  We wish to take this opportunity to further engage you in the next steps of the process. 

We therefore invite you to review the Regulatory Impact Statement Analysis (RIAS) once published in the Canada Gazette, Part I, which provides additional information and the rationale for the proposed decision whether or not to list for each of these species. Public comments may be made on the proposed listing decisions for 30-days following publication of the proposed decisions using the contact information provided in the RIAS. 

For further information on aquatic species at risk, you may also wish to view Fisheries and Oceans Canada’s Aquatic Species at Risk website or the Species at Risk Public Registry.

Aquatic species for which listing decisions are being proposed by the Governor in Council under the Species at Risk Act:

Species

Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada (COSEWIC) Classification

Province

Fish

1. Bull Trout (South Coast British Columbia)

Special Concern

British Columbia

2. Bull Trout (Western Arctic)

Special Concern

Yukon, Northwest Territories, British Columbia, Alberta

3. Channel Darter (St. Lawrence)

Special Concern

Ontario, Quebec

4. Cutlip Minnow

Special Concern

Ontario, Quebec

5. Giant Threespine Stickleback

Special Concern

British Columbia

6. Lake Sturgeon (Southern Hudson Bay - James Bay)

Special Concern

Manitoba, Ontario, Quebec

7. Northern Sunfish (Great Lakes - St. Lawrence)

Special Concern

Ontario, Quebec

8. Silver Lamprey (Great Lakes - Upper St. Lawrence)

Special Concern

Ontario, Quebec

9. Unarmoured Threespine Stickleback

Special Concern

British Columbia

10. Black Redhorse

Threatened

Ontario

11. Bull Trout (Saskatchewan - Nelson Rivers)

Threatened

Alberta

12. Plains Minnow

Threatened

Saskatchewan

13. Pugnose Minnow

Threatened

Ontario

14. Pugnose Shiner

Threatened

Ontario

15. Rainbow Smelt (Lake Utopia Large-Bodied)

Threatened

New Brunswick

16. Salish Sucker

Threatened

British Columbia

17. Silver Shiner

Threatened

Ontario

18. Channel Darter (Lake Erie)

Endangered

Ontario

19. Channel Darter (Lake Ontario)

Endangered

Ontario

20. Rainbow Trout (Athabasca River)

Endangered

Alberta

21. Silver Chub (Great Lakes - Upper St. Lawrence)

Endangered

Ontario

22. Spotted Gar

Endangered

Ontario

23. Striped Bass (St. Lawrence River)

Endangered

Quebec, Atlantic Ocean

Mollusc

 

24. Eastern Pondmussel

Special Concern

Ontario

25. Mapleleaf (Great Lakes - Upper St. Lawrence)

Special Concern

Ontario

26. Rainbow

Special Concern

Ontario

27. Mapleleaf (Saskatchewan - Nelson River)

Threatened

Manitoba

28. Threehorn Wartyback

Threatened

Ontario

29. Fawnsfoot

Endangered

Ontario

30. Hickorynut

Endangered

Ontario, Quebec

31. Lilliput

Endangered

Ontario

32. Rocky Mountain Ridged Mussel

Endangered

British Columbia

 

 

 

 

The Town has received an Official Plan and Zoning By-law Amendment applications. The Town has deemed the applications to be complete however no public meeting has been scheduled to-date.

The purpose of these applications is to consider a development proposal for a proposed waterski wakeboard cable park and associated buildings and structures.

Notice of Complete Application - Wakeboard Park

For more information contact Planning Services.

Public Notices

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