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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

The Town of The Blue Mountains would like to advise residents that Brook Restoration Ltd. has resumed work on the Thornbury Pier Resurfacing Project after a temporary shutdown due to COVID-19 Public Health Protocols.

As a result of this unexpected delay, the project is now scheduled to be completed by June 25, 2021. Project updates will be posted on the Thornbury Pier Resurfacing project webpage on the Town website: https://www.thebluemountains.ca/thornbury-pier.cfm

“I would like to thank all residents for their understanding and patience caused by this unexpected delay,” explained Ryan Gibbons, Director of Community Services. “Although there is an understandable delay in the original project schedule, the contractor is confident that the new schedule is achievable, which will open the pier ahead of the summer season.”

For more information, please contact:

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

The Town of The Blue Mountains has launched a public survey to gain feedback and input from our residents regarding the redevelopment of the Town website (www.thebluemountains.ca). The survey asks residents to identify what works well on the current website and to identify areas that require improvement.

To complete the short five-minute survey, please visit: www.thebluemountains.ca/survey

“In 2020, the Town website had over 154,000 total users and over 567,000 page views,” says Mayor Alar Soever. “As the primary communication tool used by both the public and the Town, it’s important that the Town website delivers a positive user experience and that it is easy to search and navigate. I encourage all residents to share your feedback and experience on using the current Town website, so we are able to consider incorporating these lessons learned and suggestions into the new website.”

The survey will be available until Wednesday, May 26. Results will be reviewed by the Community Communications Advisory Committee and will be provided to the website development team to help improve the user experience of the website.

Project Overview

The Town’s corporate website serves as the primary communication tool for all municipal information, project updates and community news. Through the budget process, the Town identified the need to improve and enhance the user experience of the website and to increase staff productivity and workflow efficiency through the management of the website.

As the website is often the first touchpoint for both residents, stakeholders, and visitors, feedback from the community is an integral part of the extensive website redevelopment process. The development of the new website is underway through collaboration with the Community Communications Advisory Committee. The goal is to relaunch the new website this fall.

Upon relaunch, the website will:

  • Improve the end-user experience;
  • Feature a new and improved design and functionality;
  • Employ streamlined and simplified site navigation;
  • Improved content searchability;
  • Full AODA accessibility and security compliance; and
  • Enhanced and simplified staff processes.

To learn more about the website redevelopment project, please visit the project page by visiting: http://yourview.thebluemountains.ca/website

For more information, please contact:

Tim Hendry
Manager of Communications & Economic Development
519-599-3131 ext. 282

May 12, 2021 at 9:00 a.m.

The May 12, 2021 Sustainability Advisory Committee package has been revised to include:

-Item D.2 Lorraine Sutton, Resident Re Trees in The Blue Mountains

Meeting Agenda

For full meeting details, visit the Agendas, Minutes, Reports webpage.

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

Direct video link: https://youtu.be/Yri7EKRdi2Y

May 13, 2021 at 1:30 p.m.

Please be advised that the May 13, 2021 Blue Mountains Police Service Board Agenda is now available. 

May 12, 2012 at 9:00 a.m.

The Agenda for the May 12, 2021 Sustainability Advisory Committee meeting is now available.

Meeting Agenda 

Full meeting details are available on the Agendas, Minutes, Reports webpage.

NOTE: Committee meetings are taking place virtually 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. The meeting will be recorded and an archived recording will be posted to the Town's website. The meeting will not be livestreamed.

To provide comments, please contact:

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

May 10, 2021 at 9:00 a.m.

The Agenda for the May 10, 2021 Economic Development Advisory Committee meeting is now available.

Meeting Agenda

Full meeting details are available on the Agendas, Minutes, Reports webpage.

NOTE: Committee meetings are taking place virtually 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. The meeting will be recorded and an archived recording will be posted to the Town's website. The meeting will not be livestreamed.

To provide comments, please contact:

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

May 10, 2021 at 1:00 p.m.

Please be advised that the Agenda for the May 10, 2021 Special Meeting of Council is now available.

NOTE:The Blue Mountains Council and Committee of the Whole meetings are 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 Town of The Blue Mountains has launched a public survey to gain feedback regarding the preferred method(s) of voting for the 2022 Municipal and School Board Election. Residents will be asked to select their preferred method of voting, which includes voting by mail, telephone, online or in person.

Similar to the 2018 election, the Town is considering a hybrid method that could include more than one method of voting. The survey will be available until Monday, May 31, and results will be presented to Council for consideration. To complete the survey, please visit: www.thebluemountains.ca/survey

“Receiving input from electors is integral in the consideration and selection of a voting method(s) for the Municipal and School Board Election,” says Corrina Giles, Town Clerk for the Town of The Blue Mountains. “The feedback obtained through this survey will assist staff in developing a recommendation to Council for the selection of an alternative voting method(s) for the 2022 Municipal and School Board Election.”

Are you a Qualified Elector?

Please note, a person is entitled to be an elector in the Town of The Blue Mountains if, on voting day (October 24, 2022):

  • They reside in The Blue Mountains, or is the owner or tenant of land in The Blue Mountains, or is the spouse of such owner or tenant;
  • Is a Canadian Citizen;
  • Is at least 18 years old; and
  • Is not prohibited from voting under the Municipal Elections Act, or any other Act.

Please watch the Town website for information about the 2022 Municipal and School Board Election, by visting: https://www.thebluemountains.ca/election.cfm

For more information, please contact:

Corrina Giles
Town Clerk
519-599-3131 ext. 232

The Town of The Blue Mountains would like to advise residents of various operational changes that are being implemented at the Town’s Solid Waste Disposal Site beginning this week.

Hours of Operation

Starting, this Saturday, May 8th, the hours of operation on Saturdays will be extended from 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. to 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

The new hours of operations will be as follows: 

  • Monday: Closed 
  • Tuesday: 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday: Closed
  • Thursday: 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
  • Friday: Closed
  • Saturday: 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. 
  • Sunday: Closed

Curbside Waste Collection

Curbside yard waste collection started this week and will continue until Thursday, May 27th. Residents are reminded that there is a limit of 10 paper bags per week and collection will occur during your regularly scheduled waste collection day. Plastic bags are prohibited for yard waste disposal. 

Household Hazardous Waste Disposal

Starting today, the Solid Waste Disposal Site will resume collection services for household hazardous waste products. The Hazardous Waste Depot will be open until the end of September during regular hours of operation.

Pitch-In Week

Residents are also reminded that spring Pitch-In is underway and litter collection bags are available for pick-up at the Solid Waste Disposal Site. If you wish to use your own bags to collect litter instead, please contact the Manager of Sustainability & Solid Waste for collection assistance.

Battery Disposal

Residents are also reminded to properly dispose of batteries by placing them in a sealable clear bag until battery collection starts in September. Specific battery bags were mailed alongside the Waste Resource flyer to local households in March. If you did not receive a battery bag or if you would like an additional battery bag, they are available for pickup at the Solid Waste Disposal Site.

For more information on the Town’s Solid Waste services and to download The Blue Mountains Waste Resource App, please visit: https://www.thebluemountains.ca/solid-waste.cfm

For more information, please contact:

Operations Department
Phone: 519-599-3131 x 276

The Town of The Blue Mountains would like to recognize today as International Firefighters’ Day and extend gratitude and appreciation to all current and past firefighters that have served The Blue Mountains community.

“On behalf of Council, Staff and the entire community, I would like to thank each and every member who has served or continues to serve as a firefighter for our community,” says Mayor Alar Soever. “Today provides an opportunity to reflect on, and thank you for the sacrifices you and your families have made while you were serving on the frontlines to protect our community’s safety and well being.”

The Town asks residents to take a moment today to thank and reflect on the sacrifices that have been made by all past and current serving members of the Town’s Fire Department and to celebrate their dedication to the community.

“I offer my genuine gratitude to our firefighters who continue to serve on the frontlines everyday, especially during these unprecedented times,” says Fire Chief Steve Conn. “Your relentless dedication to protect the residents and visitors of our community is inspiring.”

For more information, please contact:

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

Please be advised that half load restrictions are in the process of being lifted for all roads within the Town of The Blue Mountains as a result of suitable road and weather conditions. The restrictions will be formally lifted when crews have removed the signs. Until the signs are removed, restrictions will remain in effect, pursuant to By-Law No. 2010-54.

Weather depending, it is anticipated that all half load restriction signs will be removed by May 5th, 2021.

For more information, please contact:

Operations Department
Phone: 519-599-3131 x 276

The Town of The Blue Mountains Fire Department would like to recognize Emergency Preparedness Week (May 2-8, 2021) and this year’s theme of “Be Ready for Everything”.

Natural disasters may be beyond our control, but there are ways to reduce the risk and the impact of whatever emergency we might face - whether natural or human-induced.

This week encourages Canadians to take concrete actions to be better prepared to protect themselves and their families during emergencies. This special week is a national effort of provincial and territorial emergency management organizations, and Public Safety Canada.

By taking a few simple steps, you can become better prepared to face a range of emergencies – anytime, anywhere. It is important to:

  • Know the risks – Although the consequences of disasters can be similar, knowing the risks specific to our community and our region can help you better prepare.
  • Make a plan – It will help you and your family know what to do
  • Get an emergency kit – During an emergency, we will all need some basic supplies. We may need to get by without power or tap water. Be prepared to be self-sufficient for at least 72 hours in an emergency.

Visit www.GetPrepared.ca or www.thebluemountains.ca/emergency-preparedness.cfm for more resources to help you and your family prepare for all types of emergencies.

This week, residents are encouraged to take concrete actions to be better prepared. Please do your part! Experience has shown that individual preparedness goes a long way to help people cope better - both during and after a major disaster. Get an emergency kit now - it can make a world of difference.

If you require further information, please contact The Blue Mountains Fire Department during normal business hours at 519- 599-3131 ext. 101 or visit our webpage for more information: www.thebluemountains.ca/fire-services.cfm   

For more information, please contact:

Fire Department
Phone: 519-599-3131 x 101

The Town of The Blue Mountains is asking all residents to participate in testing their home internet speed throughout the month of May. The goal is to add 2,500 more test results to the Canadian Internet Registration Authority (CIRA) database on internet speeds in the Town of The Blue Mountains.

Please test your internet multiple times throughout the month during different times of the day. To conduct your speed test, please visit: www.thebluemountains.ca/speed-test

“I ask all residents to conduct a speed test of their internet service and submit results through the Town speed test website,” stated Chair of the RABIT Task Force, Deputy Mayor Rob Potter. “Data collected will be used to support applications for funding for internet projects in the Town and will help bring high-speed internet to all parts of our community.”

The Internet Speed Test Challenge is an initiative of the Town’s Rural Access to Broadband Internet Technology (“RABIT”) Taskforce in collaboration with the Canadian Internet Registration Authority. The idea for the Internet Speed Test Challenge was created following a meeting held by the RABIT Task Force with internet service provides, who expressed enthusiasm for bringing affordable, high-speed internet service to all parts of the community. Through this effort, the RABIT Task Force recognized the need to have more comprehensive data on the status of internet service for all parts of the Blue Mountains.

About the RABIT Task Force

The Town's RABIT Task Force is a Task Force of Council for matters related to the development, implementation and progress monitoring of sustainable solutions for Rural Access Broadband Internet in the Town of The Blue Mountains.

For more information, please contact:

Rob Potter
Deputy Mayor
519-599-3131 ext. 407

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

Direct video link: https://youtu.be/R4Hz4x-0bfA

May 12, 2021 at 11:30 a.m.

A Special Members Meeting of The Blue Mountains Attainable Housing Corporation has been scheduled for Wednesday, May 12, 2021 at 11:30 a.m.

Notice to the Membership

Agenda 

For full meeting details, visit the Attainable Housing Corporation website.

NOTE: Board meetings are taking place virtually 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.

To provide comments, please contact:

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

The Town of The Blue Mountains is providing this advance notice to rural residents to advise that the annual noxious weed control program to manage Wild Chervil will be continuing for 2021.

The pesticide application will be conducted by a licensed technician and only applied to roadside areas that appear to be visually unkept and where there is evidence of Wild Chervil. In addition, a map has been included in this notice to help identify the approximate areas where the pesticide will be sprayed.

Click here to view the map: Wild Chervil Spraying Map 2021

The noxious weed control program is regulated under the Weed Control Act and is used to control and eradicate Wild Chervil, which is deemed as a noxious weed in the Province of Ontario. The spraying will occur over four consecutive days, between the middle of May to June, depending upon the weather, and the Town will issue a formal notice on the newsroom of the Town website before the spraying starts.

Opt-out of Pesticide Spraying and Do Not Spray Signs

To opt-out of pesticide spraying on the road allowance fronting a property, residents should contact the Town to receive a ‘Do Not Spray’ sign that can be installed on the road allowance at the limits of the property’s frontage. In addition, the contractors have been advised to only apply the pesticide to grass roadside areas that appear to be visually unkept and where there is evidence of Wild Chervil.

It is important to note that Under the Weed Control Act, the Town is required to control Wild Chervil. Regardless of posted signs, unmaintained sections of the Town road allowance will still be sprayed if there is evidence of wild chervil.

If you have questions about this process or would like to request a sign, please call 519-599-3131 ext. 259. 

Proactive Monitoring & Cooperative Compliance

The Town remains committed to ensuring that the spread of Wild Chervil is managed and controlled. To that end, the Town recently appointed an additional Weed Inspector who will be trained on Wild Chervil identification and who will be available to assist residents. Enforcement of the Town’s Noxious Weed Bylaw continues to place emphasis on education and cooperative compliance. In addition, Town staff will be monitoring Wild Chervil throughout the season in an effort to assess the effectiveness of control and reducing spread.

Shared Stewardship

Wild Chervil is detrimental to agricultural lands. The Town encourages all property owners and residents to actively identify and eliminate Wild Chervil on their own properties in fields, lawns and gardens to help reduce the spread of this noxious weed. To assist with identification and elimination options, please visit the following Wild Chervil FAQ page on the Town website: https://www.thebluemountains.ca/roads-drainage.cfm

Additional Information on Wild Chervil can be found by visiting the Ontario Invading Species Awareness Program website: http://www.invadingspecies.com/wild-chervil/

It is also important to understand that Wild chervil can be confused with Queen Anne’s lace (Daucus carota). However, the leaves of wild chervil are more distinctively fernlike in shape. The umbels of Queen Anne’s lace have bracts below them, while the umbels of wild chervil do not have bracts. Wild chervil usually flowers in mid-to-late spring; Queen Anne’s lace flowers later in the season. https://cisma-suasco.org/invasive/wild-chervil/

Road Jurisdiction

It is also important to understand that the Town of The Blue Mountains will only be spraying rural roads that are within the jurisdiction of the Town of Blue Mountains.

All County roads are within the jurisdiction of County of Grey, which administers their own noxious weed control program. For information, please visit: www.grey.ca

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

What Chemical is Being Sprayed?

The licensed contractor 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. Truvist is an approved herbicide shown to be effective in controlling Wild Chervil along the Town road allowance.

To learn more or to view a detailed FAQ regarding the noxious weed control program, please visit: www.thebluemountains.ca/roads-drainage.cfm

For more information, please contact:

Operations Department
Phone: 519-599-3131 x 259

The Town of The Blue Mountains would like to advise residents who are supplied with Municipal Water 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:
Operations Department
Water and Wastewater Inquiries  
(519) 599-3131 ext. 284

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

Direct video link: https://youtu.be/UIArPcNORt4

The Town of The Blue Mountains would like to advise residents that enhanced patrols by the Ontario Provincial Police and Town By-law staff, including foot patrols and ATV patrols, will be happening this weekend at all common fishing locations throughout the Town of The Blue Mountains. Patrols will be focused on anyone trespassing on private property or not following Provincial Stay-at-Home Order outlined in Ontario Regulation 82/20.

“Although fishing is permitted under the current Provincial Stay-at-Home Order, anglers are reminded to be respectful and maintain the appropriate 2-metre physical distancing guideline, and to only gather with members of your own household,” stated Mayor Alar Soever.

In addition, the Province of Ontario is asking individuals to refrain from non-essential travel outside of the region that they reside. For more information on the Provincial Stay-at-Home Order, visit: https://covid-19.ontario.ca/zones-and-restrictions

The Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry has not restricted, delayed or cancelled the Provincial fishing season, or restricted access to Crown Land. Similarly, the Town has not implemented any additional fishing or hunting access restrictions for Town owned lands. However, as outlined in Ontario Regulation 82/20, the Thornbury Harbour will remain closed to the public, with the exception of repairs or maintenance to boats or watercraft..

To view mapping that includes the open/closed status of parks, trails, greenspaces and recreational areas within the Town of The Blue Mountain, visit: https://www.thebluemountains.ca/covid-19-open-and-closed.cfm

For more information, please contact:

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

The Town of The Blue Mountains would like to advise residents that the Thornbury Pier Resurfacing Project has been delayed following public health guidance and in response to the required measures to be taken related to COVID-19.

On Tuesday, April 20, the Town was informed by Brook Restoration Ltd. that the crew working on the project have been identified as close contacts to an individual that tested positive for COVID-19. As a result, and in accordance with public health protocols, the construction site has been temporarily shut down.

The Town has confirmed that the contractors worked exclusively within the fenced construction site and it is believed they did not have any interactions outside their crew. In the event of a close contact within the community, only those contacted by the Grey Bruce Public Health Unit would need to take any additional steps, including asymptomatic testing.

“The health and safety of both the workplace and the community continue to be the top priority for the Town,” explained Director of Community Services, Ryan Gibbons. “The Town would like to extend our best wishes to all of those impacted.”

Construction at the Thornbury Pier began on March 12, 2021 with project completion scheduled for May 31, 2021. As a result of this unfortunate situation, project completion may be delayed. Additional information will be provided on the project webpage on the Town website: 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 would like to advise residents that the Town Solid Waste Disposal Site will be reopening for public access this Thursday with enhanced safety measures in place.

All members of the public will be required to wear a mask while on site and capacity will be limited to help ensure the safety of both the public and Town staff. Capacity limits will result in longer wait times and The Town would like to thank all users in advance for your patience.

Hours of Operation

  • Monday: Closed 
  • Tuesday: 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday: Closed
  • Thursday: 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
  • Friday: Closed
  • Saturday: 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. 
  • Sunday: Closed

In addition, new operational restrictions and safety measures have been implemented to ensure the safe and effective operation of the Site. Please read the following items carefully:

  • There will be a $12 minimum charge per load (as of February 2021)
  • Cash payments will not be accepted (debit or credit only – tap preferred)
  • Staff will be limiting the number of customers into the Site, and inbound curbside collection trucks will take priority. As a result, please be patient and expect delays.

For more information, please contact:

Jeff Fletcher
Manager of Sustainability and Solid Waste
519-599-3131 ext. 238

The Town of The Blue Mountains Fire Department urges residents to avoid putting plastic into dishwashers as plastic items have the potential of melting and becoming a fire hazard.

Following a fire call involving a strange burning odour, The Blue Mountains Fire Department investigated the situation and found that the source of the odour was a large plastic spoon that had been melting on the heating element of the homeowner’s dishwasher. This incident was a very close call with minimal damage, but it easily could have had a catastrophic impact if left unresolved.

Avoiding plastic items in the dishwasher is just one easy way to improve your fire prevention efforts at home. For more tips and education on fire safety within the household, please visit: https://www.thebluemountains.ca/fire-prevention.cfm?is=25

For more information, please contact:

Fire Department
Phone: 519-599-3131 x 101

Monday, May 17, 2021 at 5:00 pm (virtual meeting via Microsoft Teams)

For further information, please see the Notice - Public Meeting - 416349 10th Line - Proposed Telecommuncation Facility (Xplornet)

 

NOTE:  Public Meetings are taking place virtually to assist with social distancing with respect to Covid-19.  The meeting will be recorded and an archived recording will be posted to the Town's website.

The Town would like to advise residents that earlier today, a special meeting of Council was held to update Council and the community and to provide additional information and clarification related to Town services and community safety measures resulting from the recent announcement by the Province of Ontario.

Town Staff and representatives from the Grey Bruce Public Health Unit, The Blue Mountains Ontario Provincial Police Detachment and Chair of The Blue Mountains Police Services Board were in attendance to provide operational updates and to answer questions from Members of Council. To watch the recording of the meeting, please click on the following link: Video of April 19, 2021 Special Meeting Council

“The Town, working with the Grey Bruce Health Unit and the Ontario Provincial Police, is responding effectively to the recent rise in cases and the announcements by the Province,” stated Mayor Alar Soever. “Our response is focused on eliminating the social gatherings that have been the source of the vast majority of transmission in our community, while at the same time minimizing restrictions on our residents within the limits of the provincial orders. I ask all residents to do their part to keep our community safe, by minimizing all contact with those outside your household, and following all public health advice.”

To help provide clarification and consistent messaging the Town would like to remind residents that an interactive map confirming the open/closed status of recreational areas within the Town is available by visiting: https://www.thebluemountains.ca/covid-19-open-and-closed.cfm

In addition, Town staff will continue to work collaboratively with the Grey Bruce Health Unit, Ontario Provincial Police and other agencies to assess impacts to the annual opening fishing weekend to determine if restrictions and safety measures are required to be implemented as a means to limit gatherings.

Closed Town Facilities

The following municipal facilities remain closed until further notice in accordance with the Provincial State of Emergency and Stay at Home Order.

  • Town Hall
  • Beaver Valley Community Centre
  • Craigleith Community Centre
  • Ravenna Hall
  • The Craigleith Heritage Depot
  • The Blue Mountains Public Library
  • Tomahawk Golf Course and Recreational Area

Open Town Owned Recreational Areas

The following chart provides details regarding specific properties. Signage and fencing will be installed to identify the areas impacted. For additional and regularly updated information on each property, please visit: https://www.thebluemountains.ca/covid-19-open-and-closed.cfm

The facilities will be reopened under the advice and direction of the public health unit when it is safe and acceptable to do so. By-law enforcement and the Ontario Provincial Police will be monitoring all areas.

Beaches, Parks and Trails

  • All parks and trails are open for walk-through and exercise.

  • Playground structures are open for public use.

  • Please remember that public washrooms are not open. Please plan your visits accordingly. 

Dog Park

  • The Dog Park is open for public use. Please allow others to use the space by practicing physical distancing and not loitering within off-leash areas.
  • Please note that off-leash areas are not cleaned or sanitized, this includes but is not limited to: Water Fountains, Shade Structures/Gazebos, Benches and Tables, Fences, Gates and Message Boards.

Baseball Diamonds

  • Closed

Tennis Courts

  • Closed

Skateboard Park

  • Closed

Thornbury Harbour and Boat Launch

  • Closed in accordance with Ontario Regulation 82/20.

 

For more information, please contact:

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

Open Space Blocks 32 and part Block 33, Registered Plan 16M-23

Please see the Disposition of Land notice and related staff report.

Please be advised that the Grey Bruce Health Unit has declared a a community outbreak in Eastern Grey County, which includes The Town of The Blue Mountains. The cases have been identified as a variant of concern. All residents are reminded that the best way to stay safe is to follow all Provincial and Public Health orders and advice, to stay at home unless absolutely necessary, and to avoid close contact with others outside of your own household.

“This outbreak shows how a few people acting irresponsibly or a single social gathering can lead to a large number of cases,” stated Mayor Alar Soever. “For over a year now, the huge majority of our community have followed all public health advice, and made sacrifices to keep COVID at bay. In spite of the fact that we had large numbers of visitors, we had among the lowest case counts in Grey County and South Georgian Bay.”

“I am deeply disappointed and angered that the reckless actions of a few irresponsible individuals have now put the safety of our community at risk. We are all tired of COVID, but that is no excuse for the reckless behaviour which has let COVID take hold in our community.   One can only hope it does not result in any deaths. I ask all residents to double down on their efforts to help keep COVID under control.”

Additional information is available on the Grey Bruce Unit website https://www.publichealthgreybruce.on.ca/.

For more information, please contact:

Mayor
(519) 599-3131 ext. 400

The Town of The Blue Mountains would like to advise the public that in response to the increased restrictions, community safety measures and enhanced enforcement measures announced by the Province this afternoon, effective 12:01 am Saturday, April 17, all Town playground structures, athletic fields, tennis courts, beaches and the skateboard park will be closed for public use. Outdoor trails will remain open for pass-through use and exercise only.

Town staff will be installing signage and fencing to identify the areas impacted as a result of these increased restrictions and safety measures. In addition, the Town will be updating the interactive map on the website that will highlight open and closed recreational areas during this period.

The Town reminds residents and visitors that the Tomahawk Golf Course and Recreational Area has not opened for the season and will remain closed until further notice. Public washrooms will not be opened, and portable toilets will not be installed, so please plan your trip accordingly. The Town will also be posting a notice at the dog park, reminding residents that public health recommendations must be maintained, including social distancing; otherwise, the dog park will be closed.

The facilities will be re-opened under the advice and direction of the public health unit when it is safe and acceptable to do so. By-law enforcement and the Ontario Provincial Police will be monitoring all areas.

The Town will continue to monitor the evolving situation and additional information will be provided as necessary.

For more information, please contact:

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

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

Direct video link: https://youtu.be/BIRzy-rgwWc

Please be advised that half load restrictions are being lifted for certain roads within the Town of The Blue Mountains as a result of suitable road and weather conditions. Town crews will be removing signs on Monday, April 19, 2021.

Half load restrictions will remain in effect for rural roads, pursuant to By-Law No. 2010-54. Where Axle Weight Restrictions signs are in place, the By-Law is in full force and effect.

To view a detailed map of the roads with reduced load restrictions, please visit: https://www.thebluemountains.ca/document_viewer.cfm?doc=2935. The roads highlighted in red are subject to half load restrictions when Axle Weight Restrictions signs are in place.

Axle Weight Exemption Application Form

The Town would like to highlight that Water Delivery/Hauler Providers are eligible to apply for an exemption to the By-law for the purposes of delivering potable water. To request a copy of the Axle Weight Exemption Application Form please contact the Operations Department using the contact information below. 

For more information, please contact:

Operations Department
Phone: 519-599-3131 x 276

Please be advised that the flags at Jack Acres Park will be lowered tomorrow, Saturday, April 17 in support of the Clarksburg Beaver Valley Legion to mark the passing of His Royal Highness The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh.

April 16, 2021

The April 16, 2021 Special Grants and Donations Committee Agenda has been revised to include consideration of the draft April 9, 2021 meeting minutes.

The Town of The Blue Mountains would like to advise residents that the Town Landfill and The Blue Mountains Public Library will be temporarily closed in response to the critical threshold and stay-at-home order announced by the Grey Bruce Public Health Unit.

Starting today, the landfill will be closed for the remainder of this week and early next week. Based on public health advice, it is anticipated that the landfill will reopen on Thursday, April 22, 2021. During this time, the landfill will continue to provide scheduled service to commercial operators.

The Blue Mountains Public Library will be closing curbside pickup through Sunday. Staff will be monitoring voicemail and email messages and responding to patron needs. Please leave detailed messages when calling or emailing to best handle your question.

“The Town would like to thank all residents for their understanding and patience during these temporary closures,” explained Chief Administration Officer, Shawn Everitt. “The landfill and the Library often experience increased use when residents are at home and on weekends; however, ensuring the health and safety of both the community and Town staff is of the utmost importance. We look forward to reopening as soon as it is safe to do so.”

For information regarding the announcement by the Grey Bruce Public Health Unit, please visit: www.publichealthgreybruce.on.ca.

For information regarding the Provincial Shutdown, please visit the Province of Ontario website: https://covid-19.ontario.ca  

For more information, please contact:

Operations Department
519-599-3131 ext. 276

Blue Mountains Public Library
www.thebluemountainslibrary.ca
519-599-3681

On Saturday, April 10th, 320 people were vaccinated at a drive-thru COVID-19 vaccination clinic held at the Beaver Valley Community Centre (BVCC) in Thornbury.

“I want to thank Dr. Arra and the Grey Bruce Health Unit for making the vaccine available, and all of the community volunteers, led by Melody Fox and Bill Abbotts, as well as Dr. Remillard and his staff, and Town Staff, who all worked together and made this happen on short notice,” stated Mayor Alar Soever. “This was a true community effort. I know it has been difficult for many of our seniors to get timely appointments close to home, so I am pleased we could make this happen for at least a few of our residents. The clinic was fully subscribed within minutes of the press release announcing it being posted on Friday, and we had much more interest than vaccine.”

If you have interest in a future clinic at the BVCC, you can express your interest by e-mailing vaccine-interest@thebluemountains.ca or phoning The Town of The Blue Mountains 519-599-3131 ext 289.

For those who expressed interest in a future clinic at the BVCC, we do not know if or when vaccine supply will be allocated for future clinics at the BVCC. Your expression of interest is not an appointment, and there is no guarantee that your expression of interest will result in an appointment in the future.

With rising case counts of more transmissible strains of the virus circulating in our community and our region, the risk of serious illness or death has never been higher, so the sooner you can get vaccinated, the better. 

It is of the utmost importance that you register and lock in an appointment somewhere as soon as possible, through either the provincial online booking system https://ontario.ca/bookvaccine or by calling the toll-free number 1-888-999-6488.

Appointments can also be made by contacting the Thornbury Pharmasave, (519) 599-2719 or by visiting: http://thornburypharmasave.medmeapp.ca/schedule

For more information, please contact:

Mayor
(519) 599-3131 ext. 400

The Town of The Blue Mountains would like to remind residents to take extra care while sorting household garbage and recycling to ensure the proper disposal of waste and recycling.

In recent weeks, the Town has been advised by Miller Waste, the contractor responsible for garbage and recycling collection within the Town, that there have been multiple issues of improper sorting of waste items that has led to recycling and garbage not being picked up.

Residents are asked to refrain from “Wish-cycling” which is the practice of putting items in your recycling bin, hoping that the item can be recycled. This practice places unnecessary strain on the curbside recycling program and will result in your recycling being left at the curb.

To ensure that your garbage and recycling will be picked up, please remember the following:

  • Blue Box materials are product packaging only and are generally metal, plastic or glass
  • Grey Box materials include printed paper and paper product packaging
  • Clear bags may be used for recycling and must be sorted into separate Blue and Grey streams or they will not be collected
  • Masks are to be disposed of in the garbage ONLY and are not to be placed with your recycling materials
  • Durable goods like shoes, garden hose and window glass are not to be placed in the blue or grey box for recycling
  • Styrofoam is not currently accepted as recycling and is to be disposed of in the garbage
  • Flatten cardboard into bundles no larger than 61 cm x 46 cm x 15 cm
  • The weekly Limit for garbage is 1 bag, a second bag is allowed but must be tagged ($3.00 tag), more than 2 bags will not be collected (garbage bag tags can be purchased at the Town's Landfill at this time)
  • The weight limit for a bag/can is 18 kgs (40 lbs)

Residents are also reminded that all waste collection dates that fall on statutory holidays in 2021 will be collected as regularly scheduled, and all waste items should be placed by your curbside by no later than 7:00 a.m. to ensure your items are collected.

For more information on how to sort your garbage and recycling properly and to download The Blue Mountains Waste Resource App, please visit: https://www.thebluemountains.ca/solid-waste.cfm

For more information, please contact:

Operations Department
519-599-3131 ext. 276

The Town of The Blue Mountains has launched a public survey to gain feedback from residents regarding updates to the current Municipal Tree Preservation By-Law 2010-68. The purpose of the survey is to gain feedback regarding the Town’s role in tree protection and preservation in the community.

The survey can be accessed by visiting the project webpage: https://yourview.thebluemountains.ca/municipal-tree-by-law-update.

The launch of the public survey follows the joint Public Open House hosted on March 24, 2021 with the County of Grey, which provided residents the opportunity to share their input on the direction future policy changes or by-law updates should take. Comments and feedback collected will assist in developing any policy changes or a proposed tree by-law. 

To watch the recorded (Virtual) Public Open House, please visit: Link to archived Public Open House – Municipal Tree By-Law Update.

The proposed tree by-law will be presented at a future Public Meeting and will give another opportunity for the public and stakeholders to provide comments. No decision will be made until both the Town Council and the County of Grey Council have considered all comments received.

“Community engagement is a vital part of the process in the Town’s consideration of a Municipal Tree By-law update,” says Councillor Matrosovs, Chair of the Agricultural Advisory Committee and Co-Chair of the Sustainability Advisory Committee. “The series of engagement opportunities will focus on the extent of the Town’s role in the protection of a wider range of trees within the municipality and the direction of future policies for the management of trees as a natural asset in our community.”

Background Information

In May 2017, Bill 68, entitled Modernizing Ontario’s Municipal Legislation Act, 2017, was enacted by the provincial government and requires all municipalities to adopt and maintain policies to protect and enhance the municipal tree canopy by March 1, 2019. While the existing policies and by-laws currently in place meet the legislative requirements of Bill 68, Council is seeking to establish additional policies to further increase tree preservation and canopy enhancement in the Town.

In July of 2019, the Town hosted a Public Meeting to obtain public feedback on proposed revisions to the Municipal Tree Preservation By-law 2010-68, as is currently in force and effect, in order to extend interim protections on tree cutting on select private properties within the community. Comments received at the Public Meeting were generally supportive of the proposed revisions. However, as a result of additional comments received prior to the proposed revised by-law being considered by the Committee of the Whole, a Public Open House was scheduled to take place in the spring of 2020 to receive further feedback from the public. This Public Open House was cancelled due to COVID-19 in March 2020.

The Tree By-law Update project is now restarting and the Town and the County of Grey are now seeking further feedback and comment from the community regarding the direction and scope of tree protection policies in the Town. 

The project's community engagement will focus on whether or not the Town should take a more active role in the protection of a wider range of trees within the municipality, potentially including those located on privately owned properties. Input and comments received from the public will help to guide the scope and direction of any future policies and/or by-law updates regarding tree preservation in the Town.

For more information, please contact:

Travis Sandberg
519-599-3131 ext. 283

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