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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

Please be advised that the Town of The Blue Mountains has hired a contractor to complete Topographic Surveys and Bore Holes on the Town Right of Way in various locations on Wednesday, November 25, 2020 from 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.  

Locations will include: 

  • 167 to 210 Alice Street W
  • 58 to 208 Russell Street E
  • 12 to 56 Napier Street E
  • 15 McAuley Street S
  • 99 King Street S
  • 6 to 20 Elgin Street S
  • Ann Heggtveit Drive

We apologize for any inconvenience that this temporary interruption may cause you.

For more information please contact:
Town of the Blue Mountains
Operations Department
Phone: 519-599-3131 ext. 236
 

December 16, 2020 at 1:00 p.m.

Public Hearing Notice

The purpose of this application is to consider a request for lot addition. The effect of the application is to sever a 91 square meter portion of land from 3 Bruce Street North and convey it to 1 Bruce Street North. The retained lands would be approximately 330 square meters in area.

Lane Restriction Notice

Please be advised that the Town of The Blue Mountains has hired a contractor to complete Topographic Surveys on the Town's Right of Way in various locations on Tuesday, November 24, 2020 from 7:00AM to 6:00PM.  

Lane Restriction Locations Include: 

  • 133 Fraser Crescent
  • 140 to 150 Blue Mountain Drive
  • 130 to 145 Louisa St. E
  • 11 to 18 Wellington St. S
  • 113 to 149 Bay St. W
  • 56 to 61 Lansdowne St. N

We apologize for any inconvenience that this temporary interruption may cause you.

For more information please contact:

Town of The Blue Mountains
Operations Department
Phone: 519-599-3131 x 277

Lane Restriction Notice

Please be advised that the Town of The Blue Mountains has hired a contractor to complete Topographic Surveys in the Town Right of Way in various locations on Monday, November 23, 2020 from 7:00AM to 5:00PM.  

Locations with Lane Restrictions Include: 

  • 101 to 130 Drakes Path
  • 111 to 121 Tyrolean Lane and 147 Tyrolean Lane
  • 136 to 155 Craigmore Crescent

We apologize for any inconvenience that this temporary interruption may cause you.

For more information please contact:

Town of The Blue Mountains
Operations Department
Phone: 519-599-3131 x 277

Mayor Soever with Dr. Arra Grey Bruce Medical Officer of Health

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

Direct video link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t2w-2qRFAzk

Tentative Dates: November 23 to December 4, 2020

 

This is a notification that ARNOTT CONSTRUCTION LIMITED on behalf of the Town will be undertaking necessary road repairs, if weather permits, on George McRae Road and Maryward Crescent.

 
The road repairs will fix several areas of the road that have settled (large dips/bumps) or are missing significant portions of base course asphalt (potholes). They must be repaired as soon as possible to reduce further damage.
 
Please note, you will receive additional correspondence regarding the outstanding subdivision works that the Town will also be completing in the future.
 
During the road repairs, you may see construction equipment, dump trucks, and site crews operating. You will see construction signs posted in the vicinity of the work. You may smell asphalt. You may hear noise from the construction activities, in accordance with the Town Noise Control Bylaw 2002-9.
 
This work should take approximately 5 days total and will occur within the dates noted above, if weather permits. You can expect short traffic delays on George McRae Road and Maryward Crescent when the traffic passage is reduced to one lane. We apologize for any inconvenience the temporary construction activity may cause you.
 
We do not anticipate any water, sanitary, or utility service interruptions to your home.
 
Should you require any additional information or have any accessibility concerns you would like to bring to our attention, please contact us at:
 
Town:
Town of The Blue Mountains
519-599-3131 ext. 247
 
Contractor or In Case of Emergency:
Mark Fisher, Site Supervisor
Arnott Construction Limited
705-444-4355
mark@arnottgroup.com
 

November 25, 2020 at 5:00 p.m.

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

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.

December 2, 7, 8 and 9, 2020 (Various Times)

Please be advised that Agendas for the following Special Committee of the Whole Draft Budget meetings are now available.  Full meeting details are available on the December Council Calendar

December 2, 2020 at 1:00 p.m.

  • Council Draft Budget
  • Committees of Council Draft Budget,
  • Administration Draft Budget
  • Finance and IT Services Draft Budget
  • Fire Services Draft Budget
  • Legal Services Draft Budget 

December 7, 2020 at 8:45 a.m.

  • Any items from December 2 meeting that were not discussed
  • Planning and Development Services Draft Budget
  • Community Services Draft Budget
  • Operations Draft Budget

December 8, 2020 at 8:45 a.m.

  • Any items from December 7 meeting that were not discussed
  • Draft Capital Budget

December 9, 2020 at 1:00 p.m.

  • Any items from December 8 meeting that were not discussed
  • Blue Mountains Public Library Draft Budget
  • Additions to the Draft Budget

Please note that the schedule of specific budget item reviews is subject to change depending on if all items are not able to be discussed during the meeting at which they have been originally scheduled.  

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 would like to advise the public that the temporary stop signs located on Crosswinds Blvd at Snow Apple Cres and Yellow Birch Cres are scheduled to be removed within the next two weeks to coordinate with the installation of a new temporary stoplight at Grey Road 19.

In accordance with the Ontario Traffic Manual, signage must be installed to notify residents and users prior to the removal of stop signs. Notice signage was installed early today based upon availability of the Town Roads Department. The newly installed signage has been covered and will remain covered until later this week to coincide with the scheduled two-week notice period. The removal of the stop signs will coincide with the installation of the temporary stoplight at Grey Road 19.

For more information regarding the installation of the temporary traffic light, please contact Grey County at the information provided below.

Pat Hoy
Director of Transportation
(519) 372-0219 ext. 1391

For more information, please contact:

(519) 599-3131 ext. 276

November 26, 2020 @ 2:30 p.m.

A Leisure Activities Plan Steering Committee has been scheduled for Thursday, November 26, 2020 at 2:30 p.m.

Meeting Agenda

For full meeting details, visit 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 Assistant. The meeting will be recorded and the archived recording will be posted to the Town's website. The meeting will not be livestreamed.

To provide comments, please contact Community Services Administration Staff

Three (3) vacant positions

The Town of The Blue Mountains are seeking applications, in the form of letters of interest, from members of the public for appointment to the following Town Committees.

The committee appointment runs concurrent with the term of Council, being 2018 - 2022:

Sustainability Advisory Committee:

  • 7 member Committee, 5 Committee members have been appointed
  • 2 public members being sought Terms of Reference - Sustainability Advisory Committee

Agricultural Advisory Committee:

  • 9 member Committee, 8 Committee members have been appointed
  • 1 public member being sought Terms of Reference - Agricultural Advisory Committee

Applicants are encouraged to include background information and any special qualifications or interest related to a particular Committee. Applicants may apply for more than one Committee and are asked to submit separate applications for each Committee. Terms of Reference for the Committees can be found on The Blue Mountains website.

All Applications should be submitted no later than Friday, December 11, 2020 1:00 p.m. to:

Town of The Blue Mountains
Attention: Town Clerk
32 Mill Street
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 Town of The Blue Mountains is an equal opportunity organization. Accommodation will be provided in accordance with the Ontario Human Rights Code.

In an effort to help control the spread of COVID-19 in the community, the Town of The Blue Mountains Council is considering the approval of a Mandatory Face Covering By-law that aims to share the responsibility of wearing a mask equally between the business owner/operator and the customer or individual within the indoor public space.

If approved, the By-law would support and augment the existing Provincial Order (Ontario Regulation 364/20), which mandates that a face covering must be worn in all indoor establishments. The proposed By-law is very similar to the current Provincial Order; however, the By-law will add to the responsibility of wearing a face covering to include the customer or individual entering an indoor space.

Currently, the Provincial Order places the responsibility of customers wearing a face covering solely on the business owner/operator. Through the proposed By-law, the Town wants to clearly identify a shared responsibility to both the business owner/operator and the customer or individual entering an indoor space.

To ensure members of the public have the opportunity to understand the proposed Mandatory Face Covering By-law, a dedicated webpage has been created that features information resources for members of the public and business owners and operators. To view the dedicated webpage, please visit: www.thebluemountains.ca/masks.

“This proposed By-law serves to protect our community from the spread of COVID-19,” says Mayor Alar Soever. “The intent of the By-law is to educate and promote current Provincial Orders and to share the responsibility of protecting the community’s health and safety.”

Members of the public wishing to speak at the virtual Committee of the Whole meeting are required to pre-register with the Town Clerk no later than 1:00 pm on Tuesday, November 24, 2020.

To submit your feedback by email, in writing, or to pre-register to speak during the virtual meeting, please contact the Town Clerk, Corrina Giles through the following methods:

Mail or in person: 32 Mill St. Box 310, Thornbury ON, N0H 2P0

Tel:  (519) 599-3131 ext 232

Fax: (519) 599-7723

Email: townclerk@thebluemountains.ca

For more information, please contact:

Director of Legal Services
(519) 599-3131 ext. 258

New Start Time: 8:30 a.m.

November 20, 2020 Community Communications Advisory Committee

Start Time: 8:30 a.m.

Revised Agenda Link

For full meeting details, visit 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.

To provide comments, please contact:

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

Notice of Public Meeting

In 2019, the Town of The Blue Mountains Fire Department was restructured. A recent review of the Fire Department’s current Establishing and Regulating By-law 2012-65 was conducted and a need for revision was identified. The draft by-law to Establish and Regulate a Fire Department provides information and directives in the document related definitions for the By-law, Fire Department structure, approved services and programs, limited service, responses within and outside the Town, Fire Chief responsibilities and authority, powers, recovery of costs, and other standard agreement language.

For more information, including how to participate in the public meeting, please click on the Notice of Public Meeting link provided above.

Thursday, November 19, 2020 at 1:30 p.m.

A Special Attainable Housing Corporation Board meeting has been scheduled for 1:30 p.m. on Thursday, November 19, 2020.

Meeting Agenda

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 invites community organizations to apply for the Town’s Environmental Sustainability Fund. 

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

This year’s fund looks to build on previous successful recipients including the Thornbury Community Gardens project and the Beaver River Watershed Initiative project. Both projects exemplify how the Town and community organizations can work alongside one another and foster social vibrancy and environmental sustainability.

Interested community organizations wishing to apply must submit their application no later than December 14, 2020 at 11:59 p.m. ET. To learn more about the Town’s Environmental Sustainability Fund and to apply, please visit: www.thebluemountains.ca/our-sustainable-path.cfm

For more information, please contact:

Jeffery Fletcher

Manager of Sustainability and Solid Waste

(519) 599-3131 ext. 238

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

Direct video link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3KIfxyS8lyk

December 3, 2020 at 4:00 p.m.

Notice is hereby given that the 7th Annual General Meeting of the membership of The Blue Mountain Attainable Housing Corporation will be held on Thursday, December 3, 2020 at 4:00pm. to transact the following agenda:

Notice to the Membership

Meetings of the Board are currently being held virtually to assist with social distancing with respect to COVID-19.

The Town of The Blue Mountains is pleased to announce that the 2020 Municipal Information Guide is now available. The Municipal Guide provides important information about Town departments, services, facilities, resources, programs and special projects.

The guide will be mailed to every household in the Town of The Blue Mountains. If you do not receive a copy of the guide in the mail, please contact the Town at the information provided below. In addition, hard copies of the guide are available at Town facilities. To view the guide online, please visit: www.thebluemountains.ca/public-engagement.cfm

The Town would like to highlight that work on the 2020 Municipal Guide started early in the year, but unfortunately, the project was delayed due to the COVID-19 Pandemic. The release of the guide was further delayed until municipal facilities reopened to avoid confusion regarding facility availability and access. As a result, there are dates reflected in the guide that have already passed. The information in the guide remains accurate, up-to-date and relevant and residents are encouraged to use the guide as a resource.

To view 2020 and 2021 meeting dates including Council, Committee of the Whole, Committee Meetings and Budget Meetings, please visit the Town website by visting: www.thebluemountains.ca/agendas-minutes-reports.cfm

For more information, please contact:

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

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

Direct video link: https://youtu.be/2rG4CxQu0S8

The Town of The Blue Mountains Fire Department would like to emphasize the importance of testing smoke alarms and carbon monoxide alarms.

At a recent fire incident at a multi-residential building in the Town, only 50% of the units in the building had compliant and properly working smoke and carbon monoxide alarms. Had this fire occurred during the night the life safety of the occupants could have been at risk.

Please test and check the dates on all hardwired and battery powered devices. The alarms will need to be replaced if they are over 10 years old.

If you require further information, please contact The Blue Mountains Fire Department during normal business hours at 519- 599-5411 ext. 101 or visit our webpage for more information: https://www.thebluemountains.ca/fire-prevention-week-2020.cfm

For more information, please contact:

Blue Mountains Fire Department

Phone: (519) 599-5411 ext. 101

Marking the Passing of Town Crier Art Lapointe

Please be advised that the flags at Town Hall have been lowered to mark the passing of Art Lapointe, former Thornbury Town Crier.

Art was an active volunteer within the community and valued supporter of the Marsh Street Centre. 

Sadly, Art passed away on November 2nd at the age of 92.  

A celebration of Art's life will be held after COVID-19 restrictions have lifted and it is safe for friends and extended family to gather.  Additional information can be found on the Ferguson Funeral Home Website

Notice of Public Meeting

The County of Grey and the Town of The Blue Mountains are seeking input on development applications that propose to make revisions to an existing draft approved subdivision plan known as Windfall. The proposed revisions would increase the total number of residential units within Phase 6 of the development to 166 dwelling units comprising of 58 single detached units and 108 semi-detached units. The overall residential units within the Windfall development would increase from 609 units to 659 units.

For more information, including how to participate in the public meeting, please click on the Notice of Public Meeting link provided above.

The Town of The Blue Mountains would like to advise residents that Yard Waste Collection begins the week of November 2, 2020 and ends on November 26, 2020.

Yard waste will be collected on your regular day of collection, and a limit of 10 bags of yard waste will be collected per week per household.  Residents can use standard compostable paper bags or small reusable containers (smaller than 90 cm x 42 cm).  Each bag or container of yard waste is restricted to a maximum of 18 kgs.

The “TBM Waste Resource App” is available for download from Apple and Android.  Also access waste information from www.thebluemountains.ca/solid-waste.cfm.

For more information please contact:

Operations Department
Phone: 519-599-3131 x 276

The Town prohibits overnight parking on Town streets from November 1st, 2020 to April 1st, 2021 from 2:00 a.m. to 7:00 a.m.

Snow Plowing Restrictions

Please be advised that Town By-law No. 2014-65 indicates that no person shall deposit snow or ice on a roadway, including those portions of the highway commonly referred to as the shoulder, sidewalk, walkway, pathway, boulevard or ditch, without written permission from the Director of Operations.

Parking Restrictions

Please be advised that the Highway Traffic Act, R.S.O. 1990 Chap. H-8 Section 170(12) indicates that no person shall park or stand a vehicle on a roadway in such a manner as to interfere with the removal or clearing of snow from the roadway.  It should also be noted that Town By-law No. 2003-11 prohibits overnight parking on Town streets from November 1st, 2020 to April 1st, 2021 from 2:00 a.m. to 7:00 a.m.

Let’s work together to make this a safe and enjoyable winter.

For more information please contact:

Town of The Blue Mountains
Operations Department
Phone: 519-599-3131 x 276

The Town of The Blue Mountains is pleased to advise the public that the Town will be launching a new Agenda Management System to increase efficiency and streamline the preparation and distribution of Council and Committee packages.

The new tool, eSCRIBE is a leading agenda management software that will be added to the Town website in a phased approach to enhance the organization and display of meeting agendas, minutes and staff reports. The eSCRIBE system will be launched on Wednesday, October 28, with the release of the agenda package for the Committee of the Whole meeting taking place on Tuesday, November 3, 2020.

“This new Agenda Management System will create a streamlined process for Town Staff, which will result in efficiency within the internal workflow processes,” says Shawn Everitt CAO of the Town of The Blue Mountains. “I would like to congratulate the Clerks Department and the IT Department for the launch of this exciting new initiative.”

The process to view meeting agendas, minutes and reports will remain the same for residents but will have a new format for users when visiting the webpage. To view meeting agendas, minutes and reports, visit: https://www.thebluemountains.ca/agendas-minutes-reports.cfm

For more information, please contact: 

Clerks Department

519-599-3131 ext. 232

 

Notice of Public Meeting 

The purpose of this application is to consider a request to amend the detached accessory dwelling unit setback requirements of Zoning By-law 2018-65. The effect of the application is to recognize existing deficient building setbacks in order to permit the conversion of an existing detached accessory structure into an accessory apartment dwelling unit.

The amendment proposes to establish a site-specific exception to the property to recognize the current setbacks of the existing detached structure. The amendment would recognize an existing easterly interior side yard setback of 0.4m, whereas a minimum of 2.0m is required, and an existing front yard setback of 1.7m, whereas a minimum of 7.5m is required.

The lands are also subject to a concurrent Site Plan Application for the detached accessory dwelling unit and are legally described as Lot 8, Plan 389.

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 Services
Water and Wastewater Inquiries  
(519) 599-3131 ext. 284

 

The 2020 Annual Tax Bills were mailed August 12, 2020.

The 2020 annual tax bills were mailed on August 12, 2020. This year, the due dates are September 30th and November 30th; a month later than usual due to the pandemic. The mailing included an insert with tax bill information. To view the Tax Bill Newsletter, please visit: https://www.thebluemountains.ca/document_viewer.cfm?doc=1468

Please direct questions on assessment to the Municipal Property Assessment Corporation (MPAC) or call 1-866-296-6722.

For tax inquiries, please contact the Tax Department or call 1-888-258-6867 ext. 221.

Public Notices

Visit our Public Notices page for an up to date list of Town public notices and  public information centres.