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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

January 20, 2021 at 1:00 p.m.

Please be advised that the Committee of Adjustment Agenda is now available.

For more information, please contact Planning Staff 519-599-3131 ext. 283.

January 21, 2021 at 10:00 a.m.

The January 21, 2021 Joint Municipal Physician Recruitment and Retention Committee meeting has been cancelled.

January 19, 2021 at 9:00 a.m.

The January 19, 2021 meeting agenda is available here: Meeting Agenda

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

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

January 21, 2021 at 1:00 p.m.

The Agenda for the January 21, 2021 Attainable Housing Corporation Board meeting is now available.

Meeting 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 seeking applications, in the form of letters of interest, together with resumes, from members of the public for appointment to the Town’s Committee of Adjustment.  The Committee appointment runs concurrent with the Term of Council, being 2018 - 2022:

  • Committee of Adjustment:

        5 member Committee (4 Public Members + 1 Council Member)

        3 Public Committee members and the Council Member have been appointed

This advertisement is seeking letters of interest for the 4th Public Member

In accordance with By-law 2006-122, being a By-law to provide for payment of remuneration of expenses to Public Members of the Committee of Adjustment, Members of the Committee of Adjustment receive $75 in remuneration per meeting that they are in attendance, as well as reimbursement for mileage and attendance at any pertinent training and/or conferences at the rate of $110 per day

Information about the Committee of Adjustment can be found here:  Committee of Adjustment Information.

Applicants are encouraged to include personal or professional background information and any special qualifications or experience that may be related to land use planning and/or the Committee of Adjustment. 

All Applications should be submitted no later than Friday, February 5, 2021 1:00 pm 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.

January 21, 2021 @ 3:00 p.m.

A Leisure Activities Plan Steering Committee Meeting has been scheduled for Thursday, January 21, 2021 at 3:00 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

January 21, 2021 at 6:00 p.m.

The Agenda for the January 21, 2021 Agricultural 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

One (1) Non-Voting Physician Advisory Member

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 Joint Municipal Physician Recruitment and Retention Committee.  The Committee is comprised of membership from the Town of The Blue Mountains, the Town of Collingwood, Clearview Township and the Municipality of Grey Highlands. 

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

  • Joint Municipal Physician Recruitment and Retention Committee:

        1 Practicing or Retired Family Physician (non-voting member) from any of the participating municipalities is being sought 

Applicants are encouraged to include background information and any special qualifications or interest related to the Committee. 

The Committee Terms of Reference can be found on The Blue Mountains website at www.thebluemountains.ca/physician-recruitment-retention-committee.cfm.

All Applications should be submitted no later than Friday, January 29, 2021 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.

January** 21, 2021 at 10:00 a.m.

The January 21, 2021 Joint Municipal Physician Recruitment and Retention Committee Agenda is now available.

Meeting Agenda

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

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, contact:

32 Mill Street
Thornbury, ON N0H 2P0

January 19, 2021 at 1:00 p.m.

The Agenda for the January 19, 2021 Transportation 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

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

Direct video link: https://youtu.be/sSNszeim4RE

The Town of The Blue Mountains is excited to announce the grand prize draw results for the Give the Gift of Blue Shop Local Holiday Contest.

The grand prize draw was filmed on January 7, 2021, with the selected winner contacted shortly following the conclusion of the draw. To watch the full video of the Grand Prize Draw, please visit: www.exploreblue.ca/shop-local

List of Contest Winners

  • Nean (Kimberly, ON) – Week One Prize Package
  • Bonnie (Thornbury, ON) – Week Two Prize Package
  • Anita (Burlington, ON) – Week Three Prize Package
  • Amelia (Thornbury, ON) – Week Four Prize Package
  • Hallyne (Ajax, ON) – Week Five Prize Package
  • Terry (Toronto, ON) – Grand Prize Package

About the Shop Local Contest

To encourage community support for local businesses, the Town launched a Shop Local Holiday Contest, entitled Give the Gift of Blue from November 30, 2020 to January 3, 2021, with the contest including five (5) weekly prizes, as well as the chance to win The Blue Mountains Ultimate Grand Prize Package.

The contest period saw over 1,000 total entries, with the majority of entries submitted by local residents. The campaign generated an approximate economic benefit between $49,000 to $117,000, contributing real dollars directly back into the community and supporting the local businesses throughout the Town. 

“On behalf of Council, I would like thank everyone who shopped local throughout the contest period, and to congratulate all five of the weekly prize package winners,” said Mayor Alar Soever. “I can’t emphasize enough the importance of shopping local and supporting our small business owners. The survival of these small business has a direct impact on the quality of life of our residents. Thank you again to everyone who chose to shop local in the Town this holiday season!”

For more information, please contact:

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

February 8, 2021 at 5:00 p.m.

Public Notice

The Town is recommending a number of revisions to the powers and duties that have been delegated to Town staff by Council as outlined in Policy POL.COR.07.04. These delegated authorities allow Town staff to perform specific duties and authorize specific activities to take place within the Town without requiring Council approval of each action.     

The Town is also recommending the addition of a delegated authority for the Director of Legal Services to approve requests for relief from the Town’s Noise By-law. 

A list of the proposed revisions to the Town’s current delegation of powers and duties is available as an attachment to Staff Report FAF.20.188 Revisions to Council Delegation of Powers and Duties Follow Up.

To help limit the spread of COVID-19, this Public Meeting will be held in a virtual (online) format. You are encouraged to provide your comments or questions in writing using email or regular letter mail to the Town Clerk in advance of the Public Meeting.

Written comments will be circulated to Council. Comments received at least one (1) business day in advance of the Public Meeting (by Friday February 5, 2021 by 1:00 p.m.) will be read by the Town Clerk at the Public Meeting.

Anyone wishing to speak on this matter at the Public Meeting is encouraged to pre-register early, and no later than five (5) business days in advance of the Meeting (by Monday February 1, 2021 at 1:00 p.m.). For those without a computer, a dial-in phone number is available.

Contact the Town Clerk to pre-register or to submit comments.  Comments may also be submitted by calling the Town Clerk at 519-599-3131 extension 232 or via Fax: 519-599-7723.

Comments can also be mailed to: Town Clerk, Town Hall, 32 Mill St. Box 310, Thornbury ON, N0H 2P0

January 27, 2021 at 9:00 am

Public Notice

Shared Tower Corporation is proposing to construct a new telecommunication tower on the subject lands. The proposed tower is planned to be 65m in height and is proposed to be a self-support lattice-style tower. A pre-fabricated galvanized steel equipment cabinet is also proposed to be located at the base of the Tower.

Please note that the establishment of new telecommunication facilities is under the exclusive jurisdiction of the Federal Government. Innovation, Science and Economic Development (ISED) Canada is the approval authority for telecommunication towers and requires all proponents of new facilities to consult local planning authorities to ensure local protocols and surroundings are considered during the mandated site selection process. The Town of The Blue Mountains Municipal Telecommunication Protocol requires public consultation for any proposal for new telecommunication facilities.

The Town of The Blue Mountains would like to advise residents that a contractor will be performing work on the sanitary system in the area of Alice Street West between Elmas St and Park Lane.

Monday January 4, 2021 between 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.

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

For more information please contact:
Water and Wastewater Inquiries  
Town of The Blue Mountains, Operations Department
Phone: 519-599-3131 x 284

The Town of the Blue Mountains would like to advise residents that following the direction of the Grey Bruce Public Health Unit, a COVID-19 outbreak has been declared as three Town employees have tested positive for COVID-19. 

The Grey Bruce Health Unit and the Town would like to emphasize that the three positive cases are isolated to one Town department and are from employees that do not regularly interact with members of the public. Through extensive contact tracing efforts, all individuals that were in direct or close contact have been contacted and have been instructed to self-isolate.

“Working together, the Town of The Blue Mountains and Health Unit staff carefully evaluated the situation and implemented immediate measures to mitigate the risk of transmission,” said Medical Officer of Health and Chief Executive Officer of the Grey Bruce Public Health Unit, Doctor Ian Arra. “The collaboration between the Health Unit and the Town, along with rapid and accurate communication of vital information allowed for a timely, robust, and effective contact tracing process to take place. We thank the Town leadership and staff for their dedication and commitment to health”.

Following Public Health direction, the three individuals are at home in self-isolation. As a further safety precaution, additional employees within the department that were identified as close contacts are also at home in self-isolation. To ensure privacy and confidentiality, the identity of the individuals will not be disclosed. No additional information will be provided by the Town in respect to the processes and measures that are led by the Health Unit.

“I would like to thank the Grey Bruce Public Health Unit for their leadership and management of this situation. Through an excellent working relationship, and through detailed record-keeping, contact tracing was conducted immediately, and all individuals found to have had close contact to these cases have been contacted,” explained Chief Administrative Officer Shawn Everitt. “On behalf of the Town and community, I would like to extend my best wishes for the health, safety and recovery of the impacted individuals”.

As is the case in all outbreaks and case management, Public Health is the lead and will contact individuals if they have been in close contact with someone who has COVID-19, based on a thorough risk assessment completed by Public Health. Determining who is a close contact is a decision that can only be made by Public Health. Anyone identified as a contact to these cases has been contacted by a Public Health case manager directly. Anyone that has not been contacted by Public Health is not considered at risk and does not need to take any additional steps, including asymptomatic testing.

“I join CAO Everitt in thanking the Grey Bruce Public Health Unit for helping us manage this situation,” stated Mayor Alar Soever. “COVID-19 is here in our community, and it is inevitable that some cases will arise. It is important that we all follow Public Health advice and keep our close contacts to an absolute minimum so that when cases do arise, contact tracing and containment can be effective in preventing further spread.”

For more information, please contact:

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

The Town of The Blue Mountains is excited to announce that the new groomed trails on the Georgian Trail and at the Tomahawk Recreational Facility are now ready for public use.

New for the winter season, the Town has expanded winter recreation opportunities to help encourage residents to explore and experience nature and the natural beauty of The Blue Mountains. Details regarding the new groomed trails have been included below:

Georgian Trail

The Town will be grooming the Georgian Trail throughout the winter season. The Georgian Trail is a multi-use trail for walking, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, fat biking, and other eco-friendly activities. There will not be set tracks for cross county skiing on the Georgian Trail due to the limited space. 

Tomahawk Recreational Facility

The Town will be grooming a hard-packed loop trail at the Tomahawk Recreational Facility throughout the winter season. Weather permitting, set tracks for cross country skiing will be added along the groomed trail.

Before You Go

The Town would like to emphasize that motorized and gas-powered machines are not permitted on the Georgian Trail or at the Tomahawk Recreational Facility. In addition, all dogs must be leashed, and please remember to pick up after your pets. Please also respect the natural areas and take all garbage with you.

As a reminder, when enjoying a public space please remember to practice 2-metre physical distancing, wash your hands regularly and stay at home if you are sick. In addition, the Town would like to emphasize that common touchpoints within public outdoor spaces are not sanitized or cleaned after each use.

For details, visit: www.exploreblue.ca/recreation

For more information, please contact:

Community Services Department
(519) 599-3131 ext. 281

The Town of The Blue Mountains would like to advise residents that all municipal facilities will be closed to public access beginning on Thursday, December 24, 2020, in response to the Provincial shutdown announced yesterday. The closures will remain in effect until the Province ends the shutdown and until it is deemed safe to open for public access.

Facility closures include: Town Hall, Beaver Valley Community Centre and Arena, Craigleith Community Centre, Ravenna Hall, The Blue Mountains Public Library and the Craigleith Heritage Depot.

During the facility closures, all essential services will continue to operate as normal. Town staff will continue to be available to assist residents over the phone and by email during regular business hours. Online services can also be accessed 24/7 by visiting: www.thebluemountains.ca/online-services.cfm

In addition, the Town would like to advise residents of the following operational updates:

  • A special meeting of Council has been scheduled for Monday, January 4, 2021, at 1:00 pm to discuss the impacts of the Provincial shutdown and necessary actions to support the community and businesses.
  • The Town has been in contact with all licensed Short Term Accommodation owners and operators. Town staff will be actively monitoring licensed Short Term Accommodation units throughout the community during the Provincial shutdown.
  • The Town waste disposal site will continue to operate as modified, with hours of operation reduced by one hour each day to accommodate additional cleaning.
  • The new outdoor winter recreational activities will continue to be offered as planned, which include the grooming of the Georgian Trail and the Tomahawk Recreational Complex as permitted by the Province within the Grey Zone criteria. For details, visit: www.exploreblue.ca/recreation
  • The Blue Mountains Public Library will continue to provide virtual programs, services and curbside pickup. Please check the Blue Mountains Public Library website for details: www.thebluemountainslibrary.ca/

The Town would also like to remind the public that regardless of where you are from, gatherings are now restricted to members of the same household, and it is expected that everyone follows the current public health guidelines, which includes: wearing a mask or face covering in public indoor spaces, limiting close contacts with those outside your household, practicing physical distancing of at least 2 metres, and washing hands with soap and water or sanitizer for at least 20 seconds.

For additional information regarding the Provincial Shutdown, please visit the Province of Ontario website at: https://covid-19.ontario.ca or the Grey Bruce Health Unit website at www.publichealthgreybruce.on.ca.

For more information, please contact:

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

For more information, please contact:

Shawn Everitt
CAO
(519) 599-3131 ext. 234

The Town of the Blue Mountains would like to advise residents that an impromptu holiday parade will take place throughout the community today starting at 1:30 pm. Starting at Fire Station 1, the parade will travel through Clarksburg, Thornbury, Lora Bay, Craigleith, and Ravenna.

The parade will include vehicles from various Town departments, along with the Ontario Provincial Police, Grey County Paramedics and Grey County Tourism. The Town has also received confirmation that a very special visitor will participate in the parade to share holiday joy and best wishes with residents.

The parade was not advertised in advance to ensure community safety. Instead, a video of the parade will be filmed and posted online. To watch the video when it is live, please visit: www.exploreblue.ca/video-experiences

For more information, please contact:

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

January 28, 2021 from 5-7 p.m.

Notice of Public Information Centre (Virtual)

The Town has identified water pressure and fire flow concerns in Pressure Zone 4C which is in the area known locally as Tyrolean Village.  A large portion of the watermain in this area is at the end of its useful life and requires replacement. The works will include the following:    

  • Replacement of approximately 470m of Watermain on Craigmore Crescent and Tyrolean Lane including Water Services to Property Line;
  • Removal of the existing Pressure Reducing Valve (PRV) on Craigmore Crescent at County Road 19 and the addition of 2 new PRV’s, one located on Birch View Trail between Arlberg Crescent and Brooker Boulevard and the other located on Tyrolean Lane east of Craigmore Crescent;
  • Extension of the existing Watermain on Craigmore Crescent to loop the existing Watermain to Settler’s Way (approx. 80m);
  • Installation of approximately 70m of new Watermain on Birch View Trail from Arlberg Crescent to Brooker Boulevard;
  • Restoration of Disturbed Areas.

The Town intends to proceed with this construction project in the summer of 2021.

For more information on the project please visit the Towns website at:   
 
VIRTUAL PUBLIC OPEN HOUSE
A Virtual Public Open House is being held to gather input from stakeholders. All those interested in the project are invited to attend the Virtual Public Open House on Thursday January 28 2021 from 5-7 pm.
 

To register for this event and/or for additional information please contact:

Town of The Blue Mountains, Operations Department
Phone: (519) 519-3131 Ext. 277
 

Yesterday, the Province of Ontario announced that the Town of The Blue Mountains will receive $385,000 in emergency operating funds as part of the second phase of the Federal-Provincial Safe Restart Agreement. In addition, the Town will receive $99,000 to help cover 2021 operational funding.

“I would like to thank the Province for its continued support.” stated Mayor Alar Soever. “This funding is  critical to the Town to cover costs associated with COVID-19,”  Since the start of the pandemic, the Town of The Blue Mountains has implemented a variety of measures to ensure community safety and to support local businesses through these difficult times. This funding will go a long way towards mitigating the costs we have had, and continue to have, to keep our community safe. Last but not least, I want to thank our finance staff, who have worked so diligently to manage and document our costs throughout the pandemic, so that we were able to successfully apply for and receive this funding.”

About the Safe Restart Funding

The federal-provincial Safe Restart Agreement is an historic partnership that secured up to $4 billion in emergency funding for Ontario’s municipalities to help them on the road to a safe recovery. Of the $695 million announced today, $299 million is being allocated across all 444 municipalities to help provide more financial relief, as 2021 operating budgets are finalized.

To read the full press release from the Province of Ontario, please visit: https://news.ontario.ca/mah/en

For more information, please contact:

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

Construction work to provide sanitary servicing to the Thornbury Village Cidery will begin January 11, 2021

Notice of Construction Activity   

RE: Thornbury Village Cidery Sanitary Service Installation                                                                           

This is to advise residents of upcoming construction work to provide sanitary servicing to the Thornbury Village Cidery. Construction will start on January 11, 2021 and is expected to be completed by February 12, 2021.

Residents are advised that normal construction activity will be occurring on the site, including but not limited to construction equipment, dump trucks, and site crews. Noise from construction activities will be in accordance with the Town Noise By-law 2002-9.

Should there be planned service interruptions to nearby properties, advance and detailed notice will be provided. In addition, in the event that road or lane closures are require, notice will also be provided. The sewer construction will temporarily interfere with the use of the Georgian Trail where it crosses through the public park area near McAuley and Huron Streets. For this stretch of trail, the contractor will place Construction Ahead signs along the trail east and west of the work area.

The trail will remain open at all times and a dedicated flag person will be on site during construction to safely escort trail users past the construction area. At the end of each workday, the contractor will reinstate any portion of disturbed trail area for after hours use.

Thank you for your patience and cooperation for any inconvenience that the temporary construction activities or service interruptions may result in.

For more information, please visit the Development Project page on the Town website: thebluemountains.ca/thornbury-cidery

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

Public Notices

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