Mayor Don’s Update –
Happy Canada Day
Canada Day provides an opportunity to celebrate with family and friends, but also reflect on what it means to be Canadian. We are blessed with beautiful natural amenities, diverse communities, and a strong democracy.
As Canadians, we have pulled together nationwide to work collectively and protect one another during this pandemic. This is exemplified throughout Springwater, where our residents are welcoming and inclusive, greatly involved in their community and willing to look out for their neighbours. Throughout the year, we will continue to see many changes,but when our community works together, we know that great things can happen. Howeveryou choose to celebrate this year, I wish you a very safe and happy Canada Day!
Step One Impacts on Municipal Services -June 24/2021
On Friday, June 11, the Province of Ontario entered Step One of its Roadmap to Reopen amid rising vaccination levels and continued improvements in key public health indicators.Step One focuses on the resumption of some outdoor activities with smaller crowds and permits more limited indoor settings to be open, all with restrictions in place. A simple, easy-to-understand summary of the restrictions can be found on the Province’s“Reopening Ontario” webpage at ontario.ca/page/reopening-ontario.
As a result of the framework under Step One, the following municipal services, facilities and amenities have been impacted:
For additional information on how the Township is responding to the COVID-19 pandemic, visit springwater.ca/COVID19.
Step Two Impacts on Springwater Municipal Services
Township of Springwater / June 29, 2021 – On Wednesday, June 30 at 12:01 a.m., Ontario is scheduled to move into Step Two of the Province’s Roadmap to Reopen.
Permissible activities include, but are not limited to:
• Outdoor social gatherings and organized public events with up to 25 people.
• Indoor social gatherings and organized public events with up to 5 people.
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Step Two of the Roadmap focuses on the resumption of more outdoor activities and limited
indoor services with small numbers of people where face coverings are worn, with other
restrictions in place.
• Essential and other select retail at 50% capacity.
• Non-essential retail at 25% capacity.
• Personal care services, where face coverings can be worn at all times, at 25% capacity and with other restrictions.
• Outdoor dining for up to 6 people per table, with exceptions for larger households.
• Indoor religious services, rites, or ceremonies, including wedding services and funeral
services, up to 25% capacity.
• Outdoor fairs, rural exhibitions, and festivals at 25% capacity and with other restrictions.
As a result of the framework under Step Two, the following municipal services, facilities, and amenities will be affected:
• The Township Administration Centre and Minesing Fire Station 3 are open to the public, Monday to Friday from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm. Appointments are strongly encouraged as staff are available on a rotating schedule.
• Community halls remain unavailable for venue rental at this time.
• All recreational sports fields, basketball courts, tennis courts, pickleball courts, and outdoor pavilions are open for groups of up to 25 people. Public washroom facilities remain closed.
• Tree Nursery Sports Park is open for permitted sports leagues and non-contact sports, including soccer and baseball. Other sports are only permitted if they can be modified to avoid contact. The sports fields must be booked in advance by contacting email@example.com.
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• Springwater Public Library is reopening two branches to the public at 25% capacity and with other restrictions in place. The Midhurst branch will open on Monday, July 5 and the Elmvale branch on Tuesday, July 6. Computer access will be available by appointment only. The Minesing branch will continue with Thursday curbside service.
• Playgrounds and outdoor fitness equipment are open. Physical distancing measures must be followed by all users.
• A modified summer camp program will run in accordance with public health measures laid out by the Province of Ontario and the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit.
• The Elmvale Splash Pad is open daily from 10 am to 7 pm. Physical distancing measures must be followed by all users.
• The Springwater Farmers’ Market – Elmvale is open Fridays from 9 am to 2 pm. Visitors are required to wear a mask upon entering the market.
While the province has surpassed Step Three vaccination targets, Ontario may remain in Step Two for a period of approximately 21 days to allow the most recent vaccinations to reach their full effectiveness and to evaluate any impacts of moving to Step Two on key public health indicators. When it is determined to be safe, the province will promptly move to Step Three of the Roadmap to Reopen.
For additional information on the measures and restrictions under Step Two of the Roadmap to Reopen, visit the provincial website at Ontario.ca/page/reopening-ontario.
For additional information on the status of COVID-19 in our area, visit the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit website at smdhu.org/COVID19.
For additional information on how the Township of Springwater is responding to the COVID- 19 pandemic, visit springwater.ca/COVID19.
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New General Manager Announcement
The Township is pleased to announce the appointment of Mahesh Ramdeo as the new General Manager, Infrastructure & Operational Services.
Mr. Ramdeo is a Professional Engineer and has his Masters of Business Administration in Project Management and he joins Springwater with extensive experience leading municipal engineering and infrastructure projects. He was most recently the Manager of Capital Projects with the Town of Bradford West Gwillimbury. Prior to that, he held management positions with the City of Toronto, MWH Americas, Inc., and the Guyana Water Authority.
The skills, experience, and knowledge that Mr. Ramdeo will bring to this role, will ensure that the organization and its key strategic priorities continue to move forward. We are thrilled to have him join our Springwater team. He will begin his tenure with the Township on July 12, 2021.
Community Safety and Well–being Plan Approved
Over the past year, local municipalities have come together with police and community partners across different sectors to develop a Community Safety and Well-Being Plan(CSWP) for our region. CSWB Plans are required under the Province’s Safer Ontario Act, and intended to formalize the shared responsibility for safe and healthy communities beyond policing.
Springwater Council approved the South Georgian Bay and Springwater CSWB Plan on June 16.
In this plan, we have prioritized three areas of focus: mental health and addictions, housing, and access to services. We are committed to working together with our partners towards improved social outcomes in these areas. By examining and addressing root causes rather than just symptoms, we can improve the lives of our residents and ensure everyone has the same opportunities to feel safe, connected and well.
Blood Donor Clinic
Sign up to save a life! Canadian Blood Services will be hosting a Blood Donor Clinic at the Elmvale Community Hall on July 17, from 9 am to 2 pm. Every donation counts. Book your appointment online at blood.ca or by phoning 1-888-2DONATE.
Outdoor Digital Signage
A new digital sign will be installed in Elmvale as part of the Township’s pilot Outdoor Digital Signage Program. The sign is intended to be the first of four digital signs located onmunicipally owned lands at the Township’s cardinal entry points. It will replace the current Welcome to Elmvale sign, which has been outlined as a priority upgrade.
The Outdoor Digital Signage Program was initiated following one-time funding received through the Province’s Municipal Modernization Program. Of that funding, Springwater Council allocated $100,000 towards digital signage for the purpose of strengthening the ways the Township can provide messaging and communication to our residents.
The Elmvale and District Lions Club has generously agreed to donate $20,000, in two $10,000 installments over the next six months, towards the purchase and installation of the new Welcome to Elmvale digital sign.
Gypsy Moth Information
At its regular meeting on June 16, Springwater Council discussed concerns raised by residents over gypsy moth and directed the Township’s County Council representatives to advance these concerns at the County level. Additionally, Township staff were directed to investigate options to eradicate gypsy moth in 2022, as it is too late to initiate a treatment plan for 2021.
Simcoe County forestry staff advised Township staff earlier this Spring that during its peak,the gypsy moth infestation can appear quite devastating. However, history has shown that no major impacts to forest or tree health will occur. Infestations generally occur every 7 to 10 years, and population levels can rise dramatically, but typically a collapse will follow just as quickly. The current outbreak is expected to follow this same historical pattern, and as a result, may naturally and dramatically decline in 2022. Severe feeding and subsequent defoliation do cause stress to trees. However, most healthy trees will not be impacted unless severe defoliation occurs over several consecutive years.
As a result of this and the many enquiries Council and staff have received regarding this problem this year, I will be putting forward a motion at County Council this week as follows:
Whereas: County Engineering Planning and Environment Forestry department presented to County Council report CCW – 2020 – 354 dated November 24, 2020 on Gypsy Moth Infestation Status and Recommendations, which was received;
Whereas: the infestation of the Gypsy Moth experienced to date in 2021 in areas of Simcoe County has caused significant damage to trees and property and much human suffering and consternation;
Be It Resolved that: County staff prepare an update report to Council, reviewing the extent of the infestation in Simcoe County and updated estimates of the scope of this problem ongoing in 2022 including long term effects to trees and the options and costs of dealing effectively with this problem leading into 2022 for considerations during the 2022 budget process.
Please visit simcoe.ca/gypsymoth for more information, including recommendations for landowners.
Quality Care Program
This September, Springwater Fire & Emergency Services staff will receive special training to administer Epinephrine and Naloxone, in addition their more routine first aid training. The training will be provided through the County of Simcoe Paramedic Services’ Quality Care Program. Springwater Council authorized the Township to enter into a Medical Director Services Agreement, which provides the medical oversight necessary for this program to occur.
Springwater December 31, 2020 Financial Results
The audited financial statements and related year-end financial information were reviewed approved, with recommendations, by the Finance and Audit Committee and forwarded to Council for approval last meeting. A surplus of $1.93 million for 2020 resulted from some higher than planned revenue and reduced expenses in certain areas. Council decided to allocate $62,197 of this to a Library Reserve Fund and the rest of the surplus to the Tax Rate Stabilization Reserve to keep it in reserve for future use as needed.
The 2020 Statement of Development Charge and Cash-in-lieu of Parkland Reserve Funds and Treasurer’s Report were reviewed and approved by Council, as were the 2020 Reserves and Reserve Funds Statements.
Finally, the Long Range Financial Plan (LRFP) Report prepared by Watson & Associates was further reviewed and discussed and recommendations specifically contained therein were approved regarding updating the Township’s Development Charge Background Study to require more upfront funding for development and establish a maximum debt capacity limit for the Township. Ongoing updating of this LRFP will enable Council to use this in determination of funding amounts, timing and sources and in discussions with developers with respect to this.
This reporting expresses my thoughts and not necessarily those of Council.
I hope you have received or are about to receive your vaccines. Stay well and Happy Summer.