Mayor Don’s Update – December 10, 2020

Christmas Events

Although COVID-19 is preventing us from hosting our traditional Christmas events or public gatherings, organizations throughout the Township want to make this year special.

Virtual Tree Lightings

The Midhurst Community Recreation Association hosted a great Virtual Tree Lighting on December 5 which I attended along with MP Doug Shipley and others. Anten Mills will be hosting their virtual tree lighting on December 12. Be sure to tune in to the live streams on their Facebook page: Anten Mills Community Bulletin’. Thank you to all the organizers of these excellent events for ensuring our community can still come together virtually to celebrate the holidays safely.

Light Up Springwater

The Township will be hosting Light Up Springwater and has encouraged organizations and associations around Springwater to ‘light up’ for the holidays from December 12-24. If you have your own great Christmas display and would like to participate, you are encouraged to enter your address for participation on the Township website at www.springwater.ca/lightupspringwater. A map of all participating locations will be created so that families can take a magical self-driving tour through Springwater.

Santa’s Firetruck Tour

In effort to keep traditions alive this holiday season, the local firefighters will be touring with Santa throughout the municipality on December 23 & December 24 to spread cheer and goodwill. While on tour, the firefighters will also be collecting food for the local Food Bank. Visit springwater.ca for route maps and details.

However you choose to celebrate this holiday season, I hope you have a safe and wonderful Christmas, and a very happy New Year.

Ministry provides approval for Carson Road Stage 1 infrastructure in Midhurst

The Ministry of the Environment, Conservation and Parks (MECP) has provided confirmation to the Township that the conditions related to the external works associated with Midhurst Secondary Plan Environmental Assessment (EA) have been fulfilled and infrastructure works related to the Carson Road Stage 1 Subdivision (Micks) may proceed.

As a result, the developer of the project is permitted to proceed with external works associated with this stage of the Midhurst Secondary Plan, specifically:

Midhurst Interim Wastewater Treatment Plant;
Effluent discharge pipe from the Wastewater Treatment Plant along Wilson Drive and Highway 26;
Carson Road Interim Water Treatment Plant and associated wells; and
External road upgrades related to this phase.

For additional information on the Midhurst Secondary Plan and the EA, visit www.springwater.ca/MSP.

New Foodbank

Last issue, the official opening of the new Elmvale and District Foodbank was reviewed. Thanks to a recent donation from Steve Loftus and Innovative Automation, the new required shelving was donated and is completely installed and items have been organized on them, with the help of other volunteers as well. See this exciting transformation at https://www.facebook.com/Elmvalefoodbank.

2021 Springwater Budget

Council continues this week reviewing the draft Springwater budget in detail. These budget sessions can be viewed on the Council webcasts page at Springwater.ca. More detail will be provided once the budget is finalized.

New Accessibility Plan Approved

The new Multi-Year Accessibility Plan has been approved by Council. The plan assists in preventing, identifying and removing barriers that stand in the way of persons with disabilities from being able to access services, facilities and information. A survey was conducted to gain resident feedback on priorities and the new plan was reviewed and approved by the Joint Accessibility Advisory Committee. The new accessibility plan addresses accessibility in relation to information and communication, employment, transportation, design of public spaces and customer service. To learn more visit:https://www.springwater.ca/en/township-hall/accessibility.aspx

County of Simcoe – Waste Collection Cart Options

In the fall of 2021, the County of Simcoe will be moving to a cart-based system for curbside waste collection services. The automated cart system will bring further consistency to waste collections, allow for additional storage of recyclables and organics and added convenience for residents.

At the November 24 meeting of County Council, Council members agreed to a 240-litre sized garbage cart – which is a 50 percent increase over the current permitted size. The organics/compost cart will be 120 litres and the recycling cart will be 360 litres.

County staff are currently developing a distribution strategy for the new carts to be delivered to all County of Simcoe households. Once the new cart system starts, residents will have the option of recycling their old bins or keeping them for storage.

COVID-19 Update

As of the writing of this article, the case counts continue to rise in Simcoe County and specifically in Springwater. This past weekend, the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit announced 171 new cases in their region and 12 new cases in Springwater. This new caseload has increased the number of confirmed cases in Springwater to 60 cases overall.

I urge you to follow the advice of the Simcoe Muskoka District Health unit. Limit gatherings to those within your household, wash your hands often, wear a mask and only go out for essentials. Currently, Springwater remains in the orange-restrict level of the provincial COVID-19 framework, but to prevent us from moving further up the scale, we must all do our part to stop the spread.

The Health Unit has issued new instructions for businesses in our area. The instructions include appointing a Compliance Officer, enabling employees to work remotely as much as possible, completing active screening of employees, ensuring workers are wearing appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE) and the creation a Safety Plan. The full letter of instruction is available on the Health Unit website at www.smdhu.org.

When shopping this holiday season, I ask you please consider supporting local businesses as much as possible. Many businesses have options to shop online or allow you to order ahead for curbside pick-up.

Although COVID is preventing us from gathering with family and friends to celebrate the holidays, please check in on your neighbours, family and friends virtually or with a phone call to see how they are doing. This year especially, the holidays may be hard for people missing their family and loved ones.  Sharing a little kindness can go a long way in making someone’s day.

Have as wonderful a Christmas as possible and stay safe. 2021 will be better and we have so much to be thankful for.