The Province of Ontario has announced that as of Tuesday, February 16 at 12:01 am, the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit area will be moving into the red-control category of the Provincial COVID-19 Framework and will no longer be subject to the Stay-at-Home order.
Under the red-control category organized public events and gatherings are limited to 5 people indoors and 25 people outdoors. Restaurants may resume in person dining but are limited to 10 people seated indoors. There is also a 4-person limit to the number of people who may be seated together. Under the new restrictions, supermarkets and other stores that primarily sell grocery or pharmacy must have a 75% capacity limit in place, whereas all other retail is restricted to a 50% capacity limit.
The Township will be re-opening the Administration Centre to the public as of Monday, February 22. Appointments are strongly encouraged. All staff contact information is available on the Township website at www.springwater.ca/contact. The Township Emergency Community Control Group will continue to meet to determine appropriate measures for the municipality.
Please remember that the COVID-19 pandemic continues to be a serious situation. The UK variant of the disease is prevalent in our area. If our numbers begin to rise, we may be subject to another lockdown. Please only go out for essentials, avoid public gatherings, and continue to follow the advice of the Public Health Unit.
New Dog Licensing Service Launched
The Township has partnered with DocuPet to provide pet licensing and lost pet services. This change will make pet licensing easier and more convenient by providing an online service for our residents. In addition to a contactless license application and delivery platform, DocuPet also offers dog owners a secure online profile linked to their pet and 24/7 lost pet services to safely reunite lost pets with their owners.
Along with this change, your dog’s licence will now be valid for 365 days from the date of purchase rather than a calendar year approach.
Licensing your dog in Springwater is mandatory. The following fees apply to dog licensing:
If you had purchased a lifetime tag prior to December 31, 2020, your tag will remain valid, however owners are requested to set-up their pet’s profile online with DocuPet to ensure if they get lost, we can get them home quickly and safely.
To learn more and license your dog, visit www.springwater.ca/canine.
Official Plan Stakeholders Meeting
The Township continues to plan for the future through the review of our Official Plan. The revised plan will guide how the Township grows and changes over the next 20 years, and provide guidance on housing, industry, retail and community amenities, as well as protect the natural environment and heritage features.
There will be a stakeholders meeting held on Tuesday, February 23, 2021 at 6:00 pm via Zoom. The meeting will provide an update on the process and also review three key background studies which have recently been drafted: the Draft Population-Related Employment Land Market Study, the Draft Intensification Study and the Draft Bayfield Corridor Study. Anyone interested in the Official Plan Review is encouraged to attend.
To learn more about the plan, the background studies and how to participate in the meeting, visit: www.springwater.ca/OPR
Springwater at Home Contest
Have you been active and creative while staying home this winter? During the COVID-19 pandemic, our yards have served us with endless hours of fun and entertainment and the Township of Springwater wants to see how you’ve made the most of it. Have you built a snow castle, created an obstacle course or turned your snow-covered yard into a paint canvas? Show us what you’ve been up to for your chance to win one of three, $50 gift cards to a local Springwater business. All you need to do is snap a picture and share it with the Township at www.springwater.ca/SpringwaterAtHome to be entered into a draw! This contest closes March 5, so make sure you get you entries in!
County of Simcoe Investment in Lake Simcoe Regional Airport
In January 2020, the County of Simcoe became the majority shareholder of the Lake Simcoe Regional Airport (LSRA), with a 90 percent ownership stake, recognizing that the importance and use of this airport will continue to increase. Over the past year, the County has taken the lead role in implementing phase one of the Strategic Plan to support regional economic growth and attract new job opportunities for residents.
The County has been working with area partners to advance a critical runway expansion approval and funding process which will see the widening of the runway from 100ft to 150ft and new infrastructure to support the lighting system and drainage requirements. Phase two of this project includes the installation of a new LED lighting system, and extending to runway from 6,001 ft to 7000 ft. The full cost of the runway project is estimated at $6.1 million, with the County’s overall investment estimated at $3.5 million.
Additional investments include the purchase of a deicing truck, complete modernization of the airports Automatic Weather Observation System, installation of a close circuit security camera and enhancements to the terminal area.
Fact or Fiction – Simcoe County Museum Trivia Night
Looking for an entertaining evening with your family? The Simcoe County Museum is hosting Fact of Fiction – Home Edition. Participants will match wits with museum Curators as they reveal stories of mysterious and unique artifacts. This is a great way to complete against family and friends, while staying safe in your homes. At the end of the evening, the players with the highest score will win one of three prize packs of locally sourced goods, totaling $1,500. Tickets are $25 and pre-registration is required. Learn more at museum.simcoe.ca
Simcoe Waste Diversion
For the eleventh year in a row Simcoe County ranked in the top ten Ontario Municipalities for waste diversion, placing seventh with a diversion rate of 60.7%. One of the major contributing factors to the County’s diversion performance is the significant amount of divertible materials managed at the waste management facilities (19 diversion programs in 2019). The County continues to divert the most non-blue box recyclable material in the Province with about two-and-a-half times the tonnage diverted over the third ranked municipality. The County continues to be a leader in diversion and environmental stewardship with the fourth highest kg/capita diverted of 106 Ontario municipalities. The County ranked 20th with 185 kg/capita of waste disposed – below the provincial average of 245 kg/capita.
Are you looking for resources in the community – Call 2-1-1. 211 Ontario is a helpline and online database of Ontario’s community and social services. Every 2-1-1 call is answered by a highly trained specialist who will work to find you the right resources. They provide information on a variety of topics and services ranging from mental health to family services to food banks to income supports and government services. To learn more about 211 visit www.211ontario.ca
Black History Month
February is Black History Month in Canada. The 2021 theme is “The Future is Now”. Black History Month is a chance to celebrate and acknowledge the transformative work that Black Canadians and their communities are doing. To learn more Black History Month or find educational resources visit: www.canada.ca/en/canadian-heritage/campaigns/black-history-month.html.
These are my thoughts and not necessarily those of Council. Stay safe and take care.