Step Two Municipal Service Impacts

On June 30, Ontario entered Step Two of the Province’s Roadmap to Reopen amid rising vaccination levels and continued improvements in key public health indicators. Step Two focuses on further expanding outdoor activities and resuming limited indoor services with small numbers of people where face coverings are worn. A simple, easy-to-understand summary of the restrictions can be found on the Province’s “Reopening Ontario” webpageat ontario.ca/page/reopening-ontario.

As a result of the framework under Step Two, the following municipal services, facilities and amenities have been impacted:

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 recreation@springwater.ca.
Springwater Public Library has opened its Midhurst and Elmvale branches to the public at 25% capacity and with other restrictions in place. 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.

For additional information on how the Township is responding to the COVID-19 pandemic, visit springwater.ca/COVID19.

 

Community Broadband Survey

The Township recognizes that many Springwater residents do not have access to stable, reliable broadband service. Now more than ever, high-speed internet access is necessary for anyone working remotely, participating in virtual schooling, or operating a home-based business or agricultural operation.

In an effort to collect valuable information and data regarding local internet service and connectivity, we have developed a survey for residents and business owners to share their experiences. The results of this survey will be evaluated by the Community Broadband Advisory Committee and used to determine service levels as well as areas for potential improvement.

The Community Broadband Advisory Committee was formed to facilitate community broadband expansion in Springwater. In addition to fostering partnerships between interested residents and local internet services providers, the Committee will advocate to other levels of government for additional funding to support community broadband projectsin our rural areas. No municipal tax dollars will be used for service improvements.

Please take the time to share your thoughts and experiences regarding broadband internet in Springwater. The survey can be found at surveymonkey.com/r/8W9WZWH.

Off-Road Vehicle Outreach Program

The use of off-road vehicles (ORVs), including ATVs, UTVs and dirt bikes, is becoming more and more of a popular activity in the Township of Springwater. To help riders gain a better understanding of the ORV By-law, the Township has introduced a pilot Off-Road Vehicle Outreach Program in partnership with the Central Ontario ATV Club (COATV), Simcoe County Off-Road Riders Association (SCORRA) and the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP).

The first program was held on Sunday, June 27 at the trailhead near Phelpston Road and Rainbow Valley Road West. Township staff and SCORRA/COATV representatives met with roughly 30 ATV/Side-by-Side riders and 25 dirt bike riders to provide information on which trails are permitted for ORV use, along with rider safety, insurance and licensing.

The Township’s By-law Department is conducting this program throughout the summer. The next session will be held on Sunday, July 11 from 10 am to 2 pm at Flos Road 7 Westand Old Penetang Road. For further program details, visit springwater.ca/ORV.

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 Saturday, July 17 from 9 am to 2 pm. Every donation counts. Book your appointment online at blood.ca or by phoning 1-888-2DONATE.

These are my thoughts and not necessarily those of Council. Stay safe and Happy Summer.