Mayor Don’s Update – May 13, 2021

Emergency Preparedness

The week of May 2-8 was Emergency Preparedness Week. Over the week, Springwater Fire & Emergency Services encouraged everyone to get prepared in case of an emergency. Emergencies can happen at any time. Make sure you are prepared for unexpected emergencies by knowing the risks, making a plan and building a 72-hour kit. If an emergency happens, make sure you stay informed by tuning into local news channels and ensure your 72-hour kit includes a portable battery-operated or crank radio in case of power outages.

To help you get prepared, Springwater Fire will be giving away two emergency car kits this month. All you have to do is visit www.springwater.ca/emergencypreparedness and enter your name and contact information for your chance to win!

Cannabis Production Facilities Public Meeting Reminder

There will be a virtual Public Meeting taking place at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, May 31 to obtain feedback related to an update of the Office Plan and Zoning By-law with respect to policies regarding permissions and regulations for Cannabis Production Facilities.

Comments on the proposed Official Plan Amendment (OPA) and Zoning By-law Amendment (ZBA) are welcome. Written submissions are recommended and can be made prior to May 31st by e-mailing planning@springwater.ca; by regular mail to: Township of Springwater, Planning Department, 2231 Nursery Road, Minesing, ON L9X 1A8 or by the drop box located at the Administration Centre.

To learn more about the proposed changes or how to view or participate in the virtual Public Meeting, visit www.springwater.ca/cannabis

SaveStation in Glen Huron Park

A group of residents in Glen Huron Park will be crowdfunding for a new SaveStation with an automated external defibrillator (AED) to be located at Glen Huron Park. The SaveStation will be located in a highly visible, public area of the park and will be available 24/7, year-round. The initial cost of the unit is being crowdfunded by the Glen Huron Estates Community; the municipality will be responsible for the ongoing maintenance cost of the device. When a cardiac arrest happens, quick access to an AED is critical to ensure the best chance of survival. With this in mind, in 2019 Springwater invested in 12 public access SaveStations throughout the municipality.

Provincial Consultation on Strengthening Accountability for Municipal Council Members

On March 5, 2021, the Province of Ontario announced it would be launching a public consultation process to seek input on ways to increase accountability of council members. The intent of the consultation is to ensure that councillors and heads of council maintain a safe and respectful workplace and carry out their duties as elected officials ethically and responsibly. Currently, municipalities are required to have a code of conduct for members of councils and certain local boards, as well as provide access to an integrity commissioner, however, there is no standard code across the Province.

A survey has been released to receive feedback from members of Council, municipal staff and members of the public. Springwater Council will be submitting a formal response to the Province regarding the consultation. Members of the public are encouraged to learn more about this process and submit their own feedback online until July 15 at:  https://www.ontario.ca/page/consultation-strengthening-accountability-municipal-council-members

Gas Tax Funding and Reconstruction Projects

The Federal Government is providing additional Gas Tax Funding, now known as the Canada Community-Building Fund, to assist municipalities in the economic recovery from the pandemic. The Township received an additional allocation of $581,084 and as a result a number of area roads will see improvements this year. Council has approved the following reconstruction projects: Golf Course Road ($187,000), Old Orchard Road ($75,000), Portage Trail ($75,000), Pineview Avenue ($15,000), Peacher Street ($15,000), Lawrence Road ($75,000), Kerr Street ($35,000), Sandy Bend Road ($35,000), Vigo Road ($75,000). Additionally, Council approved the reconstruction ofDobson Road South ($45,000) from another funding source.

Model Homes for Midhurst Development

New model homes for the Midhurst Development have been approved by Council. A total of 8 model homes will be located on the northwest corner of Anne Street and Carson Road, just north of the approved sales centre lands, known municipally as 1404 Carson Road.

County Extends Waste Facility Hours

The County has extended operating hours at waste facilities to support residents and businesses during COVID-19. All sites except Mara and Matchedash have moved to six days-a-week service and hours of operation have increased to 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

The County is requesting that all residents continue to follow all Public Health recommendations and only make necessary trips to the waste facilities. For a full schedule of facility days and hours visit Simcoe.ca/covid19

Ask an Expert Series – Businesses in Transition and How to Stay in Control

The County is continuing to support businesses through their ‘Ask an Expert Series’. On May 20 from 2:00-3:30 p.m., the County of Simcoe and area partners will host their next virtual session for business owners, with a focus on ‘Businesses in Transition and How to Stay in Control’.  Local experts will provide information regarding staying in control after negative financial growth and transitioning.

This is a free event; however, registration is required. To register, visit https://askanexpert_businesstransition.eventbrite.ca/

These comments reflect my thoughts and not necessarily those of council.

Stay safe.