Public advised to travel with caution in the event of heavy rain this weekend

January 9, 2019, Simcoe, ON – Residents are being asked to take precautions with heavy rain in this weekend’s forecast.

 

The Long Point Region Conservation Authority has issued a Flood Outlook with as much as 95mm of rain being predicted to hit the west end of the county while the areas around Simcoe, Waterford and Port Dover are expected to get 50-65mm.

 

Norfolk County and the Haldimand-Norfolk Health Unit are reminding residents to avoid the areas around waterways and to take caution travelling in low-lying areas.

Norfolk County appoints interim CAO

January 7, 2020, Simcoe, ON – General Manager of Community Services Bill Cridland was named Norfolk County’s interim CAO at a special meeting of Council Jan. 7.

Cridland has held a number of senior positions with Norfolk County, and has worked in municipalities – including the City of London and the Township of Delhi – for 25 years.

“Bill has a wealth of experience with Norfolk, which makes him an ideal candidate for the interim CAO role,” says Mayor Kristal Chopp.

Norfolk celebrates Crime Stoppers Month

A Crime Stoppers of Haldimand & Norfolk Flag will be flown in Governor Simcoe Square throughout January to celebrate Crime Stoppers Month.
Since its inception in 1988, Crime Stoppers of Haldimand & Norfolk has helped police arrest over 2000 people, keep over $42.5 million in drugs off the streets and recover $5.7 million in stolen property. To submit a tip, call 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) or visit helpsolvecrime.com.
Pictured is Norfolk County Clerk Andy Grozelle (right) with members of Norfolk OPP and Haldimand &

Norfolk County staffing update

December 18, 2019, Simcoe, ON – Effective December 31, Norfolk County’s interim CAO has ended his employment contract – which was set to end in March 2020 – to pursue another professional opportunity.

“I would like to thank Council and County staff for their warm welcome and support over the past several months,” says McQueen. “I have had the opportunity to learn and grow from Council and many talented staff who have taken on challenges, brought new thinking and supported positive changes.

Norfolk County staff raise more than $25,000 for charity

December 10, 2019, Simcoe, ON – Norfolk County staff raised more than $25,000 for charity this year as part of a regular giving program that supports a number of important community causes.

 

The program sees staff take part in “Dress Down Days” on Fridays by contributing two dollars from each week’s pay to charity.

 

“We’re extremely proud to be able to give back to the community in this way,” says CAO Chris McQueen.

County to host Pop-up Camp Wednesday

December 9, 2019, Simcoe, ON – A ‘Pop-up Camp’ will be offered by Norfolk County Parks and Recreation in the event of teacher job action this week.

 

Should local schools be closed, Norfolk will provide a day camp Dec. 11 at the Simcoe Recreation Centre from 7:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.

 

Participants from 4-13 will enjoy games, time with peers and a chance to burn energy while being led by a group of certified program leaders.

Book of Remembrance now available online

December 2, 2019, Simcoe, ON – Lance Corporal William Atkinson, of Waterford, was 30 years old fighting in World War I when he died Oct. 24, 1918.

Private Thomas H. Clary, of Langton, met the same fate during World War II on July 19, 1944.

They’re two of over 300 residents of Norfolk County who were lost fighting for freedom.

As part of Norfolk County’s Heritage and Culture’s mission to pay homage to the county’s fallen soldiers, an online Book of Remembrance has been created.

g.i.r.l.s. Power Camp returns to Camp Trillium

December 3, 2019, Simcoe, ON – For more than 20 years, Norfolk County, Haldimand & Norfolk Women’s Services, and Haldimand-Norfolk REACH (Resource Education and Counseling Help) have teamed up to offer a unique experience to Grade 8 girls in our community.

 

Based at Camp Trillium in Waterford – g.i.r.l.s. (growth, independence, respect, leadership) Power Camp is a three-day program that provides fun and interactive learning experiences in a camp setting for over 50 girls from the counties of Haldimand and Norfolk.

County offers kids camp in event of school closures

December 3, 2019, Simcoe, ON – Norfolk County Parks and Recreation will offer programming to Norfolk County students in the event of teacher job action this week.

 

Should local facilities be closed, Norfolk will provide a day camp Dec. 4 at the Talbot Gardens multipurpose room from 7:30 a.m. – 5:30 pm.

 

Throughout the day, participants will enjoy games, time spent with friends and exercise while being led by a group of certified program leaders.

Community invited to Friday the 13th debrief session

December 2, 2019, Simcoe, ON – The community will have an opportunity to provide feedback on the last Friday the 13th event to Norfolk County Council next week.

Council will hold a meeting to debrief on the event on December 10 at 7 p.m. in Council Chambers, following a Public Hearing Committee meeting.

The meeting is meant to give the public a chance to provide comment on what works and what could be improved about the event, which during warm weather months can see upwards of 100,000 attendees.

Reminder: Recycling in plastic bags no longer accepted

Norfolk County will no longer accept recycling in plastic bags as of December 1.

Instead, residents are asked to use recycling boxes – one for paper products and one for containers.

The bags cause a variety of problems, including jamming up conveyor belts, which slow down the sorting process and drive up recycling costs.

Staff at the Material Recovery Centre must also manually rip open each bag for sorting, and the contents are often contaminated by food or other waste, rendering the entire package unrecyclable.

Norfolk County looking to hire summer students

Nov. 28 – Are you a team player? Do you enjoy working with children? Want to spend your summer by the lake? How about maintaining forests?

Norfolk County is currently hiring dozens of students in several different roles including marine attendant, camp leader, forestry crew, information technology, lifeguards, etc. for the 2020 summer season.

“We have a number of full-time staff who worked as students for Norfolk County,” said Erin Anderson, Norfolk’s Director of Human Resources.

Norfolk County asking Port Dover residents to reduce water usage

Norfolk County is asking residents in Port Dover to reduce their water usage while staff deal with an unscheduled repair of a water filtration unit at the Port Dover Water Treatment Plant.

The damaged unit – which underwent repairs earlier this year – has been taken offline and there is no impact on water safety or quality.

In order to ensure adequate water supply for fire protection purposes, as well as to maintain appropriate water pressure across the system, Norfolk County is asking that all residents and business owners in Port Dover reduce their overall water consumption until further notice.

Residents warned to avoid driving through flooded roads

Nov. 27 – With a Flood Warning in place along the Lake Erie shoreline, Norfolk County and the Haldimand-Norfolk Health Unit are reminding people to take precautions for their safety, including avoiding areas that are affected by floodwaters.

Residents should not to walk or drive through floodwaters, as they can be deeper than they appear. Water levels can rise quickly, so exercise extreme caution when travelling along the Lake Erie shore.

Norfolk County warning residents of potential phone scam

Nov. 27 – Norfolk County has received reports of fraudulent phone calls being received by residents in nearby municipalities purporting to be from that area’s Provincial Offences Act (POA) Court.

 

The message asks residents to call the POA courthouse or press 2 and indicates they are going to be arrested for unpaid fines and fraud.

 

A live person then advises them that they are from Revenue Canada or the police and tells them they will be arrested.